• Graduate Theology Retreat is now scheduled for April 26-28 (Thurs-Saturday).  Stay tuned: registration will open next week!
    • Possibilities of Forgiveness Conference at Villanova Feb. 20- 21.  Details below under the “Conferences at Villanova” section.
    • Stations of the Cross for the campus community will be hosted by the graduate students on Wednesday, March 14th at 7:30pm.  Please contact Lauren Joyce to be involved:
    • The Theology Institute is seeking to begin a theologically-centered blog, supported by Villanova graduate students and faculty, as an outreach to our peers outside the Villanova intellectual community.  The target audience is faculty, students, and educated individuals throughout theological academia.  To submit a post, contact AJ DeBonis:

This Week!

Monday, February 20th

  • 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 (
  • Possibilities of Forgiveness Conference, February 20- 21 at the Villanova Conference Center. This conference is free for Villanova students; register HERE.
    • What makes forgiveness possible? What does forgiveness require? Is focusing on forgiveness self-indulgent—should we, perhaps, celebrate repentance? Scholars from all backgrounds are invited to participate in a conversation about individual and communal apology, repentance, forgiveness, and reconciliation. The aim of this conference is to bring together a small number of persons from a variety of theoretical, religious, and non-religious perspectives for a working consultation. We hope to present persons from a variety of traditions an opportunity to learn from and about one another’s traditions, and to thoughtfully challenge them.
    • ESTEEM: Last Monday, we had our first meeting for ESTEEM for Pastoral and Lay Leadership in Parishes. We are very excited for where it is headed and can’t wait for our next meeting this Monday, the 20th at 6 pm in the Tracy Lounge. We are proud to have Msgr. Hugh Shields joining us this Monday to speak and have discussion around Models of the Church and how the Church works. It should be very interesting to hear his perspective and we highly recommend it for everyone. Please contact Holly for more information:
Tuesday, February 21st

  • PULSE: People Uplifting Lives through Scripture Everyday 6-7pm. Pulse will meet in the Devon Room, Connelly Center. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Arielle Benjamin and Denise Diadyk at

Wednesday, February 22nd

  • Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten liturgical season, and is a day of fasting and abstinence.  On-campus Masses with the distribution of Masses will occur at 12:05, 5:20, and 8:00pm, as well as a student-led Word Service at 3:00pm (all in the main church).
  • Sant’Egidio Prayer Service. 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 23rd

  • 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:
Friday, February 24th
Saturday, February 25th

Sunday, February 26th

  • Greek Study, 2:00 at the Panera Bread in Wayne. Contact Charlie ( for details.
  • 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, click here.

Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming Events!

  • Busy Person’s Retreat- March 18-22. Please contact to register.
  • 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.
  • Catholic Young Adults of Chester County is sponsoring an ongoing “Sexuality Series,” which seeks to cover difficult aspects of Catholic sexual morality.  The next talk, “Masculinity and Femininity,” will be held on February 29th at 7:30 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in West Chester.  All adults 20- 39 are welcome- admission is free.

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.
  • 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