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[Fresh] FRESH@news: The Papal Visit

Villanova University is excited to support the Papal Visit as part of the

World Meeting of Families!


Pope Francis is visiting Philadelphia on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27. Highlights of his visit will include a speech at Independence Hall and the Festival of Families on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on September 26, and a Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on September 27. Visit the WMOF website for more information and a full schedule for the Papal visit, and visit this University website for an overview of the many ways that the Villanova community is involved in this historic event.  

Here are some highlights:


Thursday, September 24, 2015

v The Villanova Voices and Villanova Singers will sing the world premiere of a marriage themed oratorio, The Wedding Feast of the Lamb, as an auxiliary event during the World Meeting of Families at 8 p.m. at the St. John the Evangelist Church, 21 S. 13th St., Philadelphia.  Students may register on villanovatix.com for bus transportation ($5/person) to the concert that evening(the concert is free).

Friday, September 25, 2015

v The Neumann Community at Drexel University is hosting a “Pope Kick-Off Party” starting with a Mass at 6:00pm, a Barbecue at 7:00pm, and a concert at 8:00pm.  This event is open to area college students, including Villanova. To attend, students can register on villanovatix.com, (cost $10 per person).  Transportation: Take SEPTA’s Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail Line train (on West Campus) to 30th Street Station. Drexel is just a couple of blocks from the train station.    Visit this link for a SEPTA train schedule and to purchase a train ticket.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

v World Meeting of Families is hosting the Festival of Families on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway: Norristown High Speed Line, SEPTA pass needed.

v Vigil Mass 5:30 p.m., Villanova Church

Sunday, September 27, 2015

v Papal Mass in Philadelphia, 4 p.m., Benjamin Franklin Parkway

v Simulcast of the Papal Mass,  4 p.m., Villanova Room, Connelly

v Campus Sunday Mass, 9 p.m., Villanova Church


For more information, visit the World Meeting of Families page on the Office of the President's website, and for details about campus events for students, please visit the Student Life page.


University Operations:

In response to the request from the WMOF for parking, and in anticipation of significant congestion throughout the region, Villanova will suspend normal operations Friday, September 25-Sunday, September 27 and adjust the schedule for classes that meet on campus. On Friday, September 25, in lieu of classes meeting on campus, faculty are asked to use technology to hold class that day or to re-schedule their class to the Reading Day at the end of the semester.  As of this date, Villanova will be open with classes taking place on Monday September 28, 2015.





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