Pellegrinaggio Agostiniano di Villanova

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The Pellegrinaggio Agostiniano in Italia (Augustinian Pilgrimage in Italy) is a prayerful journey designed to assist participating pilgrims with deepening their understanding of Villanova University's Catholic identity and Augustinian heritage.

The structure of this collaborative effort provides pilgrims with opportunities to experience the three primary values that constitute the overarching mission of any Augustinian institution:

  • Veritas - engaging in a restless search for truth and meaning.
  • Unitas - striving to be one in mind and heart on the way to God.
  • Caritas - building up the City of God through love of neighbor.

The pilgrimage takes place in the context of an academic course and is required of those enrolled. The program is coordinated by Dr. Barbara Wall, Vice President for Mission & Ministry. Preparation meetings are required and participants are responsible for all expenses.

Inquiries regarding participation can be directed to Dr. Wall at any time.

To download a sample handout, click here.

Resources for Preparation

General Introduction to the Pilgrimage

Themes for Reflection (Slide Presentation)

Link to 2008 Pellegrinaggio Blog (Staff & Faculty)
Link to 2010 Pellegrinaggio Blog (Student)

Discussion on Mission and Purpose

* Life1.pdf
The Life of Saint Augustine by Possidius - Part 1
* 10.29.2007.pdf
Readings on Friendship and Happiness - Scripture, The Confessions, De Beata Vita

The Life of Augustine

* Life2.pdf
The Life of Saint Augustine by Possidius - Part 2
* Life3.pdf
The Life of Saint Augustine by Possidius - Part 3

Readings on Conversion and Baptism

* confessions_viii.pdf
The Confessions, Book VIII
* confessions_ix(1).pdf
The Confessions, Book IX (Part 1)
* ruleofaugustine.pdf
The Rule of Augustine

Community and the Influence of Monica

* inspirationofaugustine.pdf
The Inspiration of the Rule of Augustine (pg. 83-92)
* confessions_ix(2).pdf
The Confessions, Book IX (Part 2)