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We are not born for ourselves, and the natural gifts and free graces that we receive are not for ourselves alone, but we have received them that they may be of benefit to all.—St. Thomas of Villanova

Established in October 2022 as part of the University's 2020-2030 Strategic Plan, the Center for the Common Good serves as a hub for all community service and engaged learning at Villanova. Its mission is to develop and enhance these opportunities, and to encourage reflection in the spirit of the University's patron, who integrated mind and heart in service to others.  

For the 2022-2023 school year, the Center for the Common Good is located in St. Mary's 109

For general inquiries to any staff member, please email:

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About IFTJ

Join this annual gathering for members of Jesuit institutions and the larger Church to learn about social justice issues, reflect, pray, network and advocate together on Capitol Hill. Be empowered and supported by a community that sees faith and justice as inseparable.


October 22–24, 2022


Washington, DC


$20 (covers transportation, lodging and food)

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Since 2005, Villanova has had an institutional partnership with Catholic Relief Services, collaborating to advance global solidarity through education, research, advocacy and service. Learn more.

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In the spirit of St. Thomas of Villanova, who dedicated his life to the service of the poor, we provide opportunities for weekly volunteering and for holiday outreach. Learn more.

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PASJI offers undergrads the opportunity to do funded social justice work in the greater Philadelphia region over the summer. Learn more.

College student talks to organization rep at postgrad service fair

Volunteering for postgrad service is a meaningful way to work with marginalized communities and engage questions of social justice and solidarity. Learn more.

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SJEs allow students to build relationships with other Villanovans and community partners committed to working for justice. Learn more.

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We offer students many ways to get involved in advocacy and service. Learn more.

This list is being updated regularly. If you would like your area added or have questions, please email Kate.

Rays of Sunshine: Students serve at schools and education nonprofits in the Philly area. 

Special Olympics Fall Festival: Villanova students organize and host what is regarded as the largest annual student-run Special Olympics event in the world.

Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. Day of Service: Members of the University community volunteer throughout Greater Philadelphia and on our campus.