Today, I want to touch on yet another Catholic university in Texas, Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. “The Lake,” as it is popularly referred to across the city, has been doing wonderful work since 1895 when it was established by French Catholic sisters, members of the Congregation of Divine Providence. The school, while still young by northeastern standards, has been functioning in three different centuries. Our Lady of the Lake has nearly 3,000 students and about 40% of them are in graduate school. The university currently offers bachelors degrees in 33 areas of study, masters degrees in 14 areas and two doctoral programs. In a desire to reach beyond San Antonio, The Lake offers weekend classes on campuses in Houston and Harlingen.
In maintaining this school for nearly 120 years, the Sisters of Divine Providence have striven to ensure quality in undergraduate and graduate learning experiences. The school strives to foster spiritual and professional growth while preparing students for success in continuing service in the larger society.
I have followed The Lakes development for the last fifty years and I know that once there was a time or two when the school was experiencing real difficulties. I am very proud to see that it is so firmly established and moving forward with wonderful confidence and productivity.
May God bless Our Lady of the Lake University.