• The Graduate Student Monthly Mass will be celebrated this Tuesday at 5:20 in Corr Chapel.  All are welcome.  Contact Lauren at to be involved in the liturgy.
  • Check out our new “Employment” Tab at the top of the page!  Please contact Lauren at if you are aware of any opportunities that should be listed on that page.
  • Registration closing for the Spring Retreat!  Only a few spots are still available- register while you still can!  The retreat runs from April 26- April 28.  Total cost is $10; register by paying Karen Cunningham the cost of the retreat in cash.
  • Luncheon and Cocktail Hour.  If you are a graduate student or professor in philosophy or theology at Villanova, and would like to attend the Luncheon or Cocktail hour surrounding the 2012 Theology Institute’s Truth and Mystery Conference on Faith and Reason, please RSVP by Wednesday to Karen Cunningham at  The Luncheon will run from 12:00 to 1:00 in Corr Hall, and the cocktail hour will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 in the Presidential Lounge of the Connelly Center.  All events will occur on the day of the conference: April 12th.

This Week!

Monday, April 2nd

  • Dr. Peter Kreeft, professor of philosophy at Boston College and the King’s College (NYC), has been invited by the Theology Institute to address the Villanova community.  He will be giving a lecture entitled “Faith, Doubt, and Reason” at 4:30pm in Driscoll Auditorium #132.  All are welcome.
  • Dr. John Kruse, Assistant Professor of Theological Studies at Neumann University, will present a talk at 1:00pm in Falvey Memorial Library Rm 205 as part of the John Paul II Legacy Lecture series. His talk is titled “John Paul II: Companion to Our Lenten Journey.” Dr. Kruse’s lecture, which will take place during Holy Week, will focus on his book, Lent and Easter Wisdom from Pope John Paul II.  Light refreshments will be served!
  • Monday Latin Lunches! 12-1 PM in the conference room across the hall from the theology office between sociology and political science. We will discuss a short passage from the Office of Readings for the Feast of the Annunciation.  For more information and this reading, please contact Dr. Elizabeth-Jane McGuire (
  •  ESTEEM, 6-7:45 in the Tracy Lounge at St. Rita’s.  For more information, contact Holly.
Tuesday, April 3rd
  • The Graduate Student Monthly Mass will take place this week at 5:20 in Corr Chapel.  All are invited to attend- please contact Lauren Joyce at to be involved with the liturgy.
  • 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, April 4th

  • 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, April 5th
  • No Graduate Classes (Holy Thursday)
Friday, April 6th
  • No Graduate Classes (Good Friday)
Saturday, April 7th
  • Holy Saturday
Sunday, April 8th
  • Easter Sunday!!!  Christ is risen!!! 
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