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Religious Diversity at Villanova

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Villanova’s Augustinian heritage embraces the search for meaning at the heart of the human journey. We seek to deepen the identities and practices of people of all faith backgrounds, as well as those who do not identify religiously, through open, honest dialogue and interaction. 

Fill out this quick Multifaith Survey to let us know how we can support you in your journey.

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Multifaith Staff and Advisers

In addition to filling out the survey, please feel free to contact one of our advisers. We are happy to answer questions, address concerns or just chat about religious opportunities on and off campus.

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The Rev. Julie Sheetz, PhD
Director of Multifaith Ministry

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Matthew Zanowic 
Graduate Resident Minister—Interfaith Outreach

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Asheq Fazlullah
Muslim Student Adviser


Aviva Marchione
Hillel Adviser


Sean Culley
Philadelphia Hillel Springboard Fellow

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Kerry SanChirico, PhD
Orthodox Student Adviser

Multifaith Engagement and Worship

We offer students of different faith backgrounds many ways to pray, worship and interact with each other and with faculty, staff and community leaders. Multifaith events include dinners, retreats and our popular Human Library.

The area surrounding Villanova is home to many wonderful communities offering prayer and worship. For info about transportation and other opportunities, please contact the Rev. Julie Sheetz.


You’ve never read a book like this before!  At the Human Library, check out a “human book”—faculty, staff and community leaders of diverse faith backgrounds (Muslim, Eastern Orthodox, Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Sikh, Baha’i)—to learn about their beliefs and practices. Held every semester in Falvey Library. The Fall Human Library will be Tuesday, October 24, 4:30-6:00 PM in the Speakers' Corner of Falvey Library

The Interfaith Justice Cohort (IJC) is a yearlong opportunity for interfaith dialogue through a social justice lens. Cohort members will learn together the different ways faith traditions or worldviews frame and foster the pursuit of economic justice.  Applications will available at the start of the academic year.

Monthly gatherings will offer the opportunity to learn about and experience contemplative practices from diverse faith traditions. 

  • Jewish Chanting and Song, Monday 1/29, 4:30pm, St. Rita Multifaith Prayer Room: What makes Jewish prayer...Jewish? Is it the language? The musical settings? The space in which it takes place?  Join Hazzan Harold Messinger, prayer leader at Congregation Beth Am Israel in Penn Valley to discuss all of that and experience a few examples of a contemporary Jewish prayer practice.
  • Gospel Music as Prayer and Praise, Monday 2/12, 7:30pm, Corr Chapel: Singing in the gospel music tradition has long been a source of solace and inspiration to the Black church and the wider Christian community. Join Villanova’s Gospel Choir and their director Ruth Winslow to learn about and experience this uplifting spiritual practice.

Typically 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.

Throughout the year, members of the Villanova community are invited to join in celebrating holidays of diverse faith traditions, including the Jewish High Holidays, Diwali (Hindu), Purim (Jewish), Holi (Hindu) and Ramadan (Muslim) Iftars.

Jummah Prayer is held every Friday during the school year at 1:45 PM. In Fall 2023, Jummah will be held in the Prayer Room on the 2nd floor of John Barry Hall until fall break. After fall break, we will gather in the St. Rita Hall Multifaith Prayer Room. For more info, contact Asheq Fazlullah, the Muslim Student Adviser.

We invite you to join us for Mindfulness Mondays. For details, including the time and Zoom link, see the Spirituality web page. Each session is facilitated by a member of the Villanova community. Everyone is welcome. No registration is required.

See the Sunday and daily Mass schedule and other opportunities on the Catholic Worship web page.

