VILLANOVA, PA – Villanova University will host its annual St. Thomas of Villanova Celebration on Sept. 21-23, and for the first time will feature three days of special events. The University traditionally begins its academic year with a celebration honoring St. Thomas of Villanova, the 16th-century Augustine bishop of Valencia, Spain, and patron of the University. Historically held on one afternoon, St. Thomas of Villanova Day was expanded for Fall 2007 to incorporate the Day of Service, an initiative that was a very successful part of the Inauguration of Rev. Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A., as Villanova University President in Fall 2006.
This year’s St. Thomas of Villanova Celebration kicks off with an Academic Symposium held in Villanova’s Connelly Center entitled "Immigration Reform: Where Culture, Politics and Principle Meet." The Symposium, which will be moderated by Villanova Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. John Johannes, will feature five guest speakers:
On Saturday, St. Thomas of Villanova’s liturgical feast day, the University will hold a Day of Service in the Greater Philadelphia area. Villanova students, faculty, and staff, along with their families will perform service at various locations, including Ronald McDonald House (Philadelphia), Philabundance (Philadelphia), Southwest Community Enrichment Center (Philadelphia) and Habitat for Humanity (Norristown).
On Saturday evening, Villanova will play the University of Pennsylvania in a home football game beginning at 6:00 p.m.
The St. Thomas of Villanova Celebration will conclude on Sunday with a closing community liturgy held on campus beginning at 4:15 p.m. on Mendel Field. University President, Rev. Peter M. Donohue, will celebrate the mass.
For more information regarding the 2007 St. Thomas of Villanova Celebration, go to: http://www.villanova.edu/homepage/president/stvcelebration/
*If any media would like to cover the Symposium or Day of Service, please contact Director of Media Relations Jonathan Gust at (610) 519-6508.
|Friday, September 21|
|Symposium||Connelly Center – Villanova Room||3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.|
|Saturday, September 22|
|Day of Service||Various locations across the Greater Philadelphia area||9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.|
|Community Celebration and Dinner||The Pavilion||4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.|
|Football Game vs. Pennsylvania||Villanova Stadium||6:00 p.m.|
|Sunday, September 23|
|Closing Community Liturgy||Mendel Field – Villanova University||4:15 p.m.|