800 E. Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Villanova is an Augustinian University.
"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, 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."
-Rev. Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A.
Founded by the Order of St. Augustine in 1842, Villanova University is the oldest Catholic University in Pennsylvania. Located twelve miles west of Philadelphia, the university sits on a campus of over 250 acres.
The University's patron, St. Thomas of Villanova, was a 16th century Spanish Augustinian friar. Thomas García studied and taught philosophy, served as provincial in the Augustinian order, and was known as "The Father of the Poor." In addition to providing food and shelter for the disenfranchised, he established schools. St. Thomas maintained that the desire for God was at the heart of all learning.
Rooted in the Augustinian values of Veritas, Unitas, and Caritas - Truth, Unity and Love - Villanova University seeks to embody the vision of community promoted by St. Augustine: a community living in harmony and love, such that the love of Christ is made visible.
St. Augustine approached education in terms of a journey, engaging in communal life, and searching for truth and experiences that transform the student.
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A resource to support its efforts to give Augustine's thought a vibrant and integral place within Villanova's academic and community life, and allows that voice of Augustine to continue to speak effectively to today's world.
Augustinian Historical Institute
A resource center for the study of the history of the Augustinian Order.