For People of Other Faiths

Interfaith symbols

Campus Ministry encourages the Villanova community to grow spiritually, intellectually, and socially by striving to offer spaces for that growth to everyone.  Students looking for a particular faith community may participate in services at nearby Protestant churches, synagogues, temples or mosques.  They may also join or form meaningful fellowships that sponsor bible study and prayer on campus.

The Muslim Student Association and Hillel for Jewish students are active on campus as well as the Interfaith Coalition that celebrates the University’s diversity by sponsoring interfaith, social, educational, and religious activities.  Exploration of one’s interior life through mindfulness, meditation, or spiritual direction is also available.  These and other spiritual opportunities are open to all.

We believe that the identities & faith practices of people of all traditions, will be deepened and become more authentically held through open & honest engagement.

Worship

Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El  (Conservative)
1001 Remington Road, Wynnewood, PA 19096—[610] 649–5300
Fri 6PM, Sat 9:30AM

Temple Brith Achim 
(Reform)
481 South Gulph Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406—[610] 337–2222
Fri 7:30PM, Sat Torah Study 9AM, Sat Service: 10:30AM

Please visit the official website of Villanova Hillel for more information!

The Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship 
5820 Overbrook Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131—[215] 879–6307, [215] 879–8604
Sun 10AM

Please visit the Villanova's Muslim Student Association and The Foundation for Islamic Education for more information.

BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha 
1561 Woodbourne Road, Levittown, PA—[215] 269–7680

Bharatiya Temple
1612 County Line Road, Chalfont, PA, 18914—[215] 997–1181

Soka Gakkai International
SGI—Philadelphia 

200 Hamilton Street at Rodin Place, Suite 210 Philadelphia, PA 19130—[215] 569–2144

Won Buddhist Temple of Philadelphia 
423 Abington Avenue, Glenside, PA 19038—[215] 884–8443
Sat Dharma 10:15AM

Additional Resources

Students from diverse religious traditions come together as Villanovans to educate and inform the University community about religious traditions present on campus and faith opportunities open to all our students. Students co-sponsor the September World Religions Day and the February Interfaith Retreat and are available for interfaith prayer services and information discussions.

Villanova Muslim Student Association

The Villanova Muslim Student Association aims to provide a sense of community for Muslims and non-Muslims alike at Villanova. While the group hopes to create a strong sense of community by reaching out to Muslims around campus who are eager to connect with others in hopes of strengthening their faiths, the MSA is also more than welcoming to those who may have questions, concerns, or thoughts regarding Islam. We aim to inspire academic dialogue to spread awareness about Islam and dismiss many of the misconceptions about Muslims and Islam that have plagued the media for over a decade. The MSA aims to educate the Villanova student body about different religions and cultures, thereby also advocating for a strong sense of religious tolerance and acceptance--all under the umbrella of a warm, judgement-free student-run organization!

Villanova Hillel

Please visit the Villanova Hillel website for more information about the association.

Buddhist Calendar 2014–15

  • Bodhi Day (Rohatsu)—December 8, 2014
  • Mahayana (Buddhist New Year)—January 5-7, 2015
  • Nirvana Day—February 15, 2015
  • Theravada (Buddhist New Year)—April 4, 2015
  • Vesak (Buddha Day)—June 1, 2015

Christian Calendar 2014–15

  • Christmas—December 25, 2014
  • Epiphany—January 6, 2014
  • Ash Wednesday—February 18, 2015
  • Good Friday—April 3, 2015
  • Easter—April 5, 2015

Hindu Calendar 2014–15

  • Dussehra (Dasera)—October 4, 2014
  • Deepavali (Diwali)—October 23, 2014
  • Holi—March 6, 2015
  • Ramayana—Week of March 21, 2015
  • Ramanavami—March 28, 2015
  • Hanuman Jayanti—April 4, 2015
  • Rivdan—April 21–May 2, 2015

Islamic Calendar 2014–15

  • Eid-al-Adha—October4 2014
  • Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year)—October 24/25, 2014
  • Milad-un-Nabi—January 18, 2014
  • Ramadan—June 18- July 17, 2015
  • Eid-al-Fitr—July 18, 2015

Jewish Calendar 2014–15

  • Tisha B’av—August 4–5, 2014
  • Rosh Hashana—September 24-26, 2014
  • Yom Kippur—September 3–4, 2014
  • Sukkot—October 8–10, 2014
  • Shemini Atzeret—October 5–6, 2014
  • Simchat Torah—October 26-27, 2014
  • Hanukkah—December 16–24, 2014
  • Purim—March 5–6, 2015
  • Passover—April 4–5, 2015, sundown
  • Yom Ha’Shoah—April 16, 2015
  • Yom Ha’Atzmaut—April 24, 2015
  • Shavuot—May 24–25, 2015

World Religions Day celebrates diverse religions on campus, educates, and informs the University community of various religious traditions and faith opportunities open to all our students.

2014 Details to be determined.  
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