St. Thomas of Villanova Celebration

Each fall, the Villanova community begins the academic year with a celebration honoring St. Thomas of Villanova, the 16th-century Augustinian bishop of Valencia, Spain, and patron of the University. This tradition continues in 2016 with four days of special events.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

7 p.m.  St. Thomas of Villanova Lecture
Featured Speaker: Elizabeth Kolbert, author of "THE SIXTH EXTINCTION: An Unnatural History," winner of the Pulitzer Prize, one of New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of the Year, and a national book critic's circle award finalist
Location: Villanova Room, Connelly Center
Description: The Celebration begins with the St. Thomas of Villanova Lecture, an opportunity for the University community to examine an important and timely issue facing society. Reception to follow.

Friday, September 23, 2016

9 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Community Collection Day
Location: The Pavilion, Lobby area
Description: Items needed by local community agencies will be collected. 

6:00 p.m. Rock the Oreo
Location: The Ellipse
Description: An opportunity to share in fun, food and music as a community

Saturday, September 24, 2016

8:30 a.m. Day of Service Send Off  
Location: The Pavilion

9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Day of Service
Location: More than 150 service sites throughout Greater Philadelphia
Description: Students, faculty, staff, alumni and families will partner with community agencies to perform service in neighborhoods throughout the region. Villanovans outside of Greater Philadelphia are encouraged to participate in the Day of Service by identifying opportunities closer to home. Please visit the Villanova University Alumni Association website for more information.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

4:30 p.m.  Community Liturgy
Location: Campus Green. All faiths are welcomed.

Community Dinner
(following the Community Liturgy)
Location: Dougherty Hall
Description: Share in food and fellowship to mark the conclusion of this year's St. Thomas of Villanova Celebration


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The 2016 St. Thomas of Villanova Celebration was generously sponsored by:

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