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:  Price is $5 and includes lunch.  

Book, clothing, and school supplies drive: SAC lobby.  VU sororities are accepting children’s books (grades K-5), school supplies, and winter clothing to distribute to children and families in Camden, NJ’s Invincible Charter School.   Contact Kristin Carey of Villanova’s Kappa Kappa Gamma with questions:

Thank you to everyone who participated in and attended last week’s PCT conference. The event was a success! We hope the conference next semester will be equally beneficial, not only as a presentation of theological information but as a source of enriched departmental unity.

Ben Winter is putting together a “Christmas Break Paper Swap/Forum” as an optional way for our graduate students to share progress and ideas. Stay tuned for more info, and please talk to him if you have any ideas!

This Week!

Monday, December 3rd

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.

Tuesday, December 4th

Wednesday, December 5th

Taize prayer opportunities for Young Adults, 7-8pm on Wednesdays during Advent.  More information available here.  Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in Merion, PA.

Thursday, December 6th

*Cancelled*  GTSC Fall Film Series: Children of Men.  *Cancelled*

“Icon: The Way to the Kingdom” lecture at 7 PM by Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware), Connelly Center, Villanova Room.  It is an incredible honor for Metropolitan Kallistos to be visiting our campus, direct from the UK!  He is both a respected professor of theology at Oxford as well as a prominent Eastern Orthodox bishop, and it is a big deal for him to be flying all the way to the U.S. specifically to speak on our campus!  Please attend if you can.

Lessons and Carols with the VU Pastoral Musicians and Parish Choir.  Lessons and carols is a combination of readings, prayers, and music to complement the Advent season. 7:30 PM – St. Thomas of Villanova Church – Villanova Campus.

Friday, December 7th

Vigil Mass for the Immaculate Conception and Blessing of the New Grotto.  5:30pm Mass in Corr Chapel followed by a blessing of the new grotto next to Campus Ministry.  All are welcome.

Saturday, December 8th

Feast of the Immaculate Conception!  If you are Catholic, don’t forget to get to Mass for this Holy Day of Obligation celebrating Mary’s conception without sin!  Mass in Corr Chapel at 9:30am, in St. Thomas of Villanova Church at 11:30am, and Friday vigil in Corr Chapel at 5:30pm.  (Note, going to 5:30pm Mass on Saturday will be a Mass for the Second Sunday of Advent, not for the Immaculate Conception!  So get to Mass early!)

Graduate Advent Retreat!!! “A People in Darkness Have Seen a Great Light!”  Optional Mass for the Holy Day at 9:30am in Corr Chapel with Fr. Laird, retreat itself begins at 10:00am in Corr Hall.  $5 registration fee includes a pizza lunch.  Please contact Lauren Joyce to register:  The day runs until 3:30, and will feature moments of community building, poetry, personal time, art-based reflection, and music.  Spouses and significant others welcome.

Sunday, December 9th

Mark Your Calendar:

Upcoming Conferences:

Catholic University of America: Call for Papers.   Graduate student pre-conference: “On Establishing Universal Peace in Truth, Justice, Charity , and Liberty: Peacebuilding 2013.”  Conference to be held on April 8, 2013 in conjunction with the international conference “Peacebuilding 2013: Pacim in Terris at 50,” April 9- 10 in the Pryzbyla Center at CUA.  Please email abstracts of no more than 250 words to: by January 9, 2013.  For more information, please contact: Dr. Laurie Johnston at or Dr. William Barbieri at  An email was circulated within the department with the official description- you all should have received a copy.

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