Partnership Events

Vigil poster

Join Villanova’s Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Ambassadors for an Interfaith Vigil for Families Fleeing Conflict in Iraq and Syria on December 3rd, between 4:30-5:15 p.m. in St. Thomas of Villanova Church to Learn, Pray, Act and Give during this Season of Solidarity.
Last fall the Villanova University community filled the church to capacity in response to the urgent humanitarian crisis of Syria’s refugees.  One year later the crisis in the region has escalated compounded by the spreading violence of ISIS.  Today 13.6 million Syrians and Iraqis have been displaced—the equivalent of London’s population.
Kim Pozniak, CRS Communications Officer for Global Emergencies, and Barbara Fraze, International Editor for the Catholic News Service, recently returned from the region and will address the situation. Read more about Kim.
Following the vigil over 200 letters written asking Congress to lend support to the refugees were delivered to Capitol Hill.

Please support families with essential living supplies, safe housing, hygiene kits, medical care and trauma counseling.


CRS Ambassador Regional Training

Villanova University
Saturday, October 25th
Garey Hall


Faculty/Staff Development Workshop

Building Resilience in Poor Communities through Information and Communications Technology for Development  (ICT4D)
A CRS Workshop for Villanova Faculty, Staff and Students (by invitation)

Friday, October 3, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (lunch provided) - Falvey room 205
Please register by September 15th

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is a leader in the INGO community in the use of technology for poverty reduction and development.  In this special workshop, CRS’ Shaun Ferris, Director of Agricultural Livelihoods; Stephen Hellen, Director of ICT Architecture Design; and Marianna Hensley, Regional Technical Advisor for Monitoring and Evaluation, Accountability and Learning for CRS’ East and South Asia Region; will share some of the highlights from CRS’ 6th Annual Innovation and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) conference in Nairobi last March.

Ferris, Hellen, and Hensley (via Skype in India) will offer an exciting overview and specific examples of how the agency is using ICT cutting-edge innovations to creatively meet agricultural, market, financial, and health needs and build resilience in very poor communities. more