• Comprehensive Exams begin this week.  Our prayers are with all examinees!  All non-examinees are encouraged to provide the second-years in your life with coffee and chocolate chip cookies throughout this trying time.
  • Registration EXTENDED for the Spring Retreat!  Spots are still available for this year’s spring retreat, which will be held at a gorgeous home RIGHT ON THE BEACHFRONT !!! in New Jersey from April 26-28 (Thurs-Saturday).  Total cost is $10; register by paying Karen Cunningham the cost of the retreat in cash.

This Week!

Monday, March 19th 

  • 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 (
  •  ESTEEM, 6-7:45 in the Tracy Lounge at St. Rita’s.  This week, ESTEEM is covering Catholic Social Doctrine. We are very excited for great discussion on this topic and know that it will put us in gear for some wonderful work for the Lord and His people. For more information, contact Holly.
  • Catholic Social Teaching Conference right here on campus!  March 19-21, 2012.  See HERE for more details, pre-registration is free but required.
Tuesday, March 20th
  • 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, March 21st

  • 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.)
  • The Pornography Epidemic.  Did you know that over one half of divorced couples cite pornography as a “major” issue leading to the dissolution of their relationship?  Dr. Peter Kleponis, PhD, LPC, addresses this insidious addiction omnipresent in our society, and offers encouragement and concrete strategies for those who want to abandon this lifestyle.  7:30pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall in West Chester.  Sponsored by Catholic Young Adults of Chester County, CYACC.
Thursday, March 22nd
  • 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, March 23rd
Saturday, March 24th
Sunday, March 25th
Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming Events!
  • 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.

Upcoming Conferences @ Villanova

  • 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! For more information, contact AJ DeBonis at