• 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
    • Graduate Theology Retreat is now scheduled for April 26-28 (Thurs-Saturday). Please contact Michelle ( if you would like to help plan this retreat.
    • GTSC Monthly Mass will be held on Thursday, February 2nd at 5:20 in Corr Chapel! Please contact Lauren ( to be involved in the liturgy.  We invite you to serve as hospitality ministers, lectors, gift bearers, Eucharistic ministers, musicians, and servers.
    • 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. Please Contact Paul Camacho ( and see the website ( for more details and readings.  Meeting dates and locations are: Jan 27, 2012 (Desmond): 11:00 am – 1:00 pm in SAC 300; Feb. 17, 2012 (Marion): 11:00 am – 1:00 pm in Devon Room, Connelly Center; March 16, 2012 (Hollywood): 11:00 am. to 1:00 pm in Devon Room, Connelly Center

This Week!

Monday, January 23

  • March for Life – Washington, DC

Tuesday, January 24

  • 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, January 25

  • Rosary: 4pm Corr Chapel
  • 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 ( as the first of six talks to be offered in a monthly “Sexuality Series.”

Thursday, January 26

  • Bible Study with Dr.Paul Danove will begin at 1:00 p.m. in Room 210, St. Augustine Center (SAC). We will  study/reflect on  the upcoming Sunday Scriptures taken from the Gospel according to Mark.  All are invited. Questions?  Contact
  • Group Silent Prayer: 4pm Corr Chapel

Friday, January 27

  • Truth and Mystery Reading Group. 11am-1pm in SAC 300. (See above description in Announcements).
  • Graduate Student Winter Social! 8pm, East Lounge in Dougerty Hall. Food, Drinks, Music. FREE for Graduate Students, may bring 1 guest. $23 basketball tickets will be for sale for all Pavillion games!

Saturday, January 28

Sunday, January 29

Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming Events!

  • 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
  • Graduate Theology Retreat! April 26th (Thursday)-28th (Saturday) – Please contact Michelle – if you would like to help plan this event!
  • Mark your calendars for Thursday, February 2 to hear Cambodian Human Rights Activist Somaly Mam! Somaly has experienced first hand the horror of sex trafficking and has persevered; she is now recognized and honored as “CNN Hero,” Glamour’s “Woman of the Year” and one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People.” You won’t want to miss her talk! The event runs from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in the Villanova Room (Connelly Center). Student tickets are $2 and can be purchased at
  • Pennsylvanians for Human Life will be hosting a Pro-Life Banquet on Sunday, February 26 at the Springfield Country Club.  The guest speaker is Georgette Forney, the President of Anglicans for Life and the Co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. The student rate is $25.00/person. For information, please visit:

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. 1:00-3:00pm Thursday, Feb. 2nd, 2012. Congratulations to our presenters: Michael Fatigati, “From Moses to Scotus: The Emerging Role for Univocity in Scientific Theology”; Cabrini Pak, “Catherine of Siena’s Soteriology: A Paternal Perspective”; Luke Pigott, “Ethics at Barmen: Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Views on War and the Aryan Paragraph in the Midst of the Development of the Confessing Church; and Richard Pugh, “A Spirituality of Speaking: The Voice of Lay Ecclesial Ministry.”

  • 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 ( 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 ( 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