OLLU Pathways to Understanding
Following the Path of Catholic Tradition at OLLU
Pathways to Understanding Our Lady of the Lake University San Antonio • Houston • Rio Grande Valley Founded in 1895 by the Sisters of Divine Providence, Our Lady of the Lake University treasures its Catholic heritage. Our Catholic identity permeates the campus, inspires the faculty, staff and students, and shapes our decisions. Following the Path of Catholic Tradition at OLLU “BORN FROM THE HEART of the Church, a Catholic University … has always been recognized as an incomparable centre of creativity and dissemination of knowledge for the good of humanity. [The Catholic University is] dedicated to research, to teaching and to the education of students who freely associate with their teachers in a common love of knowledge …. A Catholic University’s privileged task is ‘to unite existentially by intellectual effort two orders of reality that too frequently tend to be placed in opposition as though they were antithetical: the search for truth, and the certainty of already knowing the fount of Truth.’ It is the honour and responsibility of a Catholic University to consecrate itself without reserve to the cause of truth. … By means of a kind of universal humanism a Catholic University is completely dedicated to the research of all • Search for Truth aspects of truth in their essential connection the encounter which it establishes between the • Promote a Catholic World View unfathomable richness of the salvific message • Service with the supreme Truth, who is God. … Through of the Gospel and the variety and immensity of the fields of knowledge in which that richness “This great private Catholic institution not only helped unlock my intellectual side, but Priorities of Catholic Higher Education is incarnated by it, a Catholic University enables the Church to institute an incomparably fertile dialogue with people of every culture. “ [from Ex corde Ecclesiae, an Apostolic • Social Justice • Peace • Outreach to the Needy and Excluded Constitution by Pope John Paul II, 1990] also helped me find my spiritual side.” -Jerry Morales, Alumnus Your work here at OLLU is not just a “job.” What does it mean to you to work at a Catholic university? How will your way of working enhance our Catholic identity? The Mission: Calling Us to Invest 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: • ensuring quality, innovative undergraduate and graduate learning experiences; • fostering spiritual, personal, and professional growth; and • preparing students for success and continued service. “The OLLU mission is like a promise to me….a promise that will be [kept] and not broken. [The OL LU mission] makes me realize that I am capable of doing everything I set my mind to. I am confident about my future.” As you begin your time at Our Lady of the Lake University, to what does the MISSION call you? How does it challenge you? Daisy Jazmin Zamora , Student Sponsorship: Mentoring Those on the Path Our Lady of the Lake University was founded in 1895 by the Sisters of the Congregation of Divine Providence, a religious order begun in 18th century Lorraine, France, by Blessed John Martin Moye. Arriving in Texas in 1866, members of the Congregation established the first motherhouse in Castroville in 1868. The motherhouse was moved to San Antonio in 1896 when the Main Building on what was to become the Our Lady of the Lake campus was completed. The order continues as the sponsoring organization of the University. Hundreds of Sisters of Divine Providence have participated in the founding and building of Our Lady of the Lake University since Main Building was opened in 1896. In addition to designing the departments, building the curriculum, cleaning the classrooms and dorm rooms, waxing the hallways, grooming the yards, cooking for the students and washing the dishes, they taught the classes, developed the Board of Trustees, nursed the students, checked over the boyfriends, and examined the prom dresses. Their efforts and prayers prepared doctors, lawyers, professors, Motherhouse in Castroville counselors, social workers, administrators, executives, pharmacists, biochemists, on a legacy “The OLLU founders passed of God of trusting in the Providence today.” that is preserved on campus – Judith Marquez, Student speech therapists, educators, psychologists, nutritionists, artists, musicians, and authors. Their legacy inspires us today. Their spirit graces our campus; their prayers protect us. You are inheriting a legacy of service, commitment, caring, and dependence on Providence. How will your presence at OLLU continue and enliven our legacy of depending on Providence? Sponsorship Charism*: “The relationship between Grace along the Way the Congregation of Divine *Charism: a specific gift from God evidenced to the Providence and OLLU Church and the world by a group of religious is a covenant of mutual or lay people who aspire to live their gift in such commitment to shared a way as to inspire others to desire this gift. values, vision, and mission. At OLLU our CHARISM is The Congregation and the dependence on Divine Providence. University bind themselves This CHARISM has been shared with us to this covenant to grow in by the Sisters of Divine Providence. understanding and practice of the values of justice, Depending on Divine Providence peace, service, inclusiveness, excellence in the Catholic Believing that God has only intellectual tradition, and our well-being at heart—no reliance on Providence. matter what happens. In this covenant we seek to another to respond to the Trusting in Divine Providence gifts of Providence manifest Living confidently that the in the lives and actions of the movements of history and our inspire and challenge one day-to-day lives are guided by members of the Congregation the loving power of God. and OLLU communities.” Divine Providence Board of Trustees, The name of God which May 2009 signifies God’s love and For the Univer ard of Tru stees: For the For Alu Advisory Council Sponsorsh ip is a term describe used in the everevolving North America religious to relations institutes hip betw and founded een and, for man the institutions whic managed and staffe y years, owned, adm h they d. 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The the assets and ion of the same initial Boar individua ls who served of Trustees d as How do you experience God’s Providential care along the various pathways of your life? “It is God’s plan that my ministry is here working with students.” – Daniel Perez, Staff Taking a Century-Old Path 1895 - Cornerstone of Main Building laid 1896 - Our Lady of the Lake Academy opened St. Ann’s Hall built 1901 - First Summer Normal for teacher education 1907 1911 Rev. Henry A. Constantineau, OMI, appointed first president of the College 1912 - First bachelor’s degree awarded to Sr. Angelique Ayres, CDP Our Lady of the Lake College opened with one student, Rosalie McNally (Sr. Presentation, CDP) First lay professor employed, Professor John F. O’Shea 1918 1918-19 - Our Lady of the Lake College approved first as a junior college and then as a senior college by the State of Texas 1921 Moye Hall opened; one-story natatorium built (The gymnasium was built over the swimming pool in 1931.); swimming instructor hired 1924 - OLLC granted membership in the Southern Association of Women’s Colleges 1925 - Sr. Angelique Ayres, CDP, appointed as Dean of Faculty and Studies; lay faculty expanded; Providence Hall dedicated 1929 - St. Martin Hall, elementary demonstration school, opened; closed in 2007 1937 - Metz Hall (Science Building) dedicated 1939 - Elliott House for Home Economics built 1940 - Rev. Henry A. Constantineau, president, died 1941 - Dr. John L. McMahon named second president 1942 - Opening of School of Social Service In the first 50 years, departments were added and expanded. The music, library science, and education departments became nationally known. Professional fraternities in music, the social sciences, English, home economics, business administration, art, drama, and biology encouraged excellence in the disciplines. In the second 50 years, graduate programs were added in Social Work, Education, Library Science, English, Speech Therapy/ Communication Disorders, Speech Pathology, Counseling Psychology, Human Sciences, Business Administration, and Leadership Studies. 1948 - Dedication of St. Florence Library (now Walter Student Service Center) 1956 - St. Martin Hall Annex built 1959 - Pacelli Hall opened; Ayres Hall opened in 1962 1962 - Casa Caritas built on lakeâ€™s edge, west campus 1973 - Dr. Gerald P. Burns appointed third president after Dr. McMahon resigned 1975 - College recognized as a university; named Our Lady of the Lake University of San Antonio 1978 1982 - Center for Women in Church and Sr. Elizabeth Anne Sueltenfuss, CDP, appointed fourth president; Weekend College begun Society opened 1986 - First lay chair of the Board of Trustees, C. J. Krause, appointed 1991 1995 - Construction on Centennial Residence Hall begun 1997 - Sally Mahoney becomes fifth president of the University 1999 - Archbishop Patrick F. Flores Residence Hall opened University Wellness and Activities Center (UWAC) opened 2000 2001 - Dr. Robert E. Gibbons named sixth president of OLLU 2002 Sueltenfuss Library opened Dr. Tessa Martinez Pollack named seventh president 2010 Main