Thanks to everyone who donated to the Food Drive!

GTSC Monthly Mass will be held on November 8th at 5:20 in Corr Chapel due to the celebration of All Saints Day on our customary first Tuesday of the month.  Contact to be involved in the liturgy.

November is Augustinian Heritage Month! For more information on events, see the onlin PDF: CLICK HERE!

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

This Week!

Monday, October 31st – Happy Halloween!

  •  “The Material Turn in Christian Anthropology,” Fr. Michael Scanlon, O.S.A. 1:00-2:30pm, First Floor Lounge, Falvey Memorial Library. Please join us as the Rev. Michael J. Scanlon, OSA, STD, ’60 A&S, professor of theology and religious studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, holder of the Josephine C. Connelly Endowed Chair in Christian Theology, presents a lecture titled “The Material Turn in Christian Anthropology” in Falvey Memorial Library’s first floor lounge on Monday, October 31st at 1:00 pm. In recent years there have been several “turns” in theology: “the modern turn to the subject,” “the socio-political turn” (liberation theology), “the linguistic turn,” and now “the material turn”… in Christian Anthropology.
  • “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, November 1st

  • Holy Day Mass Times: 12:05pm, 5:20pm, 7:00pm
    All Masses Will Be Held in the St. Thomas of Villanova Church
    *The 7:00pm Mass will include a special remembrance celebration for all deceased loved ones*
  • 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:
  • PULSE: People Uplifting Lives through Scripture Everyday  6-7pm Pulse will meet in the Devon Room, Connelly Center.  This week will be the third official meeting, continuing to delve into scripture and Christian writings. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Arielle Benjamin and Denise Diadyk at

Wednesday, November 2nd

Thursday,November 3rd

  • “Augustine, Friends, and Family or Best Friends Forever?” 4-5:30pm in St. Thomas of Villanova Church Dr. Maureen Tilley, The Thomas F. Martin Saint Augustine Fellow, In his Confessions Saint Augustine claimed that as a young man he was in love with love and with loving. While most commentators focus on his passion for sex, his passions extended to friendship too. Like many of us he cultivated all sorts of relationships: friends, acquaintances, lovers and family.  When Augustine became a Christian he re-evaluated his friends and family members and friendship generally. His re-evaluation and the form it takes in the Confessions have implications for modern friends who pledge “Best Friends Forever.”
  • “Virtuous Empathy and the Virtue of Charity: In Dialogue with Augustine” 4:30-6pm in Driscoll Hall AuditoriumRichard Miller, Indiana University. Dr. Richard Miller is Professor, Department of Religious Studies and Director, Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions at Indiana University.
     Among Dr. Miller is author of Interpretations of Conflict: Ethics, Pacifism and the Just-War Tradition (1991), winner of a Bross Prize; Casuistry and Modern Ethics: A Poetics of Practical Reasoning (1996); Children, Ethics, and Modern Medicine (2003) and is co-editor of the IU Press series, Bioethics and the Humanities.  His lecture is part of Intersection of Virtue and Ethics, the first of a series of annual lectures dedicated to reflection on the many facets of the Catholic intellectual tradition. The series is sponsored by the Office of Mission and Ministry in collaboration with the departments of Theology & Religious Studies, Philosophy, Humanities, Center for Peace and Justice Education, Villanova Center for Liberal Education, the Ethics and Honors programs.

Friday, November 4th

  • Hebrew Bible Study: Dr. Chaim Saiman, “Workers’ Rights: Biblical verses, Christian Ethics, and Rabbinic Law.” 12:30 in Corr Hall Seminar Room 103. For more information contact Dr. Ruth Anolik, Villanova Center for Liberal Education.

Saturday, November 5th

Sunday, November 6th

Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming Events!

  • Monday Nov 7th, 7:30- 8:30pm: Penn for Life will be hosting Archbishop Chaput 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 info.
  • Monday Nov 7th, 9am-12am: All-Day public reading of The Confessions in Falvey Library’s 24-Hour Lounge. Drop by to listen, to take a turn reading and for refreshments!  GTSC Hour 4pm- 5pm. 
  • Wednesday Nov 9th: last day to withdraw from classes.
  • Thursday, Nov 10th, 4pm: Augustinian Corona prayer with Fr. Joe Farrell. Meet at 4pm outside Saint Mary’s Chapel or at 3:30 in the department. For more information on the Corona, CLICK HERE!
  • Sunday, Nov 13th: Augustinian Young Adult Gathering. 3-5pm. Come gather for prayer, discussion, and meal. Contact joseph.l.farrell for reading and RSVP.
  • Saturday, Nov 19thAugustinian Heritage Retreat. Come visit Augustinian parishes and discuss Augustinian spirituality with other students and friars. Meals provided. Contact to register.
  • Saturday, Nov 19thFall written comprehensive examination.
  • Saturday, December 3rd: 10am-5pm: Ecumenical Day of Reflection  In preparation for Christmas, this is time to spend in time of prayerful discussion and reflection on the prophetic voices of the Old Testament and the infancy narratives of the New. Contact to register.
  • Office of Mission and Ministry Call for Papers! Catholic Social Teaching Conference in March 19-21, 2012: See HERE for more details. Deadline: December 31st, 2011.

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 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! Saturday, Nov 12th, 2011: 5pm-11pm at Finnigan’s Wake (3rd and Spring Garden Sts.) – in the Franklin Room.  Cost $35.  Special guest speaker for the night is Father Paul Dressler O.F.M. Cap. More info: