Certificate in Pastoral Studies

A 12 credit hours stand-alone program. Take it in conjunction with any other program in any VU college. 

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Called to Serve is an innovative academic certificate program in undergraduate pastoral studies at Villanova University. Offered jointly by the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and Campus Ministry, Called to Serve prepares Catholic college students for lay leadership in the Church.


Five focal points of studies and practices

1.    faith seeking understanding
2.    spirituality as lived experience
3.    the nature of lay ministry
4.    servant leadership
5.    faith-based identity


  • The foundational THL/RST coures in the Core Curriculum (THL 1000)
  • Three required THL/RST upper-division courses 
  1.   THL 3760    Faith, Identity, and Calling
  2.   THL 3850    Theology of Ministry
  3.   THL 3900    Leadership for ministry
  • A  supervised practicum on campus
  • See the program brochure for details.


Dr. Joyce A. Zavarich
joyce.zavarich@villanova.edu (610) 519-4484
Director, Center for Pastoral Ministry Education & Internship

Joseph S. Mostardi, O.S.A.
joseph.mostardi@villanova.edu (610) 519-4082
Director, Center for Worship

Dr. Fayette B. Veverka
fayette.veverka@villanova.edu (610) 519-7425
Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies


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