Bethel AME Church of Bryn Mawr
50 South Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
[610] 527–6674
Sunday 11:00 AM

Bethel AME Church of Ardmore
163 Sheldon Lane
Ardmore, PA 19003

St, John AME Church
930 Conestoga Road
Rosemont, PA 19010
Sunday 1:00 PM

Central Baptist Church
106 West Lancaster Avenue
Wayne, PA 19087
Sunday 10:45 AM

Lower Merion Baptist Church
911 New Gulph Road
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Sunday 10:30 AM

Church of the Good Shepherd
1116 E Lancaster Ave
Rosemont, PA 10910
Sunday 8:00 AM Low Mass, 10:00 AM Solemn High Mass

Soka Gakkai International - Philadelphia
2000 Hamilton St.
Suite 210
Philadelphia, PA 19130
215-569- 2144

Won Buddhism of Philadelphia
423 Abington Ave.
Glenside, PA 19038

Six:Eight Vineyard Church
1116 Lancaster Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Resurrection Philadelphia
123 S. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Sunday 9:30 AM

Church of the Saviour
651 N. Wayne Avenue
Wayne, PA 19087
[610] 688–6338
Sunday 8:05 AM & 9:30 AM (Classic)
Sunday 11:00 AM (Contemporary)
Sunday 6:00 PM (Postmodern)

Hope Community Church
150 East Beidler Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406
[610] 265–4981
Sunday 9:00 AM, 10:45 AM

St. George Coptic Orthodox Church
411 Dekalb St.
Norristown, PA 19401
[610] 272–7615
Sunday 9:00 AM

For more information, please contact Dr. Kerry SanChirico, Orthodox Student Fellowship Adviser ( or Father Joseph Loya, OSA of the Theology & Religious Studies Department at ext. 9-7243.

Christ Church Ithan
536 Conestoga Rd
Villanova, PA 19085
(610) 688-1110
Sunday 8:30 AM & 10:00 AM

Church of the Redeemer
230 Pennswood Road
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
[610] 525–2486
Sunday 8:00 AM & 10:00 AM

St. David's Episcopal Church
763 South Valley Forge Rd
Wayne, PA 19087
Sunday 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 5:00 PM

Saint Mary's Episcopal Church
104 Louella Ave.
Wayne, PA 19087
[610] 688–1313
Sunday 7:45 AM & 10:30 AM

Saint George Antiochian
8210 West Chester Pike
Upper Darby, PA 19082
[610] 853–1171
Saturday 5:30 PM—Orthodox Vespers
Sunday 9:30 AM—Matins
Sunday 10:30 AM—Divine Liturgy

For more information, please contact Dr. Kerry SanChirico, Orthodox Student Fellowship Advisor ( or Father Joseph Loya, OSA of the Theology & Religious Studies Department at ext. 9-7243.

Bharatiya Temple
1612 County Line Road
Chalfont, PA, 18914

BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha 
1561 Woodbourne Road
Levittown, PA

Please contact Villanova’s Hindu Interfaith Advisor, Shivam Gosai, for more information:

Temple Beth Hillel Beth El (Conservative)
Lancaster Avenue & Remington Road
Wynnewood, PA
Friday 6:00 PM, Saturday 9:30 AM

Temple Brith Achim (Reform)
481 South Gulph Road
King of Prussia, PA 19087

Main Line Reform Temple
410 Montgomery Ave.
Wynnewood, PA 19096

Please visit the official website of Villanova Hillel for more information.

Wayne United Methodist Church
210 S. Wayne Avenue
Wayne, PA 19087
[610] 688–5650
Sunday 10:30 AM

St. Luke United Methodist Church
568 Montgomery Ave.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Islamic Society of Greater Valley Forge
958 N Valley Forge Rd
Devon, PA 19333

The Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship (Sufi)
5820 Overbrook Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131

Please contact Villanova’s Muslim Advisor, Asheq Fazlullah, for more information:

Grace Covenant Church
275 S. Ithan Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Sunday 9:45AM (Pickup at Bartley Hall at 9:30 AM)

Renewal Presbyterian Church
4633 Cedar Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19143
[215] 727–7200
Sunday 9:30 AM & 11:30 AM

Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church
625 Montgomery Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
[610] 525–2821
Sunday 8:00 AM & 10:00 AM

Wayne Presbyterian Church
125 E. Lancaster Avenue
Wayne, PA 19087
[610] 688–8700
Sunday 8:30 AM, 9:30 AM, & 11:00 AM

Ardmore Presbyterian Church
5 W. Lancaster Ave.
Ardmore, PA 19003
Sunday 10:30 AM

Radnor Friends Meeting
610 Conestoga Rd.
Villanova, PA 19085
[610] 293–1153
Sunday 10:00 AM

Main Line Unitarian Church
816 S Valley Forge Rd
Devon, PA 19333-1825
Sunday 10:00 AM

Gulph United Church of Christ
100 Matson Ford Road
Gulph Mills, PA 19428
[610] 525–6593
Sunday 10:30 AM - Services
Friday 11:00 AM - Prayer Service

Student Groups

We support and oversee all faith-related student groups, as well as Campus Ministry student service groups.

