Service Break Experiences (SBE)

Service Break Experience Program

Spring 2015 information and application will be available the first week in December.  Please check back then. The spring applicaiton deadline is January 20th. Thank you.

“…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

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


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

In the spirit of St. Augustine, who urged his followers to search for God together, consider this reflection on Sunday's Gospel. Both the sheep and the goats are unaware of their actions that the King is describing, “Lord, when did we see you…?” For the sheep, this suggests a level of humility. Caring for others was so tied to their identity, that they were naturally inclined to serve. For the goats, this suggests a lack of desire. If they possessed the same natural desire to serve as the sheep, they wouldn’t have received their verdict. This leads me to believe that our desire to obey and please God is demonstrated through our service towards others. I think about the motives in which I live my life; am I living for myself? Or am I living a life that is devoted to serving God through the least of these?

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).


Post Grad Volunteer Fair
12–3 PM
November 21, 2014
E & W Lounges of Dougherty Hall

For those students who are considering a year of volunteer service after graduation, make an appointment to meet with Irene King, Director, Center for Service and Social Justice. Most volunteers receive room and board, stipend, and health insurance. Americorps Education Grants ($5000+) are frequently available to offset college loans or graduate school tuition.

You can begin your search for a post graduate volunteer position at the Catholic Volunteer Network website—then schedule a meeting with Irene to explore the opportunities further.  Check out their website: https://catholicvolunteernetwork.org/

Irene's office is St Rita Hall 105.

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