• *Correction! (of the correction)* GTSC Monthly Mass will be held this week on Tuesday, February 7th at 5:20 in Corr Chapel! We apologize for any confusion.  Please contact Lauren ( to serve in the liturgy; all persons are welcome to attend.
    • Spring GTSC Film Series “Neither Death: Death, Mourning, and Meaning in Contemporary Cinema” announced! See tab above for more info.
    • SOCIAL JUSTICE: Please visit the *NEWLY ADDED* Catholic Relief Services Page for more information on the Villanova University-CRS Partnership.
    • GLOBAL SOLIDARITY NETWORK EVENTS: Each semester Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) Global Solidarity Network (GSN) offers students the opportunity, via the web, to access its resources, programming best practices, and be in conversation with the agency’s staff working on the front lines of humanitarian relief and development around the world.
      • Session 1 – Feb. 13-24: Gender, Economics, and Sustainable Development  This session will introduce students to some of CRS’ most creative programming in the regions of Latin America and Southern Africa.  
      • Session 2 – March 12-23: Gender, Violence, and Peacebuilding –This session will explore the forms of gender-based violence, its consequences, and its root causes.  There is still time to register to participate in one or both spring GSN sessions.  For more information and to register your classes, go to:  or email:    
    • ConceptVillanova’s Interdisciplinary Journal of Graduate Research is still accepting submissions and volunteers to serve as peer-reviewers and editors. 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.

This Week!

Monday, February 6th

  • 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, February 7th

  • Graduate Student Monthly Mass will be held at 5:20 in Corr Chapel.  Contact Lauren Joyce at to participate in the liturgy.  All are welcome.
  • PULSE: People Uplifting Lives through Scripture Everyday 6-7pm. Pulse will meet in the Devon Room, Connelly Center. This week will be the fourth 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
  • Speaker Panel: How To Start Your Own Business.  6:30pm in room 200 of the Health Services Building.  Sponsored by the Villanova University Student SHRM, the Graduate Student Council, and the Multicultural Business Association.

Wednesday, February 8th

  • Sant’Egidio Prayer Service. CANCELLED for this Week. Will resume next week at the usual time and space: 6pm in Corr Hall Chapel.
  • Group Centering Prayer: Please join fellow theology students at 3pm in Corr Chapel to take time to recenter yourself in God’s presence.  (Non-denominational prayer.)

Thursday, February 9th

  • 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. Contact:
  •  “The Joys and Challenges of Being a Young Catholic Professional.”  Hosted by and located at St. Augustine’s Parish (4th& Vine St., Phila.), this talk will begin at 8pm and feature Professor Michael Moreland of the Villanova School of Law (J.D., University of Michigan; Ph.D., Theological Ethics, Boston College). Refreshments and a Q&A sessions will follow.  Contact Bryan Kerns ( for more information.

Friday, February 10th

  • Joint Philosophy-Theology Symposium: “Academic Scholarship, Spirituality, and Faith” including our own Charlie Johnson, Suzanne Wentzel, Dr. Godzieba, and Dr. Carey Walsh. 1:30-4 PM, Villanova Room, Connelly Center.

Saturday, February 11th

Sunday, February 12th

Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming Events!

  •  Global Solidarity Network: Session 1 – Feb. 13-24: Gender, Economics, and Sustainable Development  This session will introduce students to some of CRS’ most creative programming in the regions of Latin America and Southern Africa. See information above and contact to register.
  • Tues., Feb. 14th, 7 PM: In a Lonely Place (Nicholas Ray, 1950), Bryn Mawr Film Institute. If you’re in a lonely place this St. Valentine’s Day, join Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame in Los Angeles’ noir heyday for this thriller on the border of romance and cynicism.
  • 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
  • On Wednesday, April 18 the University Partnership with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) will sponsor a colloquium on Gender and Justice: A Global Humanitarian and Development Perspective.  The afternoon session, “Responding to Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Humanitarian Crises,” is scheduled between 4-5:30 p.m.  The evening session, “Global Poverty Reduction and the Gender Lens,” is scheduled between 7:30-9 p.m.  Both sessions will be held in the Connelly Center, Villanova room and open to the public.  Francisca Vigaud-Walsh, CRS’ Emergency Operations Technical Advisor for Sexual and Gender-based Violence, will be the featured speaker.
  • Pennsylvanians for Human Life will be hosting a Pro-Life Banquet on SundayFebruary 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.
  • Truth & Mystery Reading Group. With the dual aims of building community between philosophy and theology as well as preparing for this year’s Truth & Mystery Conference on April 12th, this group meets monthly to read and discuss authors pertinent to the conference: Desmond, Marion, and Hollywood.  More details here.  Professors Jim Wetzel (Philosophy), Jessica Murdoch (Theology), Carey Walsh (Theology), and Darlene Weaver (Theology), are serving as faculty mentors.  The next meeting is scheduled for Feb 17th at 11am.
  • 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