"Even those in good health cannot avoid getting old. But inside, in a person's spirit, there is no death, even when the body begins to fade away. Interiorly you do not waste away, even though the timbers of your body are weighed down and creaking with years."
Letter 147, Chapter 2
Villanova's Centennial, celebrated in 1942-1943, had to be curtailed
because of World War II. A brief, illustrated history of the college's first
one-hundred years appeared in the student year book, The Belle Air, for 1943. The
centennial observances began with a Solemn Pontifical Mass in September 1942 and concluded
with a special convocation in May 1943.
Link to Exhibit Items
- Reverend Edward V. Stanford, O.S.A., LL.D
- Students in front of the Villanova College sign
- The Sister Liberty Bell
- Dennis Cardinal Dougherty, D.D.,
Archbishop of Philadelphia
- Procession of Solemn Pontifical Mass
- Centennial announcement
- Centennial freshman cap, class of 1943
College Dance Ration Book
- Horse and carriage, 15 January 1943
- Program, Solemn Pontifical Mass of
- Centennial Seal
- Reverend Edward V. Stanford, O.S.A., at the Centennial Dinner
- Solemn Pontifical Mass, 20 September 1942
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