April 14th – 20th

Announcements!

  • Graduate Student Mass Thursday April 24th at the regularly scheduled 5:30 liturgy in Corr Chapel
  • Closing of the Academic Prayer Service Thursday May 1st at 4:15 in Corr Chapel with reception following. Please join us for this final gathering and celebration!

This Week’s Events:

Tuesday, April 15th

St. Francis Pledge Signing with Fr. Peter at 4PM in the President’s Lounge (Connelly Center). Dr. Graham will be front and center (unconfirmed) to sign the pledge connecting catholic social teaching and our need to address global climate change.

 

P.S. Volunteers are need to serve as Recycling Rangers during the 3 hour graduation reception (May 16th from 6-9pm at the Connelly Center). If interesting in helping make graduate a zero-waste event (and get free food and t-shirt), contact Liesel Schwarz or Recycling Ric.

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April 7th – 13th

Announcements!

  • Special grad student lunch with Fr. Meconi! Wednesday April 9th, meet in the theology lounge at 11:45am.

This Week’s Events:

Tuesday, April 8th

Soul Sessions! This week’s topic will be a Lenten reflection using the writings of Thomas Merton. Come by Campus Ministry room 113 at 4pm for refection, meditation, and prayer.

Wednesday, April 9th

Lunch Opportunities:

  1. Special graduate student lunch with Fr. Meconi – meet in the lounge at 11:45am.
  2. Jesus and Buddhism – “The Notion of Suffering” discussion and lunch with Robert Kennedy in St Rita Community Room at 11:15, lunch at 12:15.
  3. Latin Lunch, 1PM in Old Falvey Graduate Student Lounge–join us!

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March 31st – April 6th

Announcements!

  • All eyes ahead to the Spring Retreat “The Joy of Our Faith”
    This weekend, April 4-6, RSVP with $10 to Dan
  • Special grad student lunch with Fr. Meconi! Wednesday April 9th, meet in the theology lounge at 11:45am.

This Week’s Events:

Tuesday, April 1st

April Fools Day joke ideas:

1. Tell Michael Hagan that intramural softball has been cancelled for the rest of the year. And next year.
2. Hide the Keurig from Dr. Spitaler, and blame it on the Theatre department.
3. Tell Ben that he needs to take Comps.
4. Tell Scott that Villanova is going to start fracking on campus.

If not executing plans for the downfall of the department (aka hiding the Keurig from Dr. Spitaler), there is a fine lecture happening at 4:30PM; “Solidarity and Multicultural Citizens” by Vincent D. Rougeau, Dean of Boston College Law School, in Room 203 of the Law School.

Wednesday, April 2nd

Latin Lunch, 1PM in Old Falvey Graduate Student Lounge–join us!

Thursday, April 3rd

Two options led by two of our professors (maybe we can work something out):

Dr. Brunk will continue to lead us in our fourth reading of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy from Vatican II. This week, join us to discuss 102-121 over lunch at 11:45-12:45 in the department.

“Kierkegaard and the Christian Response to Technology” by Dr. Christopher Barnett; 11:30-1:00 in the Fedigan Room – St. Augustine Center 400. Bring your lunch, while beverages and cookies are included.

Friday, April 4th – Sunday April 6th

“The Joy of Our Faith” Spring Retreat in Ocean City, NJ. Check out the flyer - those pigeons are us, coming home.
Spring Retreat 2014 Flyer

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March 24th – 30th

Announcements!

  • If interested in writing a thesis or applying to PhD programs and want more info, see below for details on the Thesis and PhD Forum led by Ben and Dan this Thursday.
  • All are invited to The Apocalypse Team Banquet following the forum. Thanks for the support this season! Come out and have a beer!
  • All eyes ahead to the Spring Retreat “The Joy of Our Faith”
    April 4-6, RSVP with $10 to Dan

This Week’s Events:

Monday, Mar 24th

Comprehensive exams finish this week with the orals. Congratulations! Keep an eye out for a celebratory gathering next week.

