Religious Diversity at Villanova

Campus Ministry banner that says "all are welcome" with diverse faith symbols

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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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 diverse backgrounds offers a welcoming community in which to sing, pray, and deepen faith and friendships. Services are created and led by students, Campus Ministry staff, and guest speakers from across campus and the surrounding community. 

Sunday evenings at 6 PM in Corr Chapel.

Prayer & Worship on Campus

Gospel Choir

Do you love to sing? Are you interested in building a community rooted in the deep spirituality and musical brilliance of the gospel tradition? Join the Villanova Gospel Choir! We’re bringing gospel back to campus, and we welcome you to join us!

Interest meeting:
Thursday, September 12, 5 PM
St. Rita Hall Community Room

Questions? Email Rev. Naomi Washington-Leapheart

Jummah Prayer

All are welcome to attend Jummah, Muslim congregational prayer, held every Friday, 1:30 – 2:00 PM. A sermon is offered by a local imam, followed by traditional prayer. Prayer Room - John Barry Hall (2nd floor). Co-sponsored by the Muslim Student Association and Campus Ministry

Mindfulness Meditation

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 every Monday from 12:45 - 1:15 PM in the St. Rita Hall 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

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.  

Our gathering times for the Spring semester are Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:45-1:15PM & Wednessday 8:30-9AM in the St. Rita Hall Community Room.

Please join us.  No previous experience with centering prayer or meditation is necessary.

Catholic Worship

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

Interfaith Ambassadors

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.

"Taste of Faith" Dinners

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.

Villanova Interfaith Activism

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  

Interfaith Service & Justice Experience

Hosted by the Pilgrimage in Washington, DC, participants in this Service and Justice Experience during Spring break 2020 will learn skills and strategies for becoming Interfaith allies. Students will visit a variety of places of worship, engaging with those who practice diverse faiths, and learning about interfaith coalitions responding to justice issues in our nation’s capital. Participants will have opportunities for service as well as dialogue and advocacy, while integrating their experiences through workshops and shared reflection

Interfaith Retreat

February 7-9, 2020. 

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.