A strong culture of service exists at Our Lady of the Lake College. This commitment to serve others grows out of both our foundational Franciscan values and our belief that individuals learn best by doing. Through curricular and co-curricular service-learning, civic engagement and volunteerism, our students serve community needs and educational goals by working with local community partners like Habitat for Humanity, the Baton Rouge Food Bank and the St. Joseph Hospice to name just a few. Because of the College’s strong background in health education, many of our students also share their skills and talents by offering health screenings through local health fairs and working with organizations for the area’s elderly.
Our students are encouraged to make a commitment to service, social justice, and stewardship of the earth’s resources. We strive to make service a principal element of the Our Lady of the Lake College experience. In the belief that all talents of mind and heart are gifts of God, each year our students give more than 45,000 hours related to civic engagement and service-learning to our local community. Our students say that living in a community of compassion is one of the best aspects to attending a Catholic institution.
Catholic Social Justice Teaching on Campus
Catholic social justice teachings are the theoretical underpinning of the service-learning and civic engagement of Our Lady of the Lake College. Using the Franciscan emphasis on serving those most in need, the College collaborates with its community partners to serve the community, and campus faculty integrate ways to infuse their classrooms with issues related to ethics, morality, and the seven themes of Catholic social justice.
Life and Dignity of the Human Person: Belief that all life is sacred
Call to Family, Community and Participation: How we organize our society
Rights and Responsibilities: Belief that every person has a fundamental right to life and a right to those things required for human decency
Option for the Poor and Vulnerable: A basic moral test – how are our most vulnerable members faring?
The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers: The economy must serve people, not the other way around!
Solidarity: Belief we are one human family – we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers
Care of God’s Creation: Our stewardship of creation – care for the earth is not just an Earth Day slogan, it is a requirement of our faith