Message from the President
It is with regret that the Lourdes University Board of Trustees and Lourdes Administration has made the decision to close the Franciscan Academy of Lourdes University at the end of the 2013-2014 school year.
While the Franciscan Academy has provided a first-rate education and produced some of the highest achieving students in northwest Ohio, after much reflection and with saddened hearts, we have determined that the cost to sustain this current level of excellence is not possible for demographic and economic reasons.
As a ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis, the Lourdes University community believes strongly in the mission and Franciscan values with which we were founded. The board members and administration are especially grateful for the support we received from the Sisters leadership as we addressed the long-term sustainability of the Franciscan Academy.
Congregational Minister Sr. Mary Jon Wagner, OSF, offers this poignant and heartfelt message. “For the students, parents, staff and all of us with a relationship to the Franciscan Academy: I pray that the support of God will continue to be with us and that each family and staff member will come to a peaceful direction and decision for this journey.”
For four decades, the Academy has prepared young graduates to succeed in high school, college and beyond. Many of our alumni are proudly representing the Academy in their professional and personal lives. During their time at the Academy, students have reaped the benefits of an excellent education, often scoring higher than their peers at other regional institutions. Further, many have been recognized for their achievements in regional and national competitions in science, math and reading.
The Franciscan Academy will hold informational meetings to assist parents in identifying the best institution to enroll their student in the 2014-2015 school year. Academy Director Dr. Rick Kohler will work with teachers to prepare individual packets for each student to ease his or her transition to a new school, and to assist parents in identifying the best school for next year. We will also be working with various independent and Diocesan schools to assist in this endeavor as well.
In the coming months, we will plan a small event to celebrate all that the Franciscan Academy and its faculty, staff, students and alumni have accomplished in the institution’s 40-year history. I invite alumni, parents, and students to share your memories and mementos with the Franciscan Academy staff.
David Livingston, Ph.D.
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