Sister Valerie Presents to the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities
Sylvania Franciscan Sister Valerie Grondin made a presentation on the Sylvania Franciscan Village at the recent Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities’ bi-annual symposium on Catholic higher education.
More than 200 attendees from 22 Franciscan colleges and universities across the country attended the conference. Sister Valerie talked about how the Franciscan Village is an initiative created in 2009 by the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania and their sponsored ministries to create a greater culture of unity rooted in the values of St. Francis. She described activities that include those that create uncommon connections and multi-generational experiences, like Lourdes students spending an afternoon with the residents of the Sisters’ nursing home; addressing the needs of the underserved, like the annual restock drive for local food pantries; and the wellness initiative to promote, nurture and celebrate the wholeness of each person.
“I’m very proud of the Franciscan Village initiatives, interactions and sharing with the Lourdes University community,” said Sister Valerie, who is an associate professor in the Department of Education. “Their work helps us care for each other, care for the environment and educate the next generation about the importance of these kind of efforts.”
This year’s symposium was titled “The Franciscan Courage to Venture: Preparing Outstanding Leaders for the Modern World” and was held June 7-9 at Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The AFCU was created in 1997 to nurture a community of academic institutions committed to the Catholic and Franciscan spiritual and intellectual traditions and to promote scholarship and curricula that, in keeping with the vocations of Saints Francis and Clare, address the needs of the poor, attend to the environment, and promote peace.