Tuesday, Mar 25th

Evangelii Gaudium Discussion, 6:00 – 7:30 pm Speaker’s Corner, Falvey Library “We can learn so much from one another”

Wednesday, Mar 26th

Careers in International Development Day
1:30 – 5 p.m.
 Connelly Center Cinema and Villanova Room

Latin Lunch, 1PM in Old Falvey Graduate Student Lounge–join us!

Thursday, Mar 27th

Dr. Brunk will continue to lead us in our third reading of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy from Vatican II. This week, join us to discuss Nos. 59-101 over lunch at 11:45-12:45 in the department.

4PM, Theology Lounge:  Ben and Dan host a forum on the process of writing a thesis from the student’s perspective. Ben will also share insights about applying to PhD programs. If you’re interested in the “ins and outs” of these exciting (yet demanding) second-year activities, be sure to attend!

Basketball Team Banquet. Come celebrate with the team a good season (even if it ended early…) 5PM in the department lounge.

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March 17th – 23rd

Announcements!

  • Graduate Student Mass on Thursday at 5:30 in Corr Chapel
  • Spring Retreat April 4-6 “The Joy of Our Faith” RSVP with $10 to Dan

This Week’s Events:

Monday, Mar 17th

An Augustinian lecture to squeeze into your Monday: “Converting Muslims in 16th-Century Spain: St. Thomas of Villanova and the Bishops of Valencia” by Dr. Daniel Wasserman, Assistant Professor of History, Alma College; 4:30, Bartley 1011.

Tuesday, Mar 18th

Soul Sessions at 4 PM, Rita 113. We will be having a Lenten reflection based on some of Thomas Merton’s writings on contemplative living. Led by Erica Stewart! My goodness!

Wednesday, Mar 19th

First day of Comprehensive Exams. But for those not taking them, check out this pretty wild sounding talk:

Jesus and Hinduism – “Jesus, Lord Krishna and the Path of Grace” led by Rev. James Redington, S.J., at 11:15 in St. Rita Community Room, followed by lunch.

Latin Lunch, 1PM in Old Falvey Graduate Student Lounge–join us!

Thursday, Mar 20th

Dr. Brunk will continue to lead us in our second reading of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy from Vatican II. This week, join us to discuss Nos. 21-58 over lunch at 11:45-12:45 in the department.

All are welcome for the Graduate Student mass at the 5:30, Corr Chapel liturgy

Friday, Mar 21st

Second day of Comprehensive Exams.

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March 10th -16th

Announcements!

  • Congratulations to Ben and Liz on the birth of their two daughters!
  • The Apocalypse begins the playoffs on Monday at 9PM in Jake Nevin
  • Join us for Stations of the Cross on Wednesday at 7PM in the Church, led by theology graduate students
  • Spring Retreat April 4-6 “The Joy of Our Faith”
  • Check out Cristo Rey Philadelphia’s page for job opportunities

This Week:

Monday, Mar 10th

Adoration following the 5:30 mass in Corr Chapel

Cheer on The Apocalypse at 9PM in Jake Nevin. Playoff time.

Wednesday, Mar 12th

Latin Lunch, 1PM in Old Falvey Graduate Student Lounge–join us!

Please join us for Stations of the Cross at 7PM in the Church; led by your own Graduate Theology Students.

Thursday, Mar 13th

For the next 4 Thursdays Dr. Brunk will be leading us in reading the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy from Vatican II. This week, join us to discuss Nos. 1-20 over lunch at 11:45-12:45 in the department.

“Biblical Texts: The Two Edged Sword” What do we do with biblical texts that are both vital to the life of the church and harmful to another religious tradition? Connelly Center, Radnor Room, 4PM

Friday, Mar 14th

Book Club at Eric D’s, 7PM. We’ll be discussing chapters 4-6. See you there! Contact Michael Hagan with any Q’s

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February 24th – March 2nd

Announcements!