All of these organizations also are registered with Student Involvement.

We are a student organization associated with Antioch Church of Philadelphia. Our doors are wide open to people from all backgrounds. Whether you are a spiritual seeker who's just beginning to ask questions about God or a committed Christian who wants to deepen your faith, Antioch is a welcoming community where you can find spiritual help, hope and encouragement. We invite you to discover God's wonderful love and plan for life through our church! For more info, contact Chris Lee

Fiat is Villanova's Catholic women's community. We seek to live the joy of the Gospel through conversation, friendship and a ton of fun along the way. Fiat is a space for prayer, virtuous friendship, Catholic formation and joy. We explore our identity in Christ, support each other on the journey of faith and strive for sainthood. We meet twice weekly to deepen our faith and our friendships with one another! For more info, contact Emily Lindoerfer

We are the Villanova Fellowship Group for a local Philadelphia church, Grace Covenant Church. GCC is a nondenominational Christian church that seeks to raise kingdom workers. Our GCC fellowship group on campus meets every week for Bible study. We have various fun events during the year that allow us to have fellowship in Jesus! For more info, contact Jonathan VerSchneider

The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal Catholic organization dedicated to the principles of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism, upholding them through our programs, meetings and events centered around growing as men in the Catholic faith. Our goal is to give men the opportunity to build up and strengthen the Church. We welcome all Catholic men who want to start living out their faith in a more concrete way. No matter where you are in your faith and relationship with Christ, the Knights are here to build you up into the man you are meant to be. For more info, contact Adam Vanino.

The Muslim Students Association seeks to serve the best interest of Muslim students, while educating and interacting with other faiths to promote religious diversity at Villanova. The MSA offers Jummah (congregational) Prayer on Fridays, community Iftar meals during Ramadan, and numerous events for community building and learning throughout the year. For more info, contact Khadija Malik

Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) guides students along the path to Jesus Christ through His Church, cultivating a campus community of worship, witness, service, fellowship and education. The Vision of OCF is to

be the loving presence of Christ and the Orthodox Church on Villanova’s campus

be an integral part of students’ spiritual formation by challenging them to explore the faith

inspire students to commit to living an Orthodox Christian way of life daily

OCF gathers regularly for fellowship events, discussions with our spiritual advisor, and to attend church services at local Orthodox parishes. Additionally, OCF participates in campus ministry events, representing the Orthodox student voice at Villanova.  For more info, contact Jenna Magas.

The mission of Villanova Hillel is to enhance the religious and cultural lives of Jewish students attending Villanova. We also hope to make non-Jewish students feel welcome in the club. We strive to uphold our mission by celebrating Jewish holidays, hosting Chinese food dinners, and facilitating dialogue between Jewish and non-Jewish students on campus. It is our goal to make Jewish students feel comfortable on campus and to address as many of their needs as possible. For more info, contact Micki Loud and Lauren Arnold.

The purpose of Villanova Intervarsity is to start and grow a witnessing community of students and faculty who follow Jesus as Savior and Lord: growing in love for God, God's Word, God's people of every ethnicity and culture, and God's purposes in the world. For more info, contact Jeremy Mathew

Young Life College is an ecumenical Christian fellowship group seeking to foster and develop relationships with each other and with God. We offer weekly large groups and small groups where we look at the Bible, talk about faith, and learn more about who Jesus is and how he influences our lives. Wherever you are in your faith journey, you're welcome here! Join us as we have fun and explore our faith through community, adventure and significance. For more info, contact Ellen Pataky.

