Fourth 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!

4/4 (Monday)

  • Children of a Better God: Technology and the Next Humanity The Theology Institute’s Annual Conference. Please see HERE for more information.


9:00 Registration opens
10:00 In Whose Image and Likeness? Posthuman Creators and Creatures

Brent Waters (download abstract)

10:50 Coffee Break

Against the Seductions of Trans-humanism: ResponsibilITy for the Human Future

William Schweiker (download abstract)
11:50 Lunch
1:00 Engineering the Body/Engineering the Self
Mary Devereaux (download abstract)


Coffee Break
2:30 Rewiring Virtue: The Practice of the Christian Life at the Dawn of a New Era
James Caccamo (download abstract)
3:30 Coffee Break
4:00 Scientific Exploration and Technological Innovation: At Home in a Christian Context? Robert Beck, Noelle Comolli, Bill Lorenz
(download abstract
5:30 Dinner, on your own
7:30 Children of a Fertile Universe: Chance, Destiny, and a Creator God
Fr. George V. Coyne SJ (download abstract)
Driscoll Auditorium
  • 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:

4/5 (Tuesday)

  • Palestinian & Israeli Bereaved Families: A Powerful Force for Peace. Ali Abu Awwad & Yuval. 4-5:15 pm in Bartley 1010. Ali Abu Awwad is a Palestinian activist for peace through nonviolence. His own story is one of great loss: shot in the leg by an Israeli settler, he returned from a lengthy treatment to find that his brother Yusef had been killed by an Israeli soldier. Determined to end such shocking losses, he has teamed up with a group of 500 Israeli and Palestinian families who have lost close family members and who work together for reconciliation and a just resolution to the conflict. View Video here:
  • 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

4/6 (Wednesday)

  • Wondrous Encounters: Scripture for Lent Reflection Group; 2-3pm, Room 103: Center for Peace & Justice Education Classroom, 1st Floor of Corr Hall
  • “Ten Reasons for Doing Virtue Ethics Today” will be presented by Father James Keenan, SJ on Wednedsay, April 6 at 4 p.m. in Driscoll Hall Auditorium. Father Keenan holds the Founders Professorship in Theology at Boston College. His lecture is part of the Intersection of Virtue and Ethics lecture series dedicated to reflection on the many facets of the Catholic intellectual tradition.
    The series is sponsored by the Office for Mission & Ministry in collaboration with the departments of Theology & Religious Studies, Philosophy, Center for Peace and Justice Education, Villanova Center for Liberal Education and the Ethics and Honors programs.
  • Stations of the Cross Throughout Lent, Stations of the Cross will be celebrated everyWednesday at 7:30 PMSt. Thomas of Villanova Church

4/7 (Thursday)

  • Bible Study: Facilitated by Dr. Paul Danove and Kathy Overture. 1pm in SAC 310.
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton Conference: April 7, 1:00-7:30 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.”
  • Sustainable Villanova: Beginning today, Villanova’s Center for Peace and Jusitce will host a celebration of Earth Day in the month of April, including a “habit of sustainablity” contest in which you collect points and win prizes. Find out more at

4/8 (Friday)

  • 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 Ave Villanova, PA 19085

4/9-10 (Saturday-Sunday)

  • “Come to the Seashore: A Lenten Retreat”: April 9-10th. Participants meet at 8:00am by the St. Augustine Statue in front of SAC (if it is raining, meet in the Theology Department). Breakfast will be provided.


  • Tuesday, April 12, between 10-11:15 a.m. (Room TBD) CRS Ambassador Tony Hall has agreed to speak at Villanova. Since March 28, Hall has been on a fast to focus public attention on the devastating effects Congress’ proposed disproportionate cuts to vital domestic and international anti-poverty and hunger programs in the name of deficit reduction will have on the poor and marginalized. Hall is executive director of the Alliance to End Hunger, former Ambassador to the U.N. Agencies for Food and Agriculture, and was three times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He served in the House of Representatives for 24 years, and in 1993 fasted for 22 days to protest the elimination of  the House Select Committee on Hunger, which he chaired. Hall is being joined in this fast by Jim Wallis (president and CEO of Sojourners), David Beckmann (president of Bread for the World),and  Ritu Sharma (president of Women Thrive Worldwide).  The fast is supported by a large coalition of Christian, Muslim, Jewish and other advocacy organizations (including NETWORK, Results, World Vision, Mazon, LCWR, Islamic Relief, Lutheran World Service, Center of Concern and others.)
  • World Youth Day: Madrid, Spain 2011: graduate student Sr. Uyen-Chi Dang, ACJ will be attending World Youth Day this summer and has extended the invitation to travel with the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart. Please check your email (if you are on the GTSC mailing list) or email her directly at for brochure and questions.