  • Dies Academicus: Dan and Ben present their theses with wine and cheese reception following – this Tuesday at 4, Room 205 Library.
  • Poetry for Prayer:  Love-mischief & more, poems from Hafiz. Going overboard Friday at 1, Theology lounge.

What to Look Forward To:

  • The Center for Church Management and Business Ethics at Villanova is sponsoring a one day conference on the Catholic Parish in the Twenty-first Century (Tuesday March 4th). Registration is free for Villanova graduate students. Check out the website and contact Dr. Jim Gallo at james.gallo@villanova.edu to sign up.
  • The Apocalypse begins the playoffs after break, March 10th, at 9PM.
  • Stations of the Cross on Wednesday March 12th at 7PM in the Church.
  • Spring Retreat April 4-6 “The Joy of Our Faith”

This Week:

Tuesday, Feb 25th

Big Tuesday Line-Up:

  1. Come out to Dies Academicus at 4PM and support Dan and Ben as they discuss their theses. Wine and cheese following. Falvey Library Room 205.
  2. Also in Falvey 205, gather for “The Worship of the Ancient Golden Calf Has Returned” as part of the Evangelii Gaudium lectures.
  3. Then, the night cap, literally, with Theology on Tap’s “The Eucharist, a substantial change” by Dr. Kathryn Getek Soltis at 8PM, Bryn Mawr Beef and Ale. Sounds like something all the students in Dr. Brunk’s class should get extra credit for :)

Wednesday, Feb 26th

Latin Lunch, 1PM in Old Falvey Graduate Student Lounge–join us!

Share and reflect on Images of God at Soul Sessions - 1PM in Campus Ministry Room 113 (note date/time change)

Friday, Feb 28th

Poetry for Prayer, 1PM, Theology lounge: poems from Hafiz

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February 17th – 23rd

Announcements!

  • Graduate Student Mass this Thursday at the 5:30 mass
  • Dies Academicus (trans. The Day of Reckoning) – Dan and Ben present their theses with wine and cheese reception following (Feb 25th at 4PM)
  • Spring Retreat April 4-6 “The Joy of Our Faith”

This Week Day by Day:

Monday, Feb 17th

“How can Jesus be both an ‘Authentic Son of Israel’ and the ‘Universal Savior?’” by renowned scholar of Jewish-Christian Studies (but most importantly from Mat’s alma mater!), Dr. Philip Cunningham, at 4 pm in SAC 300.

Tuesday, Feb 18th

“Where Sports and Spirituality Meet” by Theology professor Ed Hastings for the next installment of Theology On-Tap; and, as always, at 8PM, Bryn Mawr Beef and Ale.

Wednesday, Feb 19th

Jesus In Islam – “What the Qur’an Says About Jesus” talk and discussion at 11:15 in St. Rita Community Room.

Latin Lunch, 1PM in Old Falvey Graduate Student Lounge–join us!

If you are interested in getting a second masters, or if for some godforsaken reason you want to transfer, there is a representative from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California coming to our Theology Department from 3:30-5:00PM to talk with students who might be interested in learning more the school. And if you want for info about the fine state of California, talk to Mary or Sunshine. Michael Hagan will be there to collect another free folder from a school he doesn’t attend.

Thursday, Feb 20th

Graduate Student Mass at 5:30 in Corr

Lecture by Dr. Eric Saak – Feb. 20, 2014 at 4:30 in Bartley 1011.
“Augustine’s Church—Past and Present” What is the Church? What is Augustine’s response? His answer can be found in The City of God and in what he wrote against the Donatists – an answer largely forgotten or even dismissed today. His view is tied to issues that may seem unpalatable (predestination and sin) and controversial (creation). But to listen to his apparent pessimism will lead to an understanding of the present-day relevance of his understanding of Church.

Dr. Robert Wicks, Psychologist and Spiritual Writer, speaking on “Riding The Dragon” Strengthening Your Inner Life in Challenging Times; 7PM St. Thomas of Villanova Church.

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February 10th – 16th

Announcements!

