• Spring GTSC Film Series “Neither Death: Death, Mourning, and Meaning in Contemporary Cinema” announced! See tab above for more info. First screening this Friday (see below).
    • Concept, Villanova’s Interdisciplinary Journal of Graduate Research is still accepting submissions and volunteers to serve as peer-reviewers and editors. See
    • The Office of Campus Ministry invites all students of any or no faith tradition to the Interfaith Pilgrimage Retreat which begins on Friday, Feb. 3rd at 5pm and ends at noon on Sunday, Feb. 5th. We will be staying at the Immaculata retreat center in Malvern. Come join us as we journey across faith borders exploring different religious traditions, including Judaism, Eastern Christianity, Buddhism, and Islam, by traveling to their places of worship, followed by discussion and reflection, as well as fun activities! For more information, or to register, please contact &
    • 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: 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 30th

  • Monday Latin Lunches! 12-1 PM in the conference room across the hall from the theology office between sociology and political science. We are beginning with Augustine’s De Catechezandis Rudibus.  For more information and this reading, please contact Dr. Elizabeth-Jane McGuire (

Tuesday, January 31st

  • Jamie Ford, author of this year’s Villanova University One Book selection, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, will visit campus today for a schedule of events, including talk at 1pm in Falvey Library, please see the One Book Webpage.
  • 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, February 1st

  • 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:
  • Group Centering Prayer: Please join us at 3pm in Corr Chapel to take time to recenter yourself in God’s presence.

Thursday, February 2nd

  • Portio Creaturae Tuae: A Villanova Theology Graduate Student Conference. 1:00-3:00pm in SAC 300. 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.” As always, refreshments will be served…. See you there!

  • 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
  • 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

Friday, February 3rd

  • Film Night: Departures [Okuribito] (Takita Yôjirô, Japan, 2008, 130 mins.)

    When Daigo loses his job as a cellist and moves from Tokyo to his childhood home in northern Japan, he is confronted by mortality—not least because he’s taken a job as an undertaker. To complement the film’s location, we’ll enjoy nabe, Japanese stew. 7 PM @ Andrew’s place (36 S. Cricket Terrace, Ardmore; near Ardmore train station) See “Film Series” tab above or contact Andrew for more info: / 510-229-7863.

  • InterFaith Retreat Begins (please see discription above in “Announcements”).

Saturday, February 4th

  • Human Trafficking Film & Discussion at Bryn Mawr Film Institute11am.

Sunday, February 5th

  • InterFaith Retreat Ends.
  • SUPERBOWL PARTY! 6:00pm – ? (Kick off at 6:30). Location: Siobhan’s house. RSVP to for exact address and directions. Come for food, fellowship, and football! Bring a dish to share.

Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming Events!

  • Feb. 10-12 Silent Retreat at Jesuit Center, Wernersville, PA. Experience the role of silence and solitude in the spiritual journey with the help of a caring listener. Please contact to register.
  • Thurs. Feb. 16th, 7 PM: James Martin, SJ (official chaplain of The Colbert Report) will be speaking at St. Thomas of Villanova Church.
  • Fri. Feb. 17th, 7 PM: Film Night 2: Talk to Her [Hable con ella] at Andrew’s, Ardmore.
  • Busy Person’s Retreat- March 18-22. Please contact to register.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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