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Villanova Centennial


"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."

St. Augustine
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.

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