Faith without works is dead.
Faith, Hope and Love are three virtues St. Augustine trumpeted as foundational for Christian living. We at Villanova College are called to live in faith, in hope and in love through service to one another as Jesus taught and St. Thomas of Villanova modeled. In this spirit, every student is expected to complete individual Christian Service hours and an associated project. The sincerest way of expressing thankfulness for blessings received, and to put into action our call to active Christian discipleship, is to use the gifts and talents we have for the benefit of God's people. It is our hope that a student's service experience will go beyond simple volunteering and provide an opportunity for students to learn more about themselves and the world around them and to aid in the process of making this world a better place.
Villanova is proud of our partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Each year our grade 12 students have the opportunity to volunteer in a Habitat build. Through this experience, our students put God's love into action as they help in the construction or renovation of a home for a family in need.
Every Friday afternoon, student volunteers travel to Richview Manor Retirement Residence to participate in the Adopt A Senior program. Students spend some time socializing and chatting with residents, organizing activities and crafts, hosting special events, and participating in fundraising initiatives including Strides for Stroke.
Our annual Terry Fox Run Day is an amazing display of unitas, veritas and caritas. In a moving morning assembly, our community comes together to honour and remember those who have been affected by cancer. We then move outside to participate in a five kilometre run on the beautiful grounds of MaryLake. This is a school-wide event, with all students, faculty and administration taking part.
Since our first run in 2004, Villanova College is proud to have raised more than $298 825 in support of the Terry Fox Foundation. In each of those years, VC has ranked in the top 10 of all schools in Ontario. Our goal every year is to keep Terry's dream alive; we know that every dollar makes a profound difference in the efforts to find a cure for this disease that has affected so many.