Welcome Back from Break!

Friendly reminder about Recycling in the Department: Please take glass/plastic/tin to the recycle containers located by SAC classroom 210.

Busy Person’s Retreat: Oct. 23-27: Too busy for a weekend away, but wanting to give more attention to your prayer life? This on-campus “retreat” will offer students daily conversations with a spiritual companion intended to support you in your effort to integrate prayer into your daily life. The retreat will begin with a one-hour opening group session on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 23, followed by short (5-10 minute) periods of personal prayer throughout the day, and daily sessions with an appointed companion/director Monday through Thursday. E-mail John Edwards in Campus Ministry to register or ask questions:  For additional information:

RCIA” is shorthand for the way the Catholic Church incorporates new adult members into its community. RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) describes a process of conversion that takes place at weekly gatherings in the Tracey Lounge in St.Rita Hall -6pm to 8pm begining the first Thursday in October. The process includes instruction in what Catholics believe, but more than that it involves a new way of life in Christ. Any student who wishes to be Baptized or receive First Eucharist or Confirmation or received into the Catholic church please contact

In the spirit of the first Christians who provided for the needs of their communities, please join the GTSC in helping to eliminate hunger by donating $10 worth of food toward Villanova’s Hunger and Homelessness Week.  The drive will run from Monday, October 17-Friday, October 28.  Most needed items include pasta (esp. wholegrain), peanut butter/jelly, and canned fruits and veggies (See the flyers in the Theology Department for more details). Donations can be taken to the Theology Department and put in the boxes under the new mailboxes.  Contact Cathy ( or Michelle ( for more information.

This Week!

Monday, October 17th

  • “How to Nail the Interview” workshop, 3:30-4:30pm in Garrey Hall, Room 177. Join the Career Center for some insider-tips on how to prepare for an interview, what to do during the interview, and how to follow up afterwards.
  • “Latin Lunches” 12:30-1:30; Meet with Dr. McGuire and other interested Grad Students to learn/study Ecclesiastical Latin at noon in the Conference Room.

Tuesday, October 18th

Wednesday, October 19th

Thursday, October 20th

  • Augustinian Institute Lecture: John C. Cavadini, University of Notre Dame, “The Mystery of Creation in the Teaching of St. Augustine: Beyond Myth, Beyond Philosophy, Beyond Science” 7pm, Driscoll Hall– Stephen Hawking’s recent book, The Grand Design, argues that science has rendered both philosophical and theological accounts of the origin and nature of the universe irrelevant. In contrast with modern scientific theories, theological accounts have come to seem like myths, and philosophical accounts as so many outdated scientific theories. But is this true? And, is it possible that a theologian from an ancient time and place could shed light on such claims? How can we distinguish “myth” from science, science from philosophy, and the doctrine of creation from all three? Can we turn to the theology of St. Augustine to find ways of thinking about these questions that are still useful for us even now? Perhaps he, in turn, will have some questions for us, too. For more information, please contact
  • 4pm: Rosary in Corr Hall


  • Graduate Student Council Event: The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program would like to invite you all (and your friends!) to our happy hour Thursday Oct. 20th at Gullifty’s.  We’ll all be there at 7:30!  It’s usually quizzo, so we can participate in that if we want!!  It’ll be a great time and a great way to meet other graduate students. If you have any questions about this event, feel free to e-mail Himali Gandhi — RSVPs are welcome, but not necessary!

Friday, October 21st

  • Noon-1:15pm, lecture Truth in Jest: the Place of Laughter in Spirituality, by Dr. Anita Houck, Devon Room- Connelly Center!
  • 2:00pm Friday, October 21 – 2:30pm Saturday, October 22: Thomistic Circles Conference: Christian Marriage, Nature and Sacrament at Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC.  See website for more information. Space still available, RSVP to for more information.
  • 9:00am Friday, October 21 – 11:00am Sunday, October 23: Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Conference (PMR), hosted by Villanova’s Augustinian Institute at the Villanova Conference center (not on campus!). Alumnus Erik van Versendaal will chair a room and present a paper, “‘From Him and Through Himand To Him’: the Incarnate Word as Exemplar and Consummation of Cosmos and History in St. Thomas Aquinas;” alumnus Carl A. Vater will chair a room and present a paper, “St. Bonaventure of Faith and the Eucharist in John 6;” current student Michael Fatigati will also chair a room and present a paper, “The Inconsistency of Henry of Ghent’s Analogical Reasoning in the Doctrine of the Trinity.” See website for more details.

Saturday, October 22nd

  • Thomistic Circles Conference until 2:30pm
  • PMR Conference 8:30am-7:00pm *must RSVP to be included in meals*
  • Graduate Student Council Football Tailgate! from 1-3:30 in Pike Parking Lot prior to the game versus Old Dominion. There will be free food and a raffle for t-shirts, and the event is BYOB (bring your ID!). This event is co-sponsored by the Graduate Engineers Student Council. If you have any questions about this event, contact Gerry Celeste at

Sunday, October 23rd

  • PMR Conference: 10am, “Sunday Roundtable Discussion”
  • Sunday, October 23rd: Interdiciplinary Graduate Student Fellowship 10:30am Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, followed by a trip to Center City for lunch.  If you have not yet visited the Reading Terminal Market, now is the time! Bring cash for the Regional Rail Train and lunch.  Please RSVP to Dan Guertin: or Michelle Sherman by October 21st.
  • Busy Person’s Retreat Begins! Oct. 23-27– See above information in the “Announcements” section.

Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming Events!

  • Monday, October 24th: Gaining Admission to Highly Competitive Graduate Programs, 6:30pm in Bartley 1011. Lecture/workshop hosted by Donald Asher which will share “a detailed plan of attack that takes all of the mystery and most of the stress out of applying to even the most competitive programs.”
  • Saturday, November 19th: Augustinian Heritage Retreat. Contact to register.
  • Are you ready for Christmas? Get in the mood with our Greek Bible Study of the Infancy Narratives / Johannine Hymn, led by Charlie Johnson. Dates and times TBA. Interested? Contact

Events In the Area

Hands of Truth: Catholic Dinner & Dance

Mission:  Hands of Truth is a Catholic community building nonprofit ministry, dedicated to building welcoming love-centered communities within Catholic parishes. With gentle encouragement, we work to gather all parishioners around the fireside of the Holy Eucharist. We seek to develop parishes by offering individual growth emotionally, spiritually, socially, and intellectually, according to the will of God.

Dinner/ Dance: The purpose of the event is to gather Catholics from around the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to provide them with a night of entertainment, in a Catholic friendly environment, where they will share a meal, listen to a Catholic speaker, meet other Catholic people and enjoy music and dancing!The Dinner/Dance is under of Hands of Unity wing, which serves as a Catholic alternative to secular entertainment. It will be at Finnigan’s Wake (3rd and Spring Garden Sts.) – in the Franklin Room, on Saturday, November 12, 2011, from 5pm-11pm. We are aiming to have close to 250 people at this event! Attire is Dress Casual and the price for the evening is $35. There will be great food, excellent music & dancing, raffle prizes and our special guest speaker for the night is Father Paul Dressler O.F.M. Cap. 
Matt von Siegel
Director of Operations
Hands of Truth
(610) 726-4902