At 12:10PM on Saturday, April 14, Pope Francis received in audience in the Clementine Hall of the Vatican, a delegation of Villanova University.

Villanova University's Delegation received in private audience with Pope Francis. Following are the Holy Father's words:

Dear Friends, I am pleased to welcome you, Father President, the Council and the Board of Trustees of Villanova University, on the occasion of your meeting in Rome. I pray that your time in the Eternal City will be a source of spiritual renewal for each of you.

As an heir to the great Augustinian tradition of learning inspired by the pursuit of divine wisdom, your University was founded to preserve and pass on the richness of the Catholic tradition to new generations of students...

Congratulations 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball National Champions!

The Augustinian Friars of the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova congratulate Coach Jay Wright, the 2018 Villanova Basketball Team, and the entire University Community on another NCAA Basketball Championship. We are proud of a Program played and won in the Augustinian tradition of brotherhood and honor. 

Fr. Michael F. Di Gregorio, O.S.A., Prior Provincial, Province of St. Thomas of Villanova
and Friars at Villanova University, Merrimack College, North Andover, MA Malvern Preparatory School, Malvern, PA, St. Augustine Preparatory School, Richland, NJ, and our many parishes in Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Japan and Peru.

Our Easter Wish to You

The holy, glad day of the Lord’s resurrection has shone forth today to all. Let us rejoice, brothers and sisters, for this is the day the Lord has made: the mother of all good days, the origin of immortal life, the beginning of all our glory. Therefore on the day of this solemnity so venerable, let us offer congratulations both to Christ and ourselves. To Christ, I say, who, after the victory of the cross, brought back spoils from his enemies . . . to ourselves, because we now see the likeness of our future resurrection and gaze upon the sight of our hoped-for glory in Christ. It is our glory that we consider; it is our beauty the we venerate; our resurrection has begun in Christ and will be brought in us in his time.

Saint Thomas of Villanova, Easter Sunday, Sermon 1, 1-2

The Augustinian Friars of the Province of
Saint Thomas of Villanova
Send Sincere Best Wishes and Prayerful Remembrance

That the Joy of the Easter Mystery
May Fill your Heart and Renew your Spirit

NYT writes about Father Robert Hagan, O.S.A., VU Chaplain

We can all connect to the appreciation felt when someone supports us by simply listening.  A recent article in The New York Times, You Know Sister Jean, Meet Father Rob by Zach Schonbrun focuses on the influential role Father Rob Hagan, O.S.A., plays as Villanova basketball team’s chaplin. As mentioned in the article, Father Hagan provides an open space for these men to be heard.  Father Hagan explains, “They have a million people telling them what to do.” However, when Father Hagan speaks, you can be sure the players listen. This past Palm Sunday’s pre-game prayer offered the team balance as they moved forward, “Don’t drink the perfume. You don’t get too high when things are going well, and you don’t get too low when things are not going so great.”