Our Catholic Heritage

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As the only Catholic university in Berks County, and one of two in the Allentown Diocese, Alvernia has a vibrant heritage rooted in the spirituality of Saint Francis of Assisi and the Roman Catholic Church.  Here, one’s life is seen as a calling, with a vocation or career that is not intended merely for personal satisfaction or fulfillment, but is meant to transform the lives of others by using our gifts and talents on behalf of others.

Alvernia’s essential Catholic core, evident in its Franciscan identity, compels us to foster moral leadership and learn the value of service to others in the interest of peace and justice, locally and globally, and to promote civic engagement and learning as lifelong pursuits in every career and life path our students choose.

Our students attest to our heritage: 

“’The Franciscan values encompass all parts of who a person is… because Franciscan values are not only gospel centered but are people centered.”       Helen Rolon, Behavioral Health

“The Franciscan heritage in the Catholic Church encourages learning that transcends the boundaries of the classroom.”        Mohamed Sesay, Behavioral Health

Campus Ministry offers a rich liturgical life for all our students, who are encouraged to participate in Mass on Sunday and during the week. They are also encouraged to worship at one of the chapels available on campus and at the Bernardine Franciscan Motherhouse. 

Mass Schedule

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Daily Mass
8:00 AM, Sacred Heart Chapel
12:00 PM, Monday's & Wednesday's, Holy Savior Chapel, VH
Sunday Morning Mass
9:00 AM, Sacred Heart Chapel, VH

Sunday Evening Mass
7:00 PM, Holy Savior Chapel, VH
(No Mass on Dec. 1, 2013)