Service Break Experiences (SBE)

Service Break Experience Program

“…The most important part of this experience was not the tangible work we put in, but rather our immersion into the community, our attempt at solidarity with the individuals that we encountered, and the mutual acceptance and welcome that was promoted.“

—Denis Whelan '14 on Oasis Catόlico in Athens, GA

Service Break Experiences provide opportunities for students, faculty, staff and alumni to serve locally, around the United States, and abroad during university breaks.  Participants in the program:

  • Serve with people and partner organizations who work every day to improve the lives of impoverished and marginalized people in their own communities.
  • Build community within their groups and begin to develop relationships with the people with whom Villanova partners.

  • Complement class work with first hand experiences of life at the margins of society and exposure to the knowledge and insights of people they encounter.

  • Explore their spirituality and develop a deeper relationship with God while living out the Gospel values.

  • Examine issues of injustice and develop a life-long commitment to working for the Common Good.



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Sunday Mass
7:30AM, 10:30AM
5:30PM, 7 & 9PM
St. Thomas of Villanova Church

Saturday Vigil Mass
5:30PM
Corr Chapel

Daily Mass (Mon–Fri)
12:05 & 5:30PM
Corr Chapel  

Spanish Mass
1PM—Sundays
Corr Chapel  

Sacrament of Reconciliation
3:30–4:30PM—Tuesdays & Wednesdays
St. Thomas of Villanova Church  

St. Thomas of Villanova Parish Schedule

 

[610] 519–4080
[610] 519–6020 (fax)
cmcommunication@villanova.edu

St. Rita Hall
800 E. Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Interested in Getting Involved with Campus Ministry? We offer over 50 programs that are sure to fit every personality and lifestyle!


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In the spirit of St. Augustine, who urged his followers to search for God together, please consider this reflection on Sunday's Gospel: In this week's Gospel, we see the story of Christ's Passion. As we prepare for Holy Week, allow us to take the opportunity this week to meditate on Christ's presence in our daily life. Sometimes we can relate quite strongly to Christ's cry of "my God, my God, why have you forsaken me?!" Perhaps in our reading of this Gospel story, we can connect with this special moment and dive in to the mystery that is the Passion, offering up our suffering to God. In the very moment when we cry out to God, pleading for divine assistance, is when we see that God has been walking with us all along. All we need to do is stop and reflect: where have I seen God in my life today?"

For more information about the Service Break Experience Program visit us in St. Rita Hall or contact:

Kate Giancatarino 
[610] 519–6285

Tim O'Connell 
[610] 519–4084