Center for Spirituality & Discernment

St. Augustine urged his followers to search for God together, one in mind and heart. In that same spirit, the Center for Spirituality and Discernment at Villanova University provides opportunities for individuals to encounter God in their relationships with self, others and the world community.

The Center for Spirituality and Discernment:

  • Reverences the spiritual journey of all peoples
  • Supports individuals to accept and channel their restlessness into positive and constructive expressions of community
  • Accompanies restless hearts as they encounter, alone and with others, someone greater than self
  • Fosters the Augustinian understanding of interiority as a discovery of self and the ever present God within whose image and likeness the human person has been made
  • Invites all to experience the Gospel of Jesus Christ and share stories of faith through conversation, worship, prayer, and service

We seek to meet each person wherever they are on their journey—in life and in faith. As we take time to search for meaning in our lives it feels good to gather together and support each other. We live in a rushed world of too much noise, activity and responsibility. We don’t have the time, space or even “know how” to listen to the deepest parts of ourselves. In this world of growing speed, complexity and quick action, it is easy to lose touch with the wisdom of God deep within each of us. We invite you to deepen your spirituality and to find support in making decisions thoughtfully and wisely. We offer this through prayer practice sessions, retreats, small group sharing opportunities, religious fellowships, interfaith gatherings and education around making life choices.

We invite you into a space where you are encouraged to pause and reflect on your life. Developing a life of interiority, which Augustine prized so highly, can allow us to live our lives more consciously and develop a discerning ear toward the voice of God within. We know that we all live with our own restlessness, and yet together we can channel our restless energy into positive and constructive expressions of community.  We offer students, staff and faculty a safe and trusting environment where prayer can be practiced and stories of faith can be shared. We reverence the life journeys of all and believe that it is the mind and heart open to ourselves and others that finds God. In our search for God together we find friends who can be with us as we struggle for meaning and growth. All of us long for peace and joy. It is when we take note of the ups and downs of our life experiences and hear the stories of others that we can discover what peace and joy means for us personally. Sometimes we need to develop a daily awareness and sometimes we need to get away into nature and clear out our minds enough to truly listen. Sometimes it is about listening to the heart of another and letting that heart and mind touch our own. We want to meet you wherever you are. Bring your questions and your truths. There is room for both. Add some friendship and discussions and in all this we find our way.

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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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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?

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