Small Group Faith Sharing Opportunities—Get REAL

Small Groups

Step Back and Slow Down...

Villanovans connecting with each other to find the meaning in the puzzles of college life.

Come meet with fellow students in a small group setting to talk about the everyday challenges of student life. Discover that we all share similar questions and concerns, and through discussions help each other to find solutions that will help you grow.

  • Meet with a small group of 6-8 students
  • Meet for one hour each week in groups that are led by students or alums
  • Form new friendships
  • Share on deeper levels
  • Find meaning and challenge each other
  • Meet diverse people who share similar values and interests
  • Share on topics that matter: Who am I? Where am I going? How do I live a meaningful life?

Available Groups Include:

Discussions around the challenge of living the Christian life

Villanova University is dedicated to the pastoral care of the entire Villanova community and understands its outreach to the LGBTQ community in the context of our University Mission Statement,

"Villanova seeks to reflect the spirit of St. Augustine by the cultivation of knowledge, by respect for individual differences, and by the adherence to the principle that mutual love and respect should animate every aspect of University life." 

Oasis is a confidential, small group opportunity where a safe zone is established to engage in an open dialogue about the issues relevant to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, or questioning individuals. Participants share their experiences and connect with one another on their journey.

Oasis is open to all students trying to understand issues of sexual orientation or gender identity and offers relief from isolation and an opportunity to find true friendship, and the authentic Augustinian community that results from a common dedication to the truth and a shared vision of the dignity of the human person.

Oasis meets regularly in the evening throughout the semester. For further information contact Father Joe Calderone at [610] 519–7477. We will discreetly respond to all earnest calls with the location and time of our next meeting.

Student Life Resources

Villanova Gay / Straight Coalition
Safe Zone Information

External Resources

Human Rights Campaign

different groups for new students as they experience the ups and downs of change in their first year of college. These are offered after the Connections and Freshman Escape retreats as well as by all of the Campus Ministry interns living in residence halls. Contact for a list of the groups that are available.

groups that form from specific retreats that help the participants to develop a spiritual life, particularly Connections & Freshman Escape participants and Search Retreat participants.

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

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

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, consider the following reflection on Sunday's readings.
"Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind..." (Romans 12:2 ) These are strong words which reflect Jesus' posture when rebuking Peter in Sunday's Gospel: "You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do". What informs my thinking and beliefs? How do I spend my time? Do I let the world's standards and pressures be my main influence? Do I pause to reflect on deeper values and truths? A spiritual connection and foundation can place me on firmer ground than that which is popular and trending. Maybe God is calling me this new school year to notice how I spend my time and how this influences me and my choices. What does it mean in my life to " transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect" ?

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