Announcements:

November is Augustinian Heritage month.  See details below!

This week marks Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week on campus.  Villanova is proud to host the oldest HHA Week in the nation!  This initiative seeks to raise awareness of H&H around us in the United States.  See events and ways to get involved here.

The 4th Semiannual  Portio Creaturae Tuae (PCT) Conference will be held on Thursday, November 29th. Click here for more info.  This is a big event in the life of our graduate department, so please plan to attend if you can!

The Advent Graduate Retreat “A People in Darkness Have Seen a Great Light!” will be held on campus on December 8th, and will run from 10am- 3:30pm.  Students of all faiths are welcome to this day of preparation for Christmas.  Email Lauren to register: ljoyce@villanova.edu. 

This Week!

Monday, November 12th

Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week: speaker Janet Poppendieck appears in  Driscoll Auditorium, 7 pm.

Tuesday, November 13th

Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week: Wendell Berry gives a lecture in the  Connelly Center’s Villanova Room at 4 pm.  An on-campus “Faces of Christ” Reflection will be held in Corr Chapel, 8 pm – 9:15 pm.

Wednesday, November 14th

Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week hosts a Fair Trade Craft sale in the Connelly Center, 9am- 5pm.  This is a great way to do some early Christmas shopping while making a difference in developing communities!

Sean McElwee comes to speak at Catholic Young Adults of Chester County!  Fellow graduate student Sean will discuss sacred music in the Catholic tradition. The talk will be held at 7:30pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall in West Chester, PA.  Contact Lauren with questions or to carpool: ljoyce@villanova.edu.

Father Justin Sinaites, librarian of St. Catherine’s Monastery, Mt. Sinai, Egypt, the world’s oldest continually operating monastery (some 1,700 years), will speak at 7 p.m. Father Justin oversees what is considered to be the second most valuable collection of religious manuscripts in the world, the Vatican’s being the first. One of Father Justin’s major undertakings has been to photograph and post on the Internet the collection’s 4,500 manuscripts (many illuminated), 7,000 early printed books, and some of the world’s oldest Bibles.
His lecture, “The Beauty and Significance of Icons” is one of the lectures associated with the Villanova Art Gallery exhibit, ICON: The Way to the Kingdom and will take place in the Connelly Center, Villanova Room. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 610-519-4612.

Margie Pfeil, Assistant Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, presents a talk entitled “The Spirituality of Nonviolence” at 4:30pm in Driscoll Auditorium.  This talk is part of The Office for Mission and Ministry’s Augustinian Heritage Month.  Dr. Pfeil’s research interests include Catholic social thought, Fundamental Moral Theology, Peace Studies, Spirituality and Environmental Ethics, Liberation Theology, and Racial Justice.

Thursday, November 15th

On Thursday at 4:30 in the Speakers’ Corner of the Library, the St. Augustine Fellow J. Patout Burns will deliver the talk “To Have and to Share: an Augustinian Approach to Christian Marriage.”

The Theology Department will be participating in the Solidarity Sleep-Out taking place this Thursday at 9pm, near the Oreo. This event is meant to help us experience solidarity with the homeless by sleeping outdoors overnight, and through reflection.  To see who’s going from our department, email Matt Riddle: mriddle2@villanova.edu.

Additionally, we believe that true solidarity leads not only to contemplation, but to action. Some possible ways we could serve could be the food drive, going on all week at St. Rita’s hall, becoming a volunteer with Back on my Feet, or fasting on Thursday to pack meals for those in need instead. Info on all these possibilities is available through the campus ministry office is available here.  Email Luke Pigott with questions: lpigott@villanova.edu

Friday, November 16th

Saturday, November 17th

Sunday, November 18th

Mark Your Calendar:

The Advent Graduate Retreat will be held on campus on December 8th, and will run from 10am- 3:30pm.  Students of all faiths are welcome to this day of preparation for Christmas.  Email Lauren Joyce to register ljoyce@villanova.edu.

Upcoming Conferences:

Chestnut Hill College: Call for Papers.  April 12th- 14th, 2013: “The Irrepressible Energy of the Spirit: Vatican II and Beyond.”  Details and guidelines for submission here. If you know of any good conferences or calls for papers coming up, please email ljoyce@villanova.edu.

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