St. Thomas of Villanova Celebration
Each fall, the Villanova community begins the academic year with a celebration honoring St. Thomas of Villanova, the 16th-century Augustinian bishop of Valencia, Spain, and patron of the University. This tradition continues in 2020 with three days of special events.
Thursday, September 24, 2020: St. Thomas of Villanova Lecture
Time: TBD. Location: Villanova Room, Connelly Center. Speaker: Tara Westover Reception to follow.
Saturday, September 19, 2020: Day of Service
Description: Students, faculty, staff, alumni and families will partner with community agencies to perform service in neighborhoods throughout the region. Villanovans outside of Greater Philadelphia are encouraged to participate in the Day of Service by identifying opportunities closer to home. Please visit the Villanova University Alumni Association website for more information.
Saturday, September 19, 2020: Community Liturgy
Time: 5:30 p.m., Location: Campus Green. All are welcome to join Fr. Peter for a communal celebration of Mass on the Campus Green to bring a prayerful and celebratory end to this year’s Day of Service. In a salute to St Thomas of Villanova’s Spanish roots and together with our regular Spanish Mass community, this will be a bilingual liturgy. To give us a sense of who is coming, everyone is encouraged to pre-register for “Day of Service Bilingual Mass on the Campus Green” under “Mass – Weekend of September 18” through Villanova Tix (although if you decide to come last minute, you are still welcome, of course!). Some chairs will be available for those in need, but don’t forget to bring your portable chair if you are able!