Thanks to everyone who participated in the Dominican House of Studies Thomistic Circles Conference and to those who participated in the Augustinian Institute’s PMR Conference!

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

Please don’t forget to bring in your $10 worth of food that will benefit Villanova’s Hunger and Homelessness Week.  The GTSC drive ends this Friday, October 28. So far the response has been good, but with one in six Americans fighting hunger, we can make it better. 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 23rd

  • “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.
  • 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.”

Tuesday, October 25th

  • “The Arab Spring” Symposium with Mark Schnellbaecher, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Middle East Regional Director, ; 2:30-4:00pm, Villanova Room- Connelly Center. The political events and popular aspirations unfolding in the Arab world and what has given rise to them are complex and require careful analysis and a careful response. He has agreed to share his experiences and also offer a perspective on what might be an appropriate role for U.S Non-governmental organizations. Villanova University history professors Hibba Abugideiri and Maghan Keita, and political science professor, Catherine Warrick, will draw on their expertise in Middle Eastern and North African history, politics, economics, traditions and social contexts to raise considerations and questions that are critical to analyzing the emerging reality and responding appropriately. For more information:
  • 6:16-7:45: Catholic Imagination in the Arts Series:  ‘Great in Fame and Glory’: Painting the Life of Augustine at San Gimignano in the Renaissance.
    Diane Cole Ahl, Lafayette College in Driscoll Hall Auditorium. Diane Cole Ahl is the Rothkopf Professor of Art History at Lafayette College, PA. She holds a PhD from University of Virginia and BA from Sarah Lawrence College, and has received 13 grants and awards for teaching and scholarship. She is the author of Benozzo Gozzoli (2010), Fra Angelico (2008) editor of The Cambridge Companion to Masaccio (2002).
  • Sant’Egidio Prayer Service. 6pm in Corr Chapel. All are welcome! For more information, please see The Community of Sant’Egidio website and contact Kathryn Getek Soltis, Director of the Center for Peace and Justice Education:

Wednesday, October 26th

Thursday, October 27th

  • 4pm: Silent Prayer in Corr Hall

Friday, October 28th 

  • Faith Fire and Fellowship  at Matt Riddle’s House in Ambler- email for directions.
  • Blessed John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body”: The Profound Insights of a Holy Man, 7:30 p.m at the International Institute for Culture
    6331 Lancaster Ave. Popular speaker and author Dr. Janet Smith will be at Ivy Hall on Friday evening, October 28, speaking on “Blessed John Paul II’s ‘Theology of the Body’: The Profound Insights of a Holy Man”. The Pope developed an approach to understanding human personhood and human sexuality known as the Theology of the Body which he drew with startling originality from Holy Scripture and the Holy Tradition of the Catholic Church. This philosophical and theological approach celebrates our having been created in the Image of God, that is, precisely as male and female naturally drawn to one another and ordered to marriage and family. Dr. Smith will present the reasonableness and beauty of the Church’s teaching on human sexuality and the inescapably communal nature of our personhood. She has a new book Right to Privacy, published by Ignatius Press and The National Catholic Bioethics Center. $20 suggested contribution. Reception to follow.  For more information:

Saturday, October 29th

Sunday, October 30th

Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming Events!

  • GTSC Monthly MassTuesday November 8th at 5:20 in Corr Chapel.  Mass has been pushed back from November 1 given the Feast of All Saints’ Day on 11/1.  (This is an update from the formerly published date of Nov 1.)
  • Penn for Life will be hosting Archbishop Chaput on Monday, November 7 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at Houston Hall on Penn’s Campus. The Archbishop will speak about the Catholic Church’s position on abortion, and why being pro-life is an important part of being a Catholic. Contact Rachel at for more information.
  • Monday, November 7th: All-Day public reading of The Confessions in Falvey Library’s 24-Hour Lounge. Drop by to listen and for refreshments!
  • Wednesday, November 9th: last day to withdraw from classes.
  • Thursday, November 10th: Learn how to pray the Augustinian Corona with Fr. Joe Farrell: Meet at 4pm outside Saint Mary’s Chapel. For more information on the Corona, CLICK HERE!
  • Saturday, November 19th: Augustinian Heritage Retreat. Contact to register.
  • Saturday, November 19th: Fall written comprehensive examination.
  • Are you ready for Christmas? Get in the mood with our Bible Study of the Infancy Narratives / Johannine Hymn, led by Charlie Johnson. Dates and times TBA. Interested? Contact
  • Annual First Year, First Semester Roundtable Discussion, last week of the semester, time TBA
  • Wednesday, December 14th: Advent Armchair Theology join the GTSC from noon to 6:00pm in the Department for eggnog, gingerbread, and conversation on the first day of finals. Drop by when you have the time or as a break from writing those final papers!

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