Today there are approximately 1,200 students enrolled at the College and well over 100 staff. As an Augustinian school Villanova seeks to provide a well-rounded education in which Christian values underpin the quest for excellence in the various disciplines.
The College motto Vincit Veritas (Truth conquers) echo the words of Augustine Nothing conquers except truth (Sermon 358). The College's patron is the sixteenth-century Spanish Augustinian bishop Thomas of Villanova who is the Order's patron of studies.
The College's foundation in 1948 marked the move of the Order in Australia to a specific ministry of education. This first foundation was on a property called Whinstanes at Hamilton (Brisbane). Five Augustinians comprised the first teaching staff of the College under the inspirational leadership of Fr Richard B (Ben) O'Donnell OSA. The College moved to its present site in 1954 and has grown to be a renowned and much esteemed school community. The College celebrated its sixty-fifth anniversary in 2013.
As of 2015 the Principal of the College has been Mr Mark Stower,and the Villanova College Council is responsible for the governance of the College. As with other Augustinians ministries, the ministry at the College is a partnership between the Augustinians, members of staff and the wider College community.
Love of learning and understanding are part of the tradition of the Order. Another key element of the Augustinian tradition is mutual support offered within a Christian community. The reason for the school's existence is the education of members of the Catholic community in the context of their Christian faith.
The current student ministry groups at Villanova are:
YAYM (Young Augustinian Youth Ministries, including secondary education funding for three students in another nation) AFAS (Australian Filipino Augustinian Solidarity) AFAS ELDERSST VINCENT DE PAUL (Food hampers, etc.) YCS (Young Christian Students) ROSIES (Youth street ministry) KOKODA CHALLENGE (Supporting youth at risk) FAIR GO AUSTRALIA (Indigenous support)
PO Box 1166 (Sixth Avenue) Coorparoo DC QLD 4151 Phone: (07) 3394 5690 Fax: (07) 3397 0103
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web site: http://www.vnc.qld.edu.au
November 2019 Update
Thirty one Villanova College staff and students spent their September holidays in the Philippines. All are members of the Australian Filipino Augustinian Solidarity or AFAS. In its 29th year, AFAS enables students to engage in a cultural and emersion experience in Augustinian connected situations. Relationship are strengthened and participants are enriched. The 2019 experience drew absolute positive praise from the students who readily claim they have been enriched.
While the AFAS students were in the Philippines, the work of the 2018 AFAS Elders was blessed on Kinatarkan Island, Cebu.
Pictures show the completed AFAS Elders Mat Wearing Hut and the Villanova AFAS Students and Staff about to depart Brisbane.