OLLU - A Catholic Education
Our Catholic Faith and Providence Heritage are expressed throughout our academic programs and student activities at Our Lady of the Lake University.
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS A CATHOLIC EDUCATION at Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) is shaped by our founders' unique belief in Divine Providence. Today, we continue to live out this spirit and are confident that we are guided by the loving power of God which is present in all persons and all things. This confidence shapes everything we do at the University and it is imbued in our students so that they are prepared as graduates to go out into the world and make a difference. With nothing but a gift of land and undying faith, the Sisters of Divine Providence founded Our Lady of the Lake University in 1895. Today, the Sisters continue to sponsor the University and guide our students, faculty and staff in a belief in Providence. Our Catholic faith and Providence heritage are attended to by the Mission and Ministry Division of OLLU which seeks to ma ke it a pervasive, energizing part of the entire fabric of the community. The division includes the Offi ce of Mission and Ministry, the Center for Wo men in Church and Society and Campus Ministry, which also coordinates campus chapels, liturgical services, retreats and faith formation. We welcome you to our com munity and invite you to learn more about our Providence heritage at OLLU. -- Gloria Urrabazo, Vice President for Mission and Ministry CORE VALUES True to our Catholic and Providence heritage, we espouse the following core values: FAITH IN GOD -- we are confident that God is provident, guiding, loving, caring, for all creation. RESPECT -- we are thoughtful and show courteous regard for the dignity of each person. INTEGRITY -- we strive for consistent honesty, openness, and concurrence between ideals and practice. SERVICE -- we are loving and take the time and make the effort to meet the needs of others. ollusa.edu � 210-431-3961 or 800-436-6558 (outside San Antonio) "Being involved in the Providence Parish Internship has literally changed my life. I've been working in parish youth ministry and I now know that I am meant to work with youth in some way. I've always prayed that I could help at least one kid. I feel that's what I've done through this program. It's been awesome! My spirituality has grown and I know what I'm going to do with my life." -- Bianca Centeno, senior OUR CATHOLIC FAITH AND PROVIDENCE HERITAGE ARE EXPRESSED throughout our academic programs and student activities, but they are highlighted in a number of key areas. Through our General Education curriculum, all undergraduate students take a religious studies course, a philosophy course and a service-learning course mentored by faculty. Service is ingrained in the OLLU culture. Along with service-learning courses, the University maintains a Center for Service-Learning and Volunteerism which coordinates student service with community non-profit organizations. In addition, the University operates the Harry Jersig Speech and Hearing Clinic, and the Community Counseling Service. These centers provide service to the community at low or no cost and provide students the opportunity for real-world, hands-on experience in these fields. UNIVERSITY MINISTRY fosters a welcoming and inclusive environment for spiritual development and faith formation among students, faculty, staff, and administration. Prayer services, Masses, student-led retreats, spiritual companioning, sacramental preparation (R.C.I.A.), interfaith opportunities, peer ministry, and the Providence Leadership Program flow out of a deep sense of God's Providential love and care for each of us and for all of creation. THE CENTER FOR WOMEN IN CHURCH AND SOCIETY empowers and transforms the personal and public lives of women through educational, spiritual, and leadership opportunities. MISSION STATEMENT As a Catholic university sponsored by the Sisters of Divine Providence, Our Lady of the Lake University is a community whose members are committed to serve students by: � ensuringquality,innovative undergraduate and graduate learning experiences; � fosteringspiritual,personal, and professional growth; and � preparingstudentsfor success and continued service. ollusa.edu � 210-431-3961 or 800-436-6558 (outside San Antonio) HISTORY OF OUR FOUNDERS Divine Providence (CDP). In 1866, two of the Sisters from Lorraine traveled to Texas to establish schools in the new diocese of Texas. With trust in Providence and few other resources, the Sisters began 24 Texas Catholic schools by 1886 and a branch of the CDP in Texas. In 1895, the Sisters were given a gift of land at the west end of San Antonio adjacent to Lake Elmendorf. The only stipulation was that they had to commit to constructing $75,000 in buildings on the property. The Sisters began construction on what is now the Main Building of Our Lady of the Lake University. The school was first an academy for girls. College courses were added in 1911 to train the Sisters as teachers in the schools the CDPs had established. Eventually, The Sisters of Divine Providence were formed in 1762 in Lorraine, France, by Father John Martin Moye. Father Moye organized a small group of women to go out into the rural villages of France and provide education to those who had no access. These women were without resources, but relied on Providence to conduct their ministry. Father Moye called this his Providence Project. The "project" thrived and eventually developed into the Congregation of lay women were admitted. In 1923, OLLU became the first San Antonio institution to receive regional accreditation. Since then it has been continuously accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In 1942, graduate courses were added and male students were admitted. The college became fully coeducational in 1969. Living up to its mission of providing education to those with limited access, the University introduced the Weekend College concept for working adults in 1978. A Weekend College site was opened in Houston in 1986 and in the Rio Grande Valley in 2008. Today, OLLU offers weekday, weekend and online study options. VISION STATEMENT Providence Inspired by Catholic values and the heritage of the founding Congregation of Divine Providence, Our Lady of the Lake University is a community called to transform individuals as they discover their purpose in life. We aspire to be nationally recognized for our distinctive programs, our expertise in Mexican American culture, and our diverse graduates who lead and serve with faith and wisdom to improve the world. CHARISM from the CDPs and abandonment to Divine Providence. Students, faculty and staff work together to continue to live out the charism and mission of Our Lady of the Lake University. "Because we believe in the reality of Providence, we are confident that the movements of history in which we participate are guided by the loving power of God." -- Sisters of Divine Providence constitution As a student of Our Lady of the Lake University, you will discover what Providence means as you live out your formative years of studies while being an integral part of our community life. To define "Providence" is to enter into a total dependence and abandonment to our Provident God. This is a part of the legacy of the Sisters of Divine Providence who founded our institution. The charism of our campus community is rooted in these four fundamental virtues which are simplicity, poverty, charity ollusa.edu � 210-431-3961 or 800-436-6558 (outside San Antonio) CATHOLIC IDENTITY In keeping with Catholic tradition of higher education and our Providence heritage, Our Lady of the Lake University strives to express its identity in the following manner. We are a community of scholars with a global Christian view of creation: � Weseektruththroughtheblend � Weappreciateandrespectthe of faith and intellect. unique dignity of each person. � Weviewknowledgeasagift from God and not simply utilitarian and pragmatic. � Weexploreultimatequestionsin the course of Christian reflection. � Weattendtothelessadvantaged with a responsive service that fosters justice, peace, and freedom of the Gospels. � Wecelebrateandworshipour God in the Catholic tradition. � Wepursuespiritualandsecular wisdom informed by the diverse � Wegraduateproficientleaders perspectives of the liberal arts of moral character who are and sciences. committed to serve others. "I am not Catholic but I have always been welcomed here. I put my full faith in God and the idea of Providence is universal among all beliefs. We all have this in common." -- Daniel M. Marshall, senior, transfer student ollusa.edu � 210-431-3961 or 800-436-6558 (outside San Antonio)