Faith and Learning Scholars Program

 “Augustine believed in the power of a community dedicated to the collective pursuit of truth and Christian friendship. At Villanova, this spirit comes alive through the students, faculty, staff, administrators, and Augustinian Friars who are united in a passionate pursuit of knowledge and service to others. This mutual commitment to Veritas, Unitas, Caritas – Truth, Unity, Love – serves as a living embodiment of the University’s Catholic and Augustinian mission and creates an environment that fosters exciting opportunities for learning and growth.”

Fr. Peter Donohue, OSA

Consistent with this visionary statement, the Center for Faith and Learning provides the opportunity to explore the vocation of the mind and the depths of the Spirit in the way of Augustine, who searched for knowledge in the context of community. 

The activities of the Center promote critical inquiry in the context of community and friendship, where those who enter the dialogue, seek integration of faith, which is the hallmark of Augustinian pedagogy. 

In the Faith and Learning Scholars program Faculty Mentors and Student Scholars together will:

  • discuss what it means to be engaged in a search for truth and to be dedicated to the intellectual life,
  • explore ways to balance contemplation and activity,
  • consider one’s future potential for service to society, the academy and the Church,
  • grow through knowledge to wisdom.
2017 Senior Scholars were recognized at the program's final dinner-dialogue of the year. Please see the "Alumni Scholars" page for more details and photographs of graduating scholars from prior years.
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Senior Scholars Say:

"Our dinner dialogues were always like a breath of fresh air for me -- they helped me take a step back and consider my faith, something that I don't always make time for in my day-to-day life. Those moments became very important to me over the past three years."
"I have had the opportunity to meet a group of people all with the same focus of school and integrated faith.  I never thought I would be able to connect with these students (and faculty) in one setting. I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to experience faith and learning these three years."
"I'm a more confident person. Not just in my faith life, though that's certainly true, but I feel like a more well-rounded individual for having participated in this program. I'm more open. I'm more comfortable talking about myself and my experiences."
* Faculty Mentors application 2017-2018.pdf
2017-2018 Faculty Mentor Application
* Scholars application 2017-2018.pdf
2017-2018 Scholar application