Third Week of Lent 2011:

  • Remember that the Office of Mission & Ministry Daily Reflections for Lent 2011 can be found HERE! You can also pick up your own paper copy in the Office of Mission & Ministry on the first floor of Corr Hall.
  • Lenten Liturgy & Reconciliation Schedule can be found HERE!

3/28 (Monday)

  • Wondrous Encounters: Scripture for Lent Reflection Group— 2-3pm: Room 103 (Center for Peace and Justice Education Classroom), First floor of Corr Hall.  See description in previous entries. For questions:
  • “Can Theology Make Sense of Evolution?” Dr. John F. Haught. 4:30pm Driscoll Auditorium. Sponsored by the Augustinian Institute.

3/29 (Tuesday)

  • Community of Sant’Egidio Prayer Service, 7pm Corr Chapel: The Community of Sant’Egidio is a movement of lay people dedicated to living out the Gospel through prayer, solidarity with the poor, and service to peace.  It was born among high school students in Rome in 1968 and is present today in over 70 countries.  For more information about the Community and its prayer, see
  • Rosary: 4pm in Corr Chapel

3/30 (Wednesday)

  • Wondrous Encounters: Scripture for Lent Reflection Group; 2-3pm, Room 103: Center for Peace & Justice Education Classroom, 1st Floor of Corr Hall
  • “Woman Among Warlords” Lecture 4pm-6pm Bartley Hall, Room 1011 (Ampitheatre) Malalai Joya, former Female Member of the Afghan Parliament, founded an illegal school for girls when she was only 16 and has since founded more schools, health clinics, and an orphanage. She was elected to the national parliament at the age of 25, but was driven out by warlords—even facing 4 assassination attempts. She calls for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. BBC has called her “the bravest woman in Afghanistan.” Sponsored by the Center for Peace and Justice Education.
  • Historians of Jews and the Holocaust: A Discussion with David Engle and Samuel Kassow 5pm, University of Pennsylvania, Houstan Hall: Hall of Flags, 3417 Spruce Street. The discussion is part of the 25th annual Joseph Alexander Colloquium, sponsored by Penn’s Jewish Studies and Germanic Languages & Literature programs. Kassow and Engles, both distinguished scholars of Jewish history and the Holocaust, will discuss how the Holocaust has (or has not) been incorporated into the writing and teaching of Jewish history. Professor Thomas Childers, a leading historian of modern Germany, will offer a response to their dialogue.
  • Stations of the Cross  Throughout Lent, Stations of the Cross will be celebrated everyWednesday at 7:30 PMSt. Thomas of Villanova Church

3/31 (Thursday)

  • DEADLINE to register for Retreat: “Come to the Seashore: A Lenten Retreat”- April 9-10 (See “Upcoming Events” below for more details!)


The dies academicus is a graduate program event in the spring semester; it provides an academic platform for presenting faculty and student research. All THL faculty and students are invited to participate.

This spring, the dies is organized as an afternoon colloquium with Dr. Judith Hadley on one of her current research projects and a thesis presentation by our graduate student, Erik Van Versendaal. The dies will also feature two keynote addresses by guests from the universities of Oregon (Dr. Judith R. Baskin) and Notre Dame (Dr. Kristin Shrader-Frechette); these events are (co)sponsored by the Villanova Theology Institute and our Department of Theology and Religious Studies. There will also be a reception celebrating the academic achievements of students and faculty.



Colloquium 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm; SAC 400: Dr. Judith M. Hadley, Villanova University, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible and Archaeology


Coffee Break 1:10 pm – 1:30 pm; SAC 203


Presentation 1:40 pm – 2:20 pm; Driscoll 132: Eric Van Versendaal, Villanova University, Candidate for the M.A. in Theology:  “No One Has Ever Seen God…” (Jn 1:17): God’s Self-Revelation in Jesus Christ and the Perception of Faith, A Study in the Theology of Jean-Luc Marion

Keynote Address 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm; Driscoll 132: Dr. Kristin Shrader-Frechette, University of Notre Dame, O’Neill Family Professor of Philosophy and concurrent Professor of Biological Sciences “Serving the Crucified People: Using Science, Ethics, and Theology to Fight Environmental Injustice” An epidemic of disease and death, caused by environmental pollutants, is threatening us all — but especially children, poor people, and minorities. Dr. Schrader-Frechette draws on science, Catholic social teaching, and basic philosophical concepts of justice, to show that most of us have justice-based duties to help stop environmental injustice.


Reception 4:10 pm; SAC 203

Celebrating the Academic Achievements of Students and Faculty


Keynote Address 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm; Driscoll 132: Dr. Judith R. Baskin, University of Oregon, Knight Professor of Humanities and Director of the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at the University of Oregon, “Perplexities of Purim: Jewish Traditions about the book of Ester.

  • Mercy without Measure: The Witness of John Paul II. “ Sister John Sheila Galligan, IHM will delve into John Paul II’s preaching, teaching, writing and personal witness to mercy. Library 1-2pm.
  • Rosary: 3pm in Corr Chapel

3/25 (Friday)

  • Hebrew Bible Study: “Tests of Faith and Ethical Dilemmas” Series. 12:30-2pm Corr Hall Seminar Room 103. “Yael: A Woman Warrior.” Judges, Chapter 4:17-23 and Chapter 5:24-27. Discussion led by Dr. Donna Shai.
  • Simple Soup Friday! 12-1:30pm, Center for Peace & Justice Education, Corr Hall — ALL proceeds will go towards aid for the people of Japan. Please consider joining CPJE for Simple Soup Fridays. If you can’t attend the lunches but would like to pitch in a donation, you can send a check to:
    Center for Peace and Justice Education
    Villanova University
    Corr Hall, 1st Floor 
    800 Lancaster AveVillanova, PA 19085 

Upcoming Events:

  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton Conference: April 7, in the Connelly Center. Our very own second year student, Laura Fiscus, will be presenting a paper titled, “Ordain Women or Stop Dressing Like Them.”
  • “Come to the Seashore: A Lenten Retreat”: April 9-10th. Registration Deadline: March 31st! 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. It will be held at St. Rita’s Cottage, the Augustinian Retreat House in Ocean City, NJ. 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!

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