Fifth 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!

Retreat Weekend Recap!

Thank You to all who participated the 2011 Spring Retreat, “Come to the Seashore: A Lenten Pilgrimage” held at St. Rita’s Cottage in Ocean City, NJ this past weekend. The retreat centered around the themes of the spiritual and physical aspects of pilgrimage, fasting and feasting during our Lenten journey, and community. Participants had time to grow together in small groups, lead reflections for the entire group, come together for Liturgy, relax along the beach, view the sunrise, spend time in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and cook and eat together.  Special thanks to Fr. Joseph Loya, OSA, Dr. Peter Spitaler, and Margaret Mell, who offered their time and presence as well as the GTSC retreat leaders Kristyn Russell (Spirituality), John Labuda (Spirituality), and Michelle Sherman (Office of Mission and Ministry). Photo courtesy of Kristyn Russell.

2011 Spring Retreat Participants

4/11 (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:


4/12 (Tuesday)

  • Ambassador Tony Hall. 10-11:15 a.m. (Room Bartley 1011) 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.) For more information:
  • 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


4/13 (Wednesday)

  • Wondrous Encounters: Scripture for Lent Reflection Group; 2-3pm, Room 103: Center for Peace & Justice Education Classroom, 1st Floor of Corr Hall
  • Stations of the Cross  Throughout Lent, Stations of the Cross will be celebrated everyWednesday at 7:30 PMSt. Thomas of Villanova Church


4/14 (Thursday)  

  • Bible Study: Facilitated by Dr. Paul Danove and Kathy Overture. 1pm in SAC 310.
  • Rosary: 3pm in Corr Chapel


4/15 (Friday) – EARTH DAY

  • Congratulations to first-year graduate student, C. Andrew Thompson-Briggs, who will be presenting his paper, “Lovely Ideas”: Hans Urs von Balthasar, Blaise Pascal, and the Primacy of External Beauty in Conversion,” at The Beauty of Religion Graduate Symposium at the University of Toronto today.


  • Celebration of Sustainability, Lower Level, Connelly Center (indoors)  11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Eco-vendors, environmental organizations, information about campus environmental initiatives and Green Jobs, solar power demonstrations, raffles of Villanova basketball and football tickets, Dining Services samples, and other displays will take place in the bottom floor of Connelly Center. In addition, students in Introduction to Environmental Science (GEV 1051) will display the results of their semester-long research on Villanova’s campus environment. Farmer’s Market, Lower Level, Connelly Center (outdoors) Dining Services has arranged for local vendors, including area farmers, to offer locally grown and produced products. Cash only. There will also be a Chef on site preparing free samples!


  • 2:00 p.m. Earth Day Lecture, Dougherty West Lounge: Dr. Mark Wallace, Professor of Religion, Swarthmore College: “Earth-based Spirituality: Why Religion is Vital for Saving the Planet.” For information about Dr. Wallace see
  • 12:00-4 p.m. Student Earth Day Festival, Sheehan Beach, Students will gather throughout the day on Sheehan Beach to enjoy food, student performances, eco vendors and spending time outside as a Villanova community. For more information, email Villanova Environmental Group (VEG)


  • 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



  • Sustainable Villanova: 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



  • 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 email her directly at for brochure and questions.
  • End-Of-Year Ecumenical Prayer Service & Reception: Monday, May 2nd at 4:15pm in Corr Chapel. Reception to follow in Corr Hall Lobby.