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.
St. Monica
St. Monica Group - Inspired by her prayerful persistence

Faith & Learning Scholars Program

St. Monica II group now being formed! 

Applications available

The formation process for the '15-'18 community of faculty Mentors and student Scholars (freshmen who will then be rising sophomores) now has begun!  Both the Mentor application and Scholar application are posted and ready for downloading. Deadlines are Feb 13 for Mentor applications and March 11 for Scholar applications.  Please see applications for details.

Please feel free to contact us at the Center for more information or to answer any questions you may have

Please see the Faculty Mentors and Student Scholars pages for more information on each.


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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."
* Scholars application 2015-2016.pdf
Scholars application 2015-2016
* Faculty Mentors application 2015-2016.pdf
Faculty Mentors application 2015-2016