  • Rescheduled: Come “dwell in possibility” … sit with these Emily Dickinson poems awhile, and join the sharing Friday at 1 in the dept lounge.
  • Call for papers for the 10th annual Pappas Patristics Conference.
  • If you are interested in teaching a 4th grade ccd class at Our Mother of Divine Providence for the rest of the year, email Lauren Joyce (graduate ’13) at lauren.joyce@villanova.edu.
  • Save the date: Spring Retreat April 4-6.

This Week Day by Day:

Monday, Feb 10th

In keeping with the rhythms of Mondays past, Erica Stewart misses all classes today.

Tuesday, Feb 11th

Looking for an opportunity to step back on the busyness of school life to relax and reflect? Come to Soul Sessions! This week’s topic will be a reflection on images of God. We will take time to meditate on where we see God’s hand working in our lives and contemplate better communion with Him. Come stop by St Rita’s Hall room 113 at 4PM for meditation, prayer and reflection!

“The Art of Reconciliation: To forgive or not to forgive” by our favorite pastoral ministry teacher, Dr. Joyce Zavarich, for the next installment of Theology On-Tap; and, as always, at 8PM, Bryn Mawr Beef and Ale.

Wednesday, Feb 12th

Latin Lunch, 1PM in Old Falvey Graduate Student Lounge–join us!

Thursday, Feb 13th

  1. Hebrew Bible Study group (Corr Hall Seminar Room at 12:30): “Am I My Mother’s Milk? Exodus, Wet-Nursing, and Midrash”
  2. Psychologist and Spiritual Writer, Robert Wicks, speaking on “Riding The Dragon” Strengthening Your Inner Life in Challenging Times; 7PM in the Church

Come cheer on The Apocalypse, your theology intramural basketball team, at 7PM on the Pavilion side court as they look to cap an undefeated season.

To paraphrase St. Paul, when writing to the people of Corinth, “There are many parts to the team. The fans belong to the team just as much as the players. The players cannot say to the fans, we do not need you! For God made all the parts necessary. If the players are honored, the fans are honored with it.”

Friday, Feb 14th (Mary’s Birthday!)

Poetry for Prayer: sharing these Emily Dickinson poems in dept lounge at 1:00.

Ladies, if don’t have a date yet for Valentine’s Day, there will be several eligible bachelors hanging around the theology department reading poetry if you wish to be wooed.

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February 3rd – 9th

Announcements!

  • Come “dwell in possibility” … sit with these Emily Dickinson poems awhile, and join the sharing Friday at 1 in the dept lounge.
  • Call for papers for the 10th annual Pappas Patristics Conference.
  • If you are interested in teaching a 4th grade ccd class at Our Mother of Divine Providence for the rest of the year, email Lauren Joyce (graduate ’13) at lauren.joyce@villanova.edu.
  • Send good cheer to Michael Hagan, who is in mourning over the end of JanuANY’s $5 footlong subs.
  • Save the date: Spring Retreat April 4-6.

This Week Day by Day:

Monday, Feb 3rd

4 days til The Apocalypse…

Tuesday, Feb 4th

Arabic Drumming Concert from 7 to 8:30PM in the Connelly Center Cinema. You have to check this out! And then head to, but be a little late for…

…Theology On-Tap soon after! This week’s talk is called “Marriage in the Everyday” by Kathy Byrnes; and, as always, at 8PM, Bryn Mawr Beef and Ale.

Wednesday, Feb 5th

Latin Lunch, 1PM in Old Falvey Graduate Student Lounge–join us!

Thursday, Feb 6th

Lecture, “Solidarity and Multiculture Citizens,” by Vincent Rougeau as part of the series on Economic Justice; 4:30PM in Rm 103 Law School

Come cheer on The Apocalypse, your theology intramural basketball team, at 7PM in the Butler Annex as they look to cap an undefeated season.

Friday, Feb 7th

Poetry for Prayer: sharing these Emily Dickinson poems in dept lounge at 1:00.

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