Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the Advent Graduate Retreat “A People in Darkness Have Seen a Great Light!”  The retreat was beautiful- thank you for your participation!  

You will be receiving an email from Ben this week with a link to the official “Theology Paper Swap” folder. This will be a private Google documents folder only accessible to VU graduate theology students.  You are encouraged to upload a favorite paper you have written this semester, or even a PDF from a favorite book you’ve read. The goal is to get to know one another’s interests and work by sharing ideas and suggestions.

Call for Papers: “The Mixed Life: Action and Contemplation through the Ages” Villanova University’s 2nd Annual “Faith and Culture: Theologians of the Future in Dialogue” Graduate Student Conference. View the call here.

Chimere Holmes is organizing a team for the MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 21st.  This day comes super quickly after Christmas, so register now before you forget!  Email Chimere:

This Week!

Monday, December 10th

Tuesday, December 11th

Wednesday, December 12th

Happy Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe!  This title of Our Lady is very special to Mexican and Mexican-American Catholics, both of which groups are a growing presence in our US church.  In honor of this feast, Catholic Young Adults of Chester County hosts Joann Roa, the Director of the Office for Hispanic Catholics for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  Contact Lauren at if you need a ride.  Details here.

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 13th

Last day of graduate classes!  Woooooooohoo!!!!!!

Friday, December 14th

Theology department Christmas party!  Please RSVP to Joan Davis if you have not done so already.

Saturday, December 15th

Sunday, December 16th

Anticipatory Christmas Soiree! 7:00 PM @ AJ’s place. 1325 Montgomery Ave, Wynnewood, PA (All Saints Church). Brandish a colorful sweater, warm yourself by the yule log, and carol the night away under the responsible and moderate influence of a holiday libation. Enjoy one last celebratory gathering before the drudgery divine of finals week and the dissemination of graduate students to their respective corners of the globe. Significant others and pals welcome. Food, desserts, and drink appreciated but by no means mandatory.

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