Coming Up After Thanksgiving!

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: 

Nancy Bieber presents “How Do You Make Wise Decisions?: The Sacred Art of Decision Making” on Monday, December 3rd at 7:00pm in Driscoll Auditorium.  This event is sponsored by Campus Ministry’s Center for Spirituality and Discernment.

This Week!

Monday, November 19th

The Papcy on Peace Since Vatican 2.  Kenneth Himes, OFM, will speak at 4:30pm in Driscoll Hall Auditorium as part of OMM’s series on The Catholic Peace Tradition.  Fr. Himes teaches theology at Boston College and has been a visiting professor at the University of Virginia, Howard University Divinity School and St. John’s University.  His research interests are in the history of Catholic social teaching, the role of the U.S. Catholic community in American social reform, the ethics of warfare, and the relationship of religion and politics in the nation’s public life.

Tuesday, November 20th

Last day of classes.  Classes resume Monday, November 26th.

Wednesday, November 21th- Sunday, November 25th

Thanksgiving Break!  Enjoy!

Upcoming Conferences and Retreats:

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

Silent Retreat weekend led by Fr. Martin Laird, OSA, April 19-21, 2013. Experience the role of quiet prayer and attentiveness in the spiritual journey with the help of an experienced guide from our own Villanova community. Fr. Martin Laird’s compassionate presence and insight into who we are as persons before God will guide retreatants to deepen their practice of silent prayer. Discount offered if you sign up through Campus Ministry. Email

Call for Papers: Dept of Religion at Columbia University.  “Religion on the Move: Movement, Migration, Missions and new Media across Religious Traditions,” a graduate student conference, will be hosted by the Department of Religion at Columbia University on April 26, 2013 in New York City.  We encourage submissions from those in all fields with interests in the study of religion.  Submissions are due by December 28, 2012.  Those interested should send a 500-word abstract, along with name, institution, specialization, and year of study to