Announcements

Get involved with the GTSC!  Be a volunteer or a co-chairperson- we need you and your ideas!  Email Lauren Joyce- ljoyce@villanova.edu for details.

St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service. This year, the Theology Department group will include students, faculty, and staff in a departmental collaboration. To register, please go to the Day of Service Registration Page and be sure to select “Theology Graduate Students/Faculty/Staff” as the group in the drop-down menu for DOS Group.

Sign-up for the September 17th Day of Reflection by Monday, September 12th. See information below in the “Mark Your Calendars!” section.

A Schola is forming to sing for an ecumenical Vespers to close the Advent Day of Reflection on Saturday, December 3. An introductory meeting will be held before fall break, and practices will begin after the break.  Practice times will be based on the schedules of the participants. The group will work on simple chants and a polyphonic setting of the Magnificat. An ability to read music would be helpful, but is not necessary. Please contact Dr. McGuire at elizabeth-jane.mcguire@villanova.edu by September 20 to indicate your interest.

Fall film series, “Through a Glass, Darkly: Film as Theology” announced. Selected Thursdays at 7. Begins Sept. 15th with Alfred Hitchcock’s 1953 thriller I Confess.

Portio Creaturae Tuae: Villanova Graduate Theology Research Conference will be held Thurday, September 29 from 3:00-4:30. Our presenters this semester are Patrick O’Kernick, presenting “Matter is Metaphor is Spirit: A Provocative Study of Matter from Medieval Angelology to Contemporary Poetics” and Kenneth Fleischer, presenting “The Beatitudes of the Apocalypse of John.” Join us to learn more about your fellow students’ research and, of course, for a wine and cheese reception after.

The GTSC is now on Twitter!  Follow us @VillanovaGTSC

The first Monthly Mass with the Theology Graduate Students will be held on October 4th at 5:20pm in Corr Chapel.  Contact Lauren Joyce to serve as a liturgical minister for these Masses: ljoyce@villanova.edu.

The Catholic Research Resources Portal, or “Catholic Portal,” provides access to rare, unique and/or uncommon materials in libraries, seminaries, special collections and archives. By electronically bringing together resources in many formats from many collections, the Portal enables easy, effective and global discovery of Catholic research resources.  The library is looking for a few more theology graduate student volunteers who would be willing to participate in the software testing in late September. Please contact Darren Poley in the library if interested (mobile phone # 610-772-3718; email preferred darren.poley@villanova.edu).

This Week!

Monday, September 12th

  • Reserve your space for the Day of Reflection this Saturday, September 17th! (See details below.)

Tuesday, September 13th

  • Fall Semester Graduation: last day to apply! Get your applications in to Dr. Spitaler if you hope to graduate at the end of this semester.
  • World Religions Day celebrates diverse religions on campus through activities intended to educate the University community about religious traditions and faith opportunities. This year’s events include a fair at the Connelly Atrium from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; “What Israelis and Palestinians are Saying” at Falvey Library from 3 to 4 p.m.; a forum in Connelly Cinema from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.; and a screening of Pray the Devil Back to Hell, with discussion to follow, in Bartley 1011 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The documentary features Leymah Gbowee, who will receive Villanova’s Peace Award Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Driscoll Auditorium.
  •  Students are invited to stop by the Library’s Open House event on Tues. & Wed., Sept. 13 & 14, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm to grab some cookies, pens and other free stuff. There will be USB thumb drive give-aways each day to the first 100 students! Visit the petting zoo and play with the iPad, Kindle and Nook! Enter your name in the drawing to win one! (Must be a registered VU student.)

Wednesday, September 14th

  • LAST DAY to register for the St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service. This year, the Theology Department group will include students, faculty, and staff in a departmental collaboration. To register, please go to the Day of Service Registration Page and be sure to select “Theology Graduate Students/Faculty/Staff” as the group in the drop-down menu for DOS Group.

