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Join the CRS Ambassadors for a prayer vigil remembering those mistreated by the U.S. Immigration System. Register by scanning the QR code.

As part of Immigration Week, join the Villanova Community and the Villanova/Catholic Relief Services Ambassadors for a prayer vigil remembering those mistreated by the U.S. immigration system.

Tuesday, February 23, 6PM

Please REGISTER for Zoom link.


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Through drones and GIS mapping Villanova advances Catholic Relief Services efforts in Madagascar

From introducing drone technology to conducting research for water-related projects, Villanovans collaborate with CRS staff in Madagascar on humanitarian initatives....Read the complete article in the Villanova magazine.


Building solidarity through education, research, advocacy and service.


Catholic Relief Services gives active witness to the mandate of Jesus Christ to respond to human needs by:

  • responding to victims of natural and man-made disasters
  • providing assistance to the poor to alleviate their immediate needs
  • supporting self-help programs which involve people and communities in their own development
  • helping those it serves to restore and preserve their dignity and to realize their potential
  • collaborating with religious and non-sectarian persons and groups of goodwill in programs and projects which contribute to a more equitable society
  • helping to educate the people of the United States to fulfill their moral responsibilities in alleviating human suffering, removing its causes and promoting social justice


In May of 2005, CRS and Villanova University signed a Memorandum of Understanding, a formal agreement to work collaboratively to advance global solidarity through education, research, advocacy and service.

On October 27, 2015 Villanova University and Catholic Relief Services signed a collaborative agreement on activities related to CRS' programming in Madagascar that includes: improving the health and nutrition of pregnant women and children, increasing and diversifying household incomes, alleviating the impact of natural disasters, and accessing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene.


The goal of the CRS/Villanova partnership is to promote a mutually consultative collaboration that is integrated into the University’s mission to promote the global common good. The partnership will provide an interdisciplinary approach with programs including:

  • CRS Ambassadors who engage their peers on issues such as sustainability, food security, human rights, climate change and social justice
  • Overseas summer internships with CRS/Madagascar and CRS Headquarters in Baltimore
  • Partnering with CRS on research, advocacy, service and education efforts
  • CRS staff and beneficiaries who share their experiences 
  • Events for students to meet professionals who work in the fields of international development and humanitarian relief

Partnership Administration
Fr. Kevin DePrinzio, OSA, Director
Daniel L. Griffin, Program Director
Trudy Pacella, Administrative Assistant
Maureen McCullough, JD (CRS)
Danielle Corea (CRS)

College of Nursing

Law School
Michele Pistone

Student Ambassadors
Claire Leroux

School of Business

College of Engineering
Iain Hunt

Center for Peace and Justice Education
Kathyn Getek Soltis                   
William Stehl

Villanova University's Partnership Coordinator and CRS Ambassadors' Advisor:
Dan Griffin
St. Rita Hall, Rm 114

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