Villanova's Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter seeks to engage students through service opportunities within the local community and unite all Villanovans around the cause of affordable housing. Through partnerships with Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery and Delaware Counties as well as on-campus fundraising initiatives, the chapter furthers Habitat for Humanity's vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. For more information, contact CJ Sferlazza


Food Recovery Network (FRN) at Villanova aims to provide for the community by recovering food from the dining halls weekly and distributing it to locations such as homeless shelters, and food pantries in the Ardmore area. Our FRN chapter here at Villanova recovered around 1700 pounds of food in the 2022-2023 school year. All food was donated to AIDS Care Group located in Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania. Currently, we are recovering food 4 nights a week in Dougherty hall, (“Pit”) and Donahue Hall ("Spit"), and we are looking for dedicated volunteers to help us package recovered food. Be part of the movement to reduce food waste and build a more sustainable planet while ensuring all people have access to food. For more information, contact Kaitlin Zheng








Villanova Refugee Empowerment is a social justice service organization focused on guiding refugees as they adjust to life in the United States while recovering from the trauma they may have experienced from being forced to flee their homeland. For more information, contact Gina Ngo

Interfaith Advisory Council

The IAC envisions a Villanova community that is a welcoming home for people of all faith traditions, as well as for those who identify as non-religious. It draws on partners from across campus to guide university policies and practices around four focal areas:

  • Fostering religious literacy and interreligious learning and leadership
  • Ensuring accommodations for religious practice for those of all traditions
  • Addressing, in coordination with the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, issues of religious bias or discrimination
  • Building bridges of understanding across lines of religious and nonreligious difference

Julia Sheetz, Director of Multifaith Ministry (Campus Ministry), Convenor

Sheryl Bowen, Faculty Director, Program in Intergroup Relations

Dana Jacob, Director of Lifelong Learning and Alumni Programs, University Advancement

Brian McCabe, Director of Spirituality and Outreach (Campus Ministry)

Terry Nance, Director, Center for Dialogue

Rena Potok, Faculty, Augustine and Culture Seminar Program

Kerry San Chirico, Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies

Cathy Toner, Assistant Dean and member of Interfaith Committee, VSB

Asheq Fazlullah, Muslim Student Advisor

Aviva Marchione, Jewish Student Advisor

The council was established in 2018 as an outgrowth of University initiatives to promote interfaith engagement, including

Creation of position of Campus Minister for Ecumenical and Interfaith Outreach

Creation of faculty line for interreligious studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies

Selection of five Villanovans to participate in first Institute for Interfaith Excellence, sponsored by the Interfaith Youth Core and the American Association of Colleges and Universities

Integration of interfaith engagement into student experience through leader trainings

Regular component of the RISE training for student organization leaders

Regular component of School of Business student leader training

Interfaith sessions with RAs, Blue Key, Peer Ministers, ACT facilitators and IGR students

Initiatives with Student Government 

Advocacy and support for diversifying of Theology and Religious Studies offerings and faculty

Retooling of TRS program structure led to the creation of 3 tracks for THL 1000:

Catholic Studies
Faith and Reason
Global Religious Experience

Faculty lines increasing religious diversity:

Dr. Ethan Schwartz, Hebrew Bible, Jewish Studies
Dr. Stephanie Wong, Comparative and Systematic Theology, Chinese Religions 
Dr. Jaisy Joseph, Systematic and Practical Theology 

Kerry San Chirico and Julie Sheetz co-authored chapter on “Interreligious Studies and Interfaith Engagement at the Catholic University" for the Georgetown Handbook of Interreligious Studies

Support for diverse religious practice

Weekly Jummah (Muslim congregational prayer) on campus 

Establishment of advisers for Muslim Students Association and Hillel

Research and development of multifaith prayer space (to be included in St. Rita Hall renovation)

Academic and dietary accommodations (e.g., Ramadan and Eid during final exams)

Transportation to religious services and other support

Addressing religious bias, discrimination and violence

Vigils in wake of Tree of Life synagogue and New Zealand mosque attacks

Public response to antisemitism

Continuing work with ODEI on campus climate

Multifaith experiential learning

Interfaith Human Library held every semester 

Interfaith retreats

Religious site visits

On-campus events (prayer practices, interfaith dinners, Ramadan iftars, Holi celebration, Passover seders)

Faith in Dialogue Symposium 2023

If you missed the Inaugural Faith in Dialogue Symposium on January 31, you can view it by clicking the button above.

Upcoming Interfaith Human Library

Join us for the Human Library on Tuesday, October 24, 4:30 - 6:00 PM in the Falvey Speakers' Corner