Thursday, September 15th

  • Small Group on Decision Making: Campus Ministry is starting a six session small group on “Decision Making” that will meet once a week for an hour over six weeks. We begin on Thursday September 15th from 4:30-5:30 pm in St. Rita’s hall lower level. This group is based on Nancy Bieber’s book called “Decision Making and Spiritual Discernment”.  Please Contact Linda at 610.519.6699 or linda.jaczynski@villanova.edu if interested.
  • Adela Dwyer-St. Thomas of Villanova 2011 Peace Award Join us at 7:30 in Driscoll auditorium room 132 as we present Leymah Gbowee with the 2011 Adela Dwyer-St.Thomas of Villanova Peace Award. Ms. Gbowee organized Christian and Muslim women of Liberia to carry out peaceful protests which ultimately helped to bring about the end of the Liberian Civil War. If you have questions, please contact: sharon.discher@villanova.edu

Friday, September 16th

  • Hebrew Bible Study, 103 Corr Hall. 12:30-2pm. Presenter: Dr. Ruth Anolik, “Is Diversity a Curse?: The Story of Babel.” For more information, contact ruth.anolik@villanova.edu.

Saturday, September 17th

  • Theological Day of Reflection. Join us for a day of learning more about each other, our journeys to Villanova, and the ways in which worship is expressed/offered. Attend a lecture on the new translation of the Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Parish in Rosemont, and share in community and fellowship around meals. Day will begin at Villanova at 9am sharp, meet outside SAC. Please bring $ for lunch. Day will conclude with optional 5pm Mass.

Sunday, September 18th

  • Sunday Supper Potluck at Andrew’s place: 36 S. Cricket Terrace, Ardmore, PA. RSVP by Friday, September 16th.

Ongoing Opportunities and Resources from the Center for Spirituality and Discernment!

For all the following opportunities, please Contact Linda at 610.519.6699 or linda.jaczynski@villanova.edu.

1. Spiritual Direction: An open invitation to Villanova students interested in Spiritual Direction, a meeting with a trained professional for one hour once a month:

  • to take time to look at your life
  • to notice how God “speaks” to you through the events and people of your life
  • to be aware of how you want to respond

No expertise required…just a searching heart and a desire to get to know God better.

2. Small Group on Decision Making: We are starting a six session small group on “Decision Making” that will meet once a week for an hour over six weeks. We begin on Thursday September 15th from 4:30-5:30 pm in St. Rita’s hall lower level. This group is based on Nancy Bieber’s book called “Decision Making and Spiritual Discernment”.

3. Quiet Retreat: There will be a Quiet Retreat at Maris Stella Retreat House in Harvey Cedars NJ on September 16-18 weekend. This weekend will provide a quiet space on the beach for reflection on your life and relationships.

Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming Events!

  • Thursday, September 22nd: tentative date for Portio Creaturae Tuae Conference
  • Thursday, September 22nd: St. Thomas of Villanova Lecture, Wangari Maathai, Ph.D. “Sustainable Development, Democracy and Peace.” 7pm, Villanova Room, followed by a wine & cheese reception. Each year the St. Thomas of Villanova Celebration begins with an academic symposium or lecture examining an important issue in today’s society. In keeping with the purpose of celebrating the legacy of St. Thomas of Villanova, Catholic Social Teaching is a featured perspective. The 2011 lecture will feature as our distinguished guest, Wangari Maathai, Ph.D., 2004 Nobel Peace Laureate, Founder of The Green Belt Movement, and Visiting Fellow at Yale University’s Global Institute for
    Sustainable Forestry.
  • Friday, September 23rd: Community Collection Day. The University will gather items that are needed by local community agencies. The collection will take place throughout the day in the Villanova Room of the Connelly Center. A list of items needed has been posted.
  • Saturday, September 24th: St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service, followed by a Spirited Celebration.
  • Wednesday, September 28th: Live Simulcast of Gounod’s “Faust”, Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA ($10)
  • Tuesday, October 4th: Graduate Student Monthly Mass– 5:20 Corr Chapel
  • Friday-Saturday, October 21-22: Thomistic Circles Conference: Christian Marriage: Nature and Sacrament at Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC. Provide your own transportation.
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