Building reopened after May 2008 fire destruction Our Founders and Builders We Walk in Their Footsteps Mother Florence Walter, CDP Superior General • 1886-1925 Mother Florence purchased the Elmendorf property three miles west of downtown San Antonio. Main Building opened in summer 1896. Rev. Henry Constantineau, OMI President • 1911-1940 Fr. Constantineau was named first president in 1911 when Our Lady of the Lake College opened. Mother Philothea Thiry, CDP Superior General • 1925-1943 College curriculum expanded; Sister Angelique appointed Dean of Faculty and Studies in 1925. Mother Philothea as Superior of the Congregation of Divine Providence, supplied the needed resources for the College to grow. Sr. Immaculate Gentemann, CDP Sr. Immaculate, with Sr. Mary of Mercy Cunningham, founded the Worden School of Social Service in 1942. Dr. Elizabeth Carrow-Woolfolk A former member of the Sisters of Divine Providence, Dr. Woolfolk (Sr. Mary Arthur Carrow) taught at OLLU for years and served as vice president for development. She raised money and oversaw construction of one of the nation’s first freestanding speech and language clinics in 1955. Dr. Woolfolk named the clinic after Lone Star Brewery owner Harry Jersig, the building’s major benefactor. 8 Mother Angelique Ayres, CDP Dean • 1923-1961 From her own graduation from Our Lady of the Lake College in 1911 [the first graduate] until her retirement in 1960, Mother Angelique Ayres worked tirelessly for the College and its future. Planning new buildings, acquiring accreditation, expanding the faculty, providing leadership as the first Dean, Mother Angelique holds a unique place in the history of OLLU. Sr. Mary Clare Metz, CDP Academic Dean • 1961-1972 A scientist at heart, Sr. Mary Clare taught the sciences from 1933 to 1960, and chaired the Biology Department from 1940 to 1955 before being named Academic Dean. Dr. John L. McMahon President • 1941-1972 Hired as a professor of political science in 1933, Dr. McMahon became the second president in 1941. Sr. Elizabeth Anne Sueltenfuss, CDP President • 1978-1997 Professor of Biology and Chair of the Biology Department, 1963, the Board of Trustees named her as president in 1978. As you imagine yourself walking the pathway made by the Founders, how will you maintain and improve the pathway they created for us? 9 The Vision at OLLU: Light for the Pathway 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. - Board of Trustees, May 2008 “Metamorphosis occurs in caterpillars and transforms them into an entirely new organism, a butterfly. I am that caterpillar, and [OLLU] is my cocoon where I will change into something new….” Lizette A. Sidransky-Ulloa, Student How do you envision your work being transformative for our 10 students—and for yourself? Statement of Purpose: Focusing Our Path Our Lady of the Lake University exists for the purpose of providing undergraduate and graduate programs that are rooted in the tradition of Catholic higher education and inspired by the Congregation of Divine Providence of San Antonio, Texas. OLLU realizes this purpose through the development of every student who enrolls, through the assurance of quality in every academic program, through unwavering service to the communities • OLLU is a person-centered learning community • OLLU takes particular pride in the continuance of its heritage of providing access for women, Hispanic and non-traditional student of which it is a part, and through the continuing strong spiritual, charism and • Excellent teaching has the sponsorship of the Sisters of Divine Providence. highest priority • Community service, civic engagement, service learning, volunteerism and research are emphasized • Undergraduate students complete a General Education program that embodies the mission and values of the University • Graduate programs prepare professionals to provide leadership and make scholarly contributions to the advancement of knowledge in their fields • OLLU is a faith-based community, promoting ecumenism, interreligious dialogue and just communities of faith - Board of Trustees, July 2003 What aspects of your position will you need to concentrate on so that the purpose of OLLU will be fulfilled? 