3/8 (Tuesday) Lecture by Dr. Mohamed Hawary, “Hebrew and Jewish Studies at Egyptian Universities: Overview and Analysis”

3/9 Ash Wednesday!

St. Thomas of Villanova Church

Ashes distributed during all services:
12:05 pm Mass
3:00pm Word Service
5:20pm Mass
8:00pm Mass

Office of Mission & Ministry Daily Reflections for Lent 2011 can be found HERE!

Wondrous Encounters: Scripture for Lent Reflection Group

2-3pm, Mondays and Wednesdays
March 9th – April 20th, 2011
Room 103: Center for Peace & Justice Education Classroom
1st Floor of Corr Hall

Richard Rohr, one of today’s most prophetic voices, invites us to self-disclosure and to enter the wondrous divine dialogue with clarity, insight—and holy desire. These daily meditations for Lent are his gift to us for our transformation into our original “image and likeness,” which is the very image of God. Come reflect and share using this book of reflections as our guide!

For more info on the book: http://www.wondrousencountersbook.com
For questions: Barbara.Sherman@villanova.edu

3/10 (Thursday) The Gospel According to U2: The Catholic Imagination in the Arts Lecture

7:30pm – Villanova Room, Connelly Center

In his book The Gospel According to U2, Greg Garrett, author and English professor at Baylor University, plumbs the U2 catalogue to reveal the group’s theological worldview. He adeptly illustrates that the group has been one of the most consistent and outspoken on issues of social justice and that U2’s message encourages listeners to put faith into action for the sake of the poor and marginalized. Professor Garrett is clearly a music fan, and his excitement about U2 is contagious.

He holds a Ph.D. in English from Oklahoma State University, a Master of Divinity at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest and teaches courses in narrative writing, scriptwriting, American literature, and film at Baylor. His lecture is part of the series Catholic Imagination in the Arts, which is designed to demonstrate how religious faith informs and inspires the work of artists, writers, poets, playwrights, musicians, film makers and culture in the broadest sense. While not the exclusive focus of the series, the contributions of Catholics and the influence of Catholicism on the arts are emphasized.

3/11 (Friday) Simple Soup Fridays! 12-1:30pm, Center for Peace & Justice Education, Corr Hall

Upcoming Events:

  • Busy Person’s Retreat: March 20-24. Too busy for a weekend away? This on-campus Retreat will have daily sessions to help you grow in your spiritual life. Sunday opening session and Thursday closing sessions, meet daily in between with individual directors as your schedule allows. Please Contact Linda Jaczynski (linda.jaczynski@villanova.edu) to signup!

  • “Come to the Seashore: A Lenten Retreat” April 9-10th.
  • Faith and Academics Discussion: March 22 and 24 from 6-8pm.  Come and discuss with you peers how you faith and academic lives have influenced each other.  This has been specifically scheduled in order to allow students who are in the late class to come to the first hour and students who are in the early class to come to second hour.

Looking for an overnight retreat with your fellow Theology graduate students? Included will be time for unitive community building, peaceful solitude, and a greater awareness of the spirit in our Lenten journeys. We will also share in reflections from Fr. Joseph Loya, Dr. Peter Spitaler, and our very own peers. Since it is during the Lenten season, we will be also centering around the themes of prayer, almsgiving, and fasting. Other highlights: Liturgy, Scavenger Hunt, Delicious Meals Prepared in Community, and Sunrise Viewing on the Beach!
When: Saturday and Sunday, April 9-10th, 2011: Meet at Villanova at 8:00am on Saturday
Where: “On the Seashore” – St. Rita’s Cottage, Augustinian Retreat House in Ocean City, NJ

Signups: Please signup with Karen Cunningham in the Theology Department and enclose a $10 deposit to reserve your space.