Caritas is a four day music ministry and service experience for incoming Villanova students, as well as a seven day Orientation-focused preparation program for returning Pastoral Musicians. Caritas seeks to develop the spirit and skills of the Villanova Pastoral Musician, prepare repertoire for the upcoming school year, enhance camaraderie among current and new pastoral musicians, and prepare and present music for the Orientation Liturgies and Closing Ceremony. An off campus skills/ensemble building day will highlight the program.
Incoming/returning Villanova students who have prior choral and/or orchestral experience, as well as any newcomers who are interested in beginning their experience with this strong training program, are strongly encouraged to consider applying. Students will:
- participate in skills workshops
- receive repertoire training
- participate in team building activities
- engage in leader formation
- share in spiritual reflection
- lead music for various Liturgies, including the Closing Ceremony of New Student Orientation
- move into their rooms on the weekend before the rest of the student body
Caritas can only accept 20 new students and up to 30 returning students each year. Admission is rolling and applicants will be informed of their acceptance within two weeks of application.
The program fee is $50 for incoming freshmen and $75 for returning students. Among other requirements, this fee helps to provide music training sessions, program materials and a program t shirt. Once you receive notification of acceptance into the program, instructions for payment will be given. Thanks for your interest!
Campus Arrival: Monday, August 20, 2018
First Year Students join Orientation: Thursday, August 23, 2018
Returning Students Continue until Sunday, August 26, 2018