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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 do two things:

  1. Fill out this quick multi-faith survey to let us know how we can support you in your journey at Villanova.
  2. Consider joining “Not Catholic? Not a Problem!” (sign up on the survey) -  a series of conversations, led by Campus Ministry grad students, that will help you navigate the landscape of a Catholic University. Topics include:
  • How do I practice my own faith at a Catholic institution?
  • What is the significance of the Augustinian charisms: Caritas, Unitas, Veritas?
  • How do I find community at Villanova?
  • The scoop on Theology 1000 and ACS
  • and much more….
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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.

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Common Ground

This gathering for Christians of all backgrounds offers a welcoming community in which to pray, share, and deepen faith and friendships. Weekly sessions are created and led by students, Campus Ministry staff, and guest speakers from across campus and the surrounding community. Sunday evenings at 6 PM on Zoom. Email Julie Sheetz for more info and Zoom link.

Prayer & Worship on Campus

Sadly, due to health concerns, no group singing is possible this semester. We look forward to being able to sing together again as soon as it is safe!

Questions? Email Rev. Naomi Washington-Leapheart

While we cannot currently offer Jummah Prayer on campus due to social distancing guidelines, the Prayer Room in John Barry Hall (2nd floor, next to room 204) is available for daily prayer.

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. 

As a member of the Villanova community, we invite you to join us for Mindful Mondays. Sessions run on Zoom on Mondays from 12:30-1:00 PM. 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

Selected in the spring for the following year, Interfaith Ambassadors help promote interfaith awareness and engagement on campus. 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.

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  

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.