Party this week!!!  Happy Hour on Thursday – details below!

There is a free Samsung 15″ TV available for anyone interested.  Contact Lauren if you would like more information!

Join other Villanova students in traveling down to Washington DC this Friday January 25th for the March for Life. Email to reserve a spot and
for more information.

GTSC Professional Development will be introducing a new program geared toward developing a charitable, communal form of learning. Keep an eye on your inbox this coming week for details.  GTSC Spiritual Life will be offering silent times of prayer and reflection on Wednesdays throughout the semester.  See below for details.


This Week:

Monday, January 21st

MLK Day – no classes!  Join us in honoring the memory of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. by participating in the Annual Villanova MLK Day of Service.

Theology on Tap begins!  Mondays from Jan 21st. to Feb 25th at Kelly’s Bar on Rt. 30.  First topic: “Searching for Answers: God, do You have a Plan for Me?” with Fr. Joe Mostardi.  Transportation available, details here.

Inauguration of President Barack Obama for his second term as the 44th President of the United States of America.

Tuesday, January 22nd

Wednesday, January 23rd

Come away and rest awhile.

“Man does not live on books alone.” -Matt Riddle. Take a break from words and come and rest in the Word.  Join the Spiritual Life Committee for Silent Prayer in Corr Chapel every Wednesday from 3-4:30.  Come and share the silence in this sacred place.  Stay as long as you desire.

“Be still and know that I am God.”

Thursday, January 24th

Theology Happy Hour!  All theology graduate students and significant others are welcome to attend our semester-opening Happy Hour at Garret Hill Ale House.  Meet in the department at 4pm to drive over, or else meet us there!

Friday, January 25th

March for Life in Washington DC.  Each year hundreds of thousands of people of all faiths march in solidarity with all of the men, women, and children harmed by abortion.  Email to reserve a spot and for more information.

Saturday, January 26th

Sunday, January 27th


Save the Date:


The Forgiving Victim: An Adult Christian Education Course for Small Groups.
In a small group, with shared meals and conversation, we will ask our honest, and even troubling, questions about the essence of Christian faith, Scripture, and how it is that someone might come to believe in the crucified and risen victim, Jesus.  Our meetings will take place on five Mondays from 5:15-7:30pm in St. Rita’s Hall.  Each session will include a short reading, a short video presentation by theologian James Alison, dinner, and lively conversation.

The sessions will be hosted by John Edwards, Ph.D. candidate and retreat coordinator, and Linda