This week is National Vocation Awareness Week.  The following is a prayer for Vocations.

Prayer for Vocations Let us pray to the Lord of the harvest who calls men and women to loving service: All glory and praise are yours, God of truth, light of our hearts, for you guide your people in the ways of holiness. Help those who follow in the footsteps of Augustine to see you through mutual love and worship and to be servants of your Church as examples that others may follow. Enlighten men and women to see the beauty of common life in the spirit of Saint Augustine, and strengthen them in your service so that the work you have begun in them may be brought to fulfillment. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen

~Blessed Stephen Bellesini, O.S.A., pray for us.

Announcements

  • Concept, Villanova’s Interdisciplinary Journal of Graduate Research is now accepting submissions and volunteers to serve as peer-reviewers and editors. Grad Theology has made a strong showing in Concept in the past as both ediors/reviewers and published authors…let’s keep it up! For additional information, see http://concept.journals.villanova.edu
  • Portio Creaturae Tuae: A Villanova Theology Graduate Student Conference. Thursday, Feb. 2nd, 2012. Open to current graduate theology students at Villanova University. Submit your paper title and a brief abstract for consideration at the Spring 2012 Portio Creaturae Tuae Conference, hosted by the GTSC.  Submit papers by Sunday, January 15th, 2012 to Charles Johnson (cjohns42@villanova.edu).
  • Truth & Mystery Reading Group. The major aim of our reading group is to build a vibrant community of philosophy and theology folks at Villanova in preparation for the Truth & Mystery Conference on April 12th, 2012.  We will host three preparatory reading conversations prior to the conference to help our members think deeply and fruitfully through seminal texts on the conference topic.  We will also have a unique chance to meet with the conference speakers in an intimate setting at the conference itself.  We are fortunate to be joined by Jim Wetzel (Philosophy), Jessica Murdoch (Theology), Carey Walsh (Theology), and Darlene Weaver (Theology), who will be faculty mentors and facilitators for us.

The first reading group will meet on Friday, Jan. 27 and cover the writings of Desmond. Please Contact Paul Camacho (pcamac01@villanova.edu) and see the website (http://truthandmystery.com) for more details and readings.

This Week!

Monday, January 16 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day – No classes

  • MLK Day of Service! If you have pre-registered, Meet at 7:30am in the Italian Kitchen!

Tuesday, January 17

  • Classes Begin!
  • 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:kathryn.geteksoltis@villanova.edu
  • 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 thenovapulse@gmail.com.

Wednesday, January 18

  • Weekly Bible Study beginning at 12:30 on the Ground Floor of St. Rita’s. The Scripture readings will cover the upcoming Sunday Gospel each week. Contact Kathy.Overturf@villanova.edu for more info.
  • Villanovans for Life Meeting, 6pm, Corr Hall Room 103. Free Pizza, Information about the March for Life in Washington, DC next week. ($5 bus fee if you are planning on traveling with VFL to the March.) Contact Villanovans for Life at villanovansforlife@gmail.com for more info.

Thursday, January 19

Friday, January 20

  • Epiphany Party! 6:30 pm. All theology grad students are invited to a potluck Epiphany party at Lauren Joyce’s house in West Chester.  Clever references to the three kings or fun Epiphany traditions encouraged.  To RSVP and for directions, contact ljoyce@villanova.edu.  Transportation from the Paoli/Thorndale R5 train available.

Saturday, January 21

Sunday, January 22

Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming Events!

  • Wed January 25th, 7:30pm: Bill Donaghy (of the Theology of the Body Institute) will be giving a presentation on the harm that cohabitation does to marriages, and why the Church’s teaching on premarital sex is a wise guideline for dating couples.  Hosted by Catholic Young Adults of Chester County (www.cyacc.org) as the first of six talks to be offered in a monthly “Sexuality Series.”
  • Thurs Feb 16th, 7pm: James Martin, SJ (official chaplain of The Colbert Report) will be speaking at St. Thomas of Villanova Church.
  • Arthology- Villanova’s journal of creative arts, is now accepting submissions: poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction, photography, and artwork, e-mail submissions to arthology@gmail.com
  • Graduate Theology Retreat! April 26th (Thursday)-28th (Saturday) – Please contact Michelle – bsherm02@villanova.edu if you would like to help plan this event!

Upcoming Conferences @ Villanova

  • Catholic Social Teaching Conference in March 19-21, 2012: See HERE for more details.
  • Portio Creaturae Tuae: A Villanova Theology Graduate Student Conference. Thursday, Feb. 2nd, 2012. Open to current graduate theology students at Villanova University. Submit your paper title and a brief abstract for consideration at the Spring 2012 Portio Creaturae Tuae Conference, hosted by the GTSC.  Submit papers by Sunday, January 15th, 2012 to Charles Johnson (cjohns42@villanova.edu).

  • Faith and Culture: Theologians of the Future in Dialogue Friday, April 20th, 2012, 3:30 PM – 8 PM;  Villanova University, Dougherty Hall, West Lounge; Keynote Speaker: Dr. Leonard Swidler, Professor of Catholic Thought and Interreligious Dialogue, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA This conference will be Villanova University’s first Graduate Theology Student Conference open to students in master’s and doctoral programs outside of Villanova University. It is intended both to foster dialogue between students in our own program and to engage the next generation of theologians in other programs across the nation about what we are doing as students of theology.

     The topic for 2012 is entitled “The Role of the Theologian in the Public Square.” We encourage all of you to attend, but we also invite you to submit papers for this special event which we hope will showcase your work as students of the Graduate Program in Theology at Villanova University to the wider academic theological community. Please contact Anthony DeBonis (adebon01@villanova.edu) for more information, including the Call for Papers.

Upcoming Conferences in the Area

  • The Mid-Atlantic Congress (MAC) for pastoral leaders/parishioners is a gathering for training, resource sharing, networking, and prayer. March 8-10, 2012, Baltimore Hilton Hotel. MAC is a three-day gathering from Thursday-Saturday, March  8-10, 2012, designed to strengthen pastoral leaders from across the  mid-Atlantic region and beyond in the church and in their ministry.  If you would like to attend this conference FOR FREE, in exchange for volunteering, please contact Villanova alumna, Rena Black (rena.c.black@gmail.com) for more information.
  • Visions of Hope: Emerging Theologians and Young Church Leaders Envision the Church of the Future March 9-11, 2012. Boston College.  In an effort to empower and listen to the voices of some emerging theologians and leaders, theology graduate students at Boston College (BC), together with the International Catholic Movement for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs (ICMICA-Pax Romana) and other partners at BC plan to organize an international colloquium in March, 2012 on the theme of Visions of Hope: Emerging Theologians Envision the Future of the Church. The three-day gathering will be guided by, five subthemes:

    • The Future of Catholic Ethics
    • The Future of Dialogue
    • The Future of Liturgy
    • The Future of Ministry
    • The Future of Ecclesiology
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