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Villanova University Prepares for World Meeting of Families, Pope Francis’ Visit to Philadelphia

With the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) and Pope Francis’ Visit to Philadelphia quickly approaching, the Philadelphia Region is a buzz with excitement and busy preparing for these historic events. Villanova University has adjusted its class schedule on Sept. 25-26 in preparation for the large-scale events taking place in Philadelphia. In addition, the University is involved in a number of ways with September’s events. Below is an overview of Villanova’s involvement and preparation. Click here for information about upcoming events, programs and discussions on the topics of Pope Francis, the Church and Family.

Update (Aug. 28, 2015) -- As more information about the impact of the Papal visit has become available, it has been decided that the University will suspend normal operations on Friday, September 25. Therefore, only essential staff—including offices such as, but not limited to, Public Safety, Dining Services, Facilities and the Student Health Center—will need to report to campus that day. At this time, the University anticipates resuming normal operations on Monday, September 28. However, we will continue to monitor traffic and transportation conditions that weekend and communicate any necessary adjustments to the schedule for that Monday. 

Adjusted Class Schedule

In preparation for the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) and the Pope’s Visit, Villanova University has adjusted its schedule for classes that meet on campus Friday, Sept. 25 and Saturday, Sept. 26. For classes scheduled to meet on campus on those two dates, the University asked faculty to choose from one of two options:

  • Reschedule the class
  • Use technology to either meet with students online using Adobe Connect, or use Blackboard to assign students recorded lectures and other content.

Note: All online classes will continue as scheduled.

Use of University Parking Facilities for WMOF

In order to assist with the logistics associated with orchestrating this large-scale event, the WMOF requested support from institutions, corporations and properties throughout the region. The WMOF asked Villanova University to use its parking facilities from Friday, September 25 through Sunday, September 27 to help accommodate those seeking to travel to Philadelphia via SEPTA’s Norristown High Speed Line, which will operate express service from Villanova Station. In response to this request and in anticipation of significant congestion throughout the region created by those making their way to Philadelphia, Villanova will adjust the Friday, Sept. 25 and Saturday, Sept. 26 schedule of classes that meet on-campus. This will allow for the University’s parking facilities to be used by those traveling to Philadelphia from Villanova Station.  

Villanova Faculty Participating in World Meeting of Families Panel Sessions

Volunteer Support

The Villanova community (students, faculty, staff and parishioners) will be volunteering in a number of ways during the World Meeting of Families and the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia. On Friday, Sept. 18, a group of Villanovans will assist in putting together ‘Pilgrim Packs’ at the Philadelphia Convention Center for the following week’s World Meeting of Families.  

On Saturday, Sept. 26, members of the Villanova community will assist with guest relations and crowd support at the Festival of Families on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Villanova will have two city blocks that it is responsible for throughout the day. The University’s group of volunteers will provide volunteer support in a variety of roles along two city blocks.

Campus Viewing of Papal Mass

The University is planning a viewing of the Papal Mass in the Connelly Center for Villanova students and parishioners of St. Thomas of Villanova Church.