11 Core Values: Our Guideposts Faith in God — we are confident that God is provident, guiding, loving, caring for all creation Integrity — we strive for consistent honesty, openness, and concurrence between ideals and practice Respect — we are thoughtful and show courteous regard for the dignity of each person Service — we are loving and take the time and make the effort to meet the needs of others rning, “Sharing, helping, lea are at and maturing—these is the heart of what th t.” University is all abou Faculty – Dr. James S. Hall, Sr. Ann Petrus, CDP with students Which of these values is most important to you now? How will you evidence this value in your work at OLLU? Catholic Higher Education: Being on a Broad Path Building Blocks of the Path Seeing truth through a blend of faith and intellect Exploring ultimate questions in the course of Christian reflection Pursuing spiritual and secular wisdom in the liberal arts tradition Attending to the less advantaged with responsive service Accepting knowledge as a gift from God Worshipping our God in the Catholic tradition “The Christian spirit of service to others for the promotion of social justice is of particular importance for each Catholic university, to be shared by its teachers and developed in its rals, and goals “We are people of values, mo ion inspired who are guided by an institut students. The Church is firmly committed to the integral growth of all men and women. The Gospel, interpreted in the social teachings of [by] Catholic values.” –Laura Bodallo, Student the Church, is an urgent call to promote “the e always been “I am not Catholic but I hav l faith in God welcomed here. I put my ful universal among and the idea of Providence is common.” all beliefs. We all have this in – Daniel M. Marshall, Student and ignorance; of those who are looking for a development of those peoples who are striving to escape from hunger, misery, endemic diseases wider share in the benefits of civilization and a more active improvement of their human qualities; of those who are aiming purposefully at their complete ‘fulfillment’.” [from Ex corde Ecclesiae, Apostolic Constitution by Pope John Paul II, 1990] Working in a “Catholic” world may be new to you. We believe that our faith in God connects us to each other regardless of our personal spiritualities. How does your faith intersect with the faith of those with whom you work here at OLLU? Community: Together on the Path OLLU is a person-centered learning community. CDPs Student board of Trustees Staff Alumni Faith Faculty Donors o want “I am surrounded by people wh ouraged me to do well; I am very enc st of to do my best and make the mo my college experience.” dent –Catherine Abby DuLaney, Stu All we need is you ing, and “The sincerity, genuineness, car the Christian spirit contributed to person I am today.” -Loretta Schlegel, Alumna ause “I enjoy teaching….I teach…bec t of the special relationships tha r and often develop between teache student.” –Dr. James S. Hall, Faculty How are you “fitting” into this puzzle that we call “the community” at OLLU? Reflecting on Your Own Path at OLLU Now that you have set out on your path at OLLU, what is Divine Providence beginning to mean to you? _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ Your work is unique at OLLU because of you and because of OLLU’s character. Describe your job in “OLLU language.” _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ Published by Our Lady of the Lake University Office of Mission and Ministry 411 S.W. 24th Street • San Antonio, Texas 78207 Funded by La Llamada through a Lilly Endowment Grant In the Footsteps of Father Moye Prayer of Abandonment to Divine Providence Providence of my God, I adore you in all your designs. I place my destiny in your hands, confiding to you all that I have, all that I am, and all that I am to become: my body and my soul, my health and reputation, my life, my death, and my eternal salvation. As I rely entirely upon you and expect all from your goodness, I will not give myself up to any useless anxiety. I confide to you the success of all my undertakings, and in all difficulties I will have recourse to you as a never-failing source of help. I know that you will either preserve me from the evils I dread, or turn them to my good and your glory. Peaceful and contented in all, I will allow your Providence to govern my life without worry or over-eagerness. Amen. Born in 1730 in Cutting, a village in Lorraine, France, Jean-Martin Moye was a priest of the Diocese of Metz, France. Educated by Jesuits, he developed a missionary spirituality with a strong dependence on Divine Providence. In 1762, noting that women and girls living in small villages were educationally deprived, Moye enlisted Marguerite LeComte, a young factory worker in Metz, to launch a project that would provide “Sisters” in villages throughout Lorraine and Alsace. The project developed into the Sisters of Divine Providence. Today Moye’s “Daughters” serve throughout Europe, Latin America, North America, Africa, India, and Asia. With your service at Our Lady of the Lake University, you inherit Father Moye’s legacy and his commission to serve those who need you.