Each fall, Villanova begins the academic year with a celebration honoring St. Thomas of Villanova, the patron saint of the University. The St. Thomas of Villanova Celebration typically incorporates a Lecture, Community Collection, Day of Service, Community Liturgy and Community Dinner.
The Day of Service, an initiative that was a very successful part of the Inauguration of the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A. in fall 2006, has become the hallmark of the Celebration.
The University community is committed to the Augustinian ideals of Veritas, Unitas, Caritas – Truth, Unity, Love. These ideals guide the Villanova educational experience and come alive through the events that comprise the St. Thomas of Villanova Celebration. United in academic inquiry, discourse and service to others, this annual celebration provides the Villanova community with the opportunity to reflect upon the University’s heritage and breathe life into its mission.
Absolutely! The St. Thomas of Villanova Celebration events are open to all faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends and families. Each event has been planned to reflect the spirit of community that distinguishes Villanova and all are welcome to participate.
Registration for the Day of Service will take place online begining in the summer - visit the Volunteer Registration page for more information!
There are three types of online registration for the Day of Service.
Group Creation and Individual Registration for The Day of Service will take place through mid September. Individuals may register as part of a group or on their own. Once the registration period has passed, no additional groups will be created.
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