5:30PM, 7 & 9PM
St. Thomas of Villanova Church
Saturday Vigil Mass
Daily Mass (Mon–Fri)
12:05 & 5:30PM
The RUIBAL Challenge is an All-Freshman service program that allows a group of first-year Villanova students the opportunity to build community by volunteering one day a week (3–6PM) to serve and support children in inner-city Philadelphia schools and community centers.
The RUIBAL Challenge hopes to build strong partnerships and relationships between Villanova students and the students and communities they serve with. During RUIBAL, freshmen serve as tutors, mentors, and activity coordinators, including opportunities for sports, drama, the arts, dance... just about any interest a Villanova freshmen could bring to the grammar school children, including homework help. There are four main goals of the program: to engage first-year students in building community both with their peers and with the students at the schools in which they serve; to invite freshmen in Villanova’s tradition of service and to contextualize an understanding of service which is grounded in partnership; to help freshmen discover their own “God-given gifts and talents” which will help them become life-long agents of social change, and to create long-term partnerships which forward the mission and ministry of the school communities who partner with the program.
In order to honor participants’ interest and commitment to service, we accept applications on a first come, first served basis. In the words of Martin Luther King Jr.,
“Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
RUIBAL Challenge, a freshman-only certificate program, allows first year Villanova students the opportunity to use their unique gifts and talents to build relationships with Philadelphia students. Our volunteers also have the chance to build community with other freshmen in a unique environment. The program provides a framework in which students can learn about the justice issues which necessitate this kind of service, and reflect on how the experience of service impacts their own understanding of themselves, their world, and their spirituality.
Students serve in the spirit of St. Thomas of Villanova, who dedicated his life in service to the poor. In the tradition of Catholic Social Teaching which emphasizes a preferential option for the poor, a commitment to the Common Good, and the pursuit of solidarity, RUIBAL calls students to put their faith into action by practicing a love that does justice, building a community which creates change, and discovering a commitment which can transform their lives.
For further information see your Hall's Campus Ministry Intern or contact the RUIBAL Program Coordinator, Lisa Mehalick, St. Rita's Hall Room B-07,firstname.lastname@example.org, 610-519-5178.
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?"
Service Break Experience Forms
Need Based SBE Funding
Habitat for Humanity Villanova Chapter
Executive Board Application
Monday, Nov 24th
Freshman registration for Spring Semester opens at 9am
Tuesday, Nov 25th
Thanksgiving break begins, no service
Monday, Dec 1st
Tuesday, Dec 2nd
Mandatory Social Justice Forum, 6:30pm
Thursday, Dec 11th
Friday, Dec 12th
Registration closes at 5pm
Friday, Dec 19th
Freshman notified of placements
Tuesday, Jan 20th
Monday, Feb 2nd
Mandatory Social Justice Forum, 6:30pm
Friday, Feb 27th
Spring Break Begins, no service
Monday, Mar 9th
Wednesday, April 1st
Easter Break Begins, no service
Tuesday, April 7th
Thursday, April 30th
Final Day of Service
“This experience has changed my life and now I know that I want to work with kids forever.”
“RUIBAL let me make friends with people I probably never would have met. RUIBAL means a lot for both the schools and for me.”
“I have grown as a person from being involved in this program, and hope I have helped the kids in return.”
“This program that Campus Ministry offered was the best experience I have had at Villanova!”
“RUIBAL pretty much opened doors for me at Villanova.”
“Being able to watch the students learn and grow was really meaningful. I love the look on a student’s face when they were able to have a breakthrough on a tough homework problem.”
“The best part of when the Villanova students come is that it is fun and exciting.”