Lourdes University Provost, Dr. Geoffrey Grubb, and Interim Dean of the College of Education and Human Services, Dr. Christine Knaggs, announced that one of the institution’s faculty members has been chosen to attend the World Congress on Education at the Vatican in November. Sr. Valerie Grondin, OSF, Ph.D., is one of approximately 70 U.S. educators participating in the conference convened by the Congregation on Education for educators around the globe.
“I am truly honored to have been chosen to participate in this historic World Congress on Education. It is my goal to proudly represent Lourdes University and the Catholic and Franciscan education we provide,” says Sr. Valerie.
The associate professor of Education and Director of the Adolescence to Young Adult Program at Lourdes has held administrative roles as well at elementary and middle schools in the region.
As a World Congress Pilgrim, Sr.Valerie will arrive in Rome, Italy on Nov. 11 and participate in a seven-day pilgrimage of Assisi, Florence, Padua, Siena, San Gimignano and Venice, Italy. She will then return to Rome for the World Congress on Education. The program runs from Nov. 18-21 and the theme is “Educating Today and Tomorrow: A Renewing Passion.”
In addition to attending the World Congress, Sr. Valerie and her fellow attendees will have the privilege of having lunch in the Vatican at The Casina Pio IV following the Mass in St. Peter’s with the Prefect of the Congregation and the Audience with Pope Francis. During their stay, the attendees will also enjoy a visit and reception at the North American College.
“On behalf of the Sisters of St. Francis, I am pleased that one of our own excellent educators has received this prestigious recognition,” says Sr. Mary Jon Wagner, OSF, Congregational Minister of the Sisters of St. Francis, sponsors and founders of Lourdes University.