Our Lady of the Lake College has a reputation as both a top-notch applied liberal arts and healthcare-focused school and as a committed Catholic institution―the only Catholic institution of higher education in the state of Louisiana outside of the New Orleans area (and the only Franciscan college in the southeastern United States.) As part of this commitment, Our Lady of the Lake College holds an annual 'Celebrating Catholic Higher Education Week,' which sets aside a time to focus on the value of learning within a Catholic Franciscan tradition. This year the celebration was held March 16-20, 2015.
Events in 2015 featured topics from a student perspective. Nursing student Jeff Green spoke during the Prayer Breakfast on Monday about his trip to Haiti with others from Our Lady of the Lake College (four nursing students, two pre-med students, one respiratory therapy student, one nursing faculty member and one family member.) The group traveled to Respire’ Haiti school where they volunteered for seven days painting, cleaning, assessing and treating walk-in patients. On Wednesday, four students gave a thoughtful panel presentation about their experiences related to discerning vocation.
Other events included a Campus Mass led by Father Matt Lorrain, Director of Vocations and Seminarians for the Diocese of Baton Rouge and Our Lady of the Lake College Board Trustee, and later in the week there was a blessing of the College’s new simulation labs and St. Joseph altar attended by the College’s Board of Trustees.
Pope Francis called Catholic education “one of the most important challenges for the Church, currently committed to new evangelization in an historical and cultural context that is undergoing constant transformation.” During this week members of the College discussed the challenges and benefits of Catholic higher education; and the responsibilities of meeting the needs of the underserved and underprivileged throughout the world.
“The goal of Celebrating Catholic Higher Education Week is to give us the opportunity to talk about themes essential to our Franciscan roots,” explained Barbara Napoli, Chair of the College’s Mission Effectiveness Committee. “It is our hope to use this time to strengthen our academic, service-oriented and faith-based community and to build fresh connections between students and our Catholic traditions.”
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Offering doctoral, master’s, baccalaureate, and associate degrees, Our Lady of the Lake College is a four-year, independent Catholic institution, providing a strong foundation in the liberal arts and continuing its highly-regarded health sciences and nursing programs. Established in 1923 as a nursing school by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady (FMOL), Our Lady of the Lake College holds to a Franciscan tradition of service, offering a healing and spiritual presence for the community and especially those most in need. To learn more about Our Lady of the Lake College, please visit www.ololcollege.edu.
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