Peer Ministers are assigned to minister to a particular first year residence hall in partnership with a Graduate Resident Minister (GRM). They will consistently spend at least 1 hour per week in their hall offering “ministry of presence.” This includes going door to door, meeting with residents, checking in, and offering space to connect.
Join us for an incredible year of community, faith, and growth!
Peer ministers are a tight-knit community of undergraduate students who provide a ministerial presence in residence halls and throughout campus while participating in ongoing personal and communal spiritual formation that is animated by the spirituality of St. Augustine and rooted in the Gospel. They offer 1:1 accompaniment; opportunities for community building and faith sharing; and they serve as a connection between students and the wealth of resources and opportunities for both personal and spiritual growth on campus. Peer Ministers accompany students from all backgrounds and faiths. They are grounded in joy and a firm belief that every student at Villanova should feel welcome, known, and loved.
The Peer Ministry program also facilitates a variety of events and programs on campus throughout each semester that promote community and faith including Storytelling Events, Get Real Small Groups, and Prayer Opportunities.
During the this academic year, Peer Ministers serve first-year residence halls on campus. If you are interested in becoming a Peer Minister or learning more about the many programs we offer throughout the year, please see the information below or email Meghan Dietzler, Associate Director for Peer Ministry.
Formation: Peer Ministers participate in ongoing formation that offers them resources, support, and skills to be effective, grounded and intentional ministers to their residents and their peers on campus. This includes:
- Early arrival to campus in August for Peer Ministry orientation
- 1.5 hour bi-weekly meetings for formation, planning, community building, and shared prayer.
Community: Both in and outside of official meetings, Peer Ministers will grow in community together rooted in prayer, support, healthy communication, and joy.
Spiritual Growth: Peer Ministers are committed to their own personal spiritual growth and are assigned to a Spiritual Mentor in Campus Ministry who will support them 1:1 throughout the year.
Select peer ministers along with other passionate Villanova students explore and express their faith through making and sharing contemporary Christian music together. This group of students meet weekly to practice music and share their faith with one another. They provide music for evenings of praise and worship Adoration.
Peer Ministers coordinate regular speaker series throughout each semester where faculty, staff, and students share stories about their faith and how it applies to their lives. The goals of both are to create honest, comfortable spaces where students can learn, be inspired, and challenged by the stories, ideas, and beliefs of the speakers. Peer Ministers also hope to these events can serve as ways for students to connect with each other and build friendships.
- Agape Latte is a national faith storytelling series where faculty and staff on campus are invited to share part of their story and faith journey with students.
- Cari-talks is a storytelling series founded by Villanova students during the pandemic where student speakers are invited to share part of their story and faith journey, oftentimes focused on a particular theme. Past themes include Change, Friendship, Forgiveness, Transitions, Relationships, and more!
Peer Ministers facilitate small groups where members talk about the everyday challenges of student life, including relationships, decision making, faith and spirituality. These groups provide a trusted space for honest conversation. Discover that we all share similar questions and concerns. Learn more or find a small group.