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Religious Diversity at Villanova

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Villanova’s Augustinian heritage embraces the search for meaning that is at the heart of the human journey. We in Campus Ministry believe that the identities & practices of people of all faith backgrounds, as well as those who do not identify religiously, will be deepened through open & honest dialogue and interaction with one another.

For more information, contact Rev. Julie Sheetz

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Not Catholic? Not a Problem!

Villanova is a Catholic university but welcomes students of all spiritual and ethical backgrounds. To help you find your faith/spiritual home and community here, we invite you to fill out this quick multifaith survey to let us know how we can support you in your journey at Villanova.

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Human Library

You’ve never read a book like this before!  At the Human Library, you can check out a “human book” – VU faculty/staff and local community leaders of diverse faith backgrounds – Muslim, Eastern Orthodox, Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Baha’i – for a conversation about what makes for a good life. Fall 2021 date TBA.

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Interfaith Coalition

Join with students of diverse faith and ethical backgrounds to explore our differences and the common threads that bind us together. Led by the Interfaith Ambassadors, the IC meets throughout the semester to learn about diverse faiths, engage in dialogue, plan and lead events, and develop the skills of interfaith allyship.

Prayer & Worship on Campus

More information coming soon!

Questions? Email Rev. Naomi Washington-Leapheart

Friday Jummah Prayer will be held weekly in the Prayer Room in John Barry Hall (2nd floor, next to room 204), time TBA.

Mindfulness meditation is the practice of focusing on the present moment and developing an increased awareness of experiences as they happen. Research shows that participating in mindfulness techniques can improve life-quality, with positive outcomes reported for work performance, mental health, and physical well-being. Reduced stress, reduced blood pressure, and improved sleep patterns are just some of the health benefits reported by those practicing mindfulness on a regular basis. 

We invite you to join us for Mindful Mondays, 1:00 – 1:30 PM in the St. Rita Community Room. Each session is facilitated by a member of the Villanova Community, who guides participants in a mindfulness meditation. Everyone is welcome, and no registration is required

Centering Prayer is space for quiet, meditative prayer that cultivates a place of rest and attentive presence in the midst of our busy and distracted lives. We gather in a small group and sit quietly together. We invite you to join us on Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-1:30 PM. All are welcome, and no previous experience with centering prayer or meditation is necessary.

In addition to the three Masses on Sunday evenings (5, 7 and 9 PM), Masses are offered at 12:05 and 5 PM on weekdays in Corr Chapel. Several other opportunities for worship and devotional practice can be found here: Catholic worship.

Interfaith Engagement

Working with the Campus Minister for Interfaith Outreach and the Faculty-Staff Interfaith Advisory Council, they support religious diversity and inclusion at Villanova, serving as allies to those experiencing religious prejudice or marginalization. They gain skills as interfaith leaders by deepening their own learning about different religious traditions and by fostering respectful and appreciative relationships across lines of religious difference. Email Julie Sheetz for more information.

NOTE: You are not required to identify with a specific faith tradition in order to become an Interfaith Ambassador.

Join with students of different backgrounds to share food and friendship. as we learn from one another about diverse faith/spiritual/ethical perspectives on core values and contemporary issues.

VU students, faculty and staff address issues of justice through dialogue and action, as part of the greater Philadelphia POWER Metro interfaith network. VIA’s primary focus within POWER’s work is on full and fair funding for Public Education in Pennsylvania

Fridays, 3 – 4:15 PM, Corr Hall Lounge (Fall 2019 dates TBA)

For more information, email Villanova Interfaith Activism

Affiliated with the regional POWER Metro Network  

Held in the spring semester, this retreat offers a unique chance to learn firsthand about the beliefs and practices of different religious traditions, through site visits to area faith communities. Participants will also begin to develop skills in interfaith dialogue.  Students of all faith backgrounds, as well as those who do not identify as religious but are interested in learning, are welcome to attend.