Central to Villanova’s Augustinian Catholic mission is the shared value of Caritas. Our commitment to service and social justice is that value in action. Stemming from the teachings of the Gospel and St. Augustine, our values challenge individuals to enrich their own lives by using their gifts in the service of others. Through education and programs that foster ties and connections to one another, we can improve ourselves and the world around us. 



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Villanovans have an abundance of opportunities to put their call to Caritas in action. Through the St. Thomas of Villanova Center for the Common Good, students, faculty, staff and alumni can take part in service offerings such as internships, post grad service, service & justice experiences, volunteering and our Catholic Relief Services Partnership


“Love, when it is true, is always directed away from oneself. It is transcendent. The two-fold commandment of love, therefore, translates into working for the common good, [and] working for the common good is service.” –The Augustine Way



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Through Peace and Justice classes, lecture and film series, student organizations, and discussions on how to advocate for a just and peaceful world, the Center for Peace and Justice Education is educating and advocating a more just world.