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  

Sacrament of Reconciliation
3:30–4:30PM Tue & Wed
St. Thomas of Villanova Church  

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

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

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


Service & Volunteering
Retreats
Liturgical Ministry
Music
Faith-Sharing & Support Groups

In the spirit of St. Augustine, who urged his followers to search for God together, please consider this reflection. Reflecting on the parable of the wicked tenants allegorically, we are the wicked tenants, God is the landowner, and the servants are God's messengers, with the son being Christ. How often do we shun Christ and his message? Why is it so difficult to hear the truth? My mind initially goes to stories of martyrs speaking of peace and justice such as Martin Luther King Jr. or Archbishop Oscar Romero, who both spoke out against the oppression they were witnessing and yet maintained their prophetic voices amidst the violence. How are we denying those that speak the truth of God’s message? Who in our personal lives is leading us closer to God, and do we listen to them or shun them just like the wicked tenants do?

Get involved in action that seeks to bring about peace and justice in the world, learn about Catholic Social Teaching, and social justice advocacy. Campus Ministry sponsors Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week and CRS Ambassadors Program Program as a means to educate the Villanova community on current local and global issues.

In addition, Campus Ministry works in collaboration with Villanova’s Center for Peace & Justice Education, which offers an academic interdisciplinary program on topics of world peace and social justice as well as sponsors student groups affiliated with specific issues of justice.

For more information contact William Stehl (610-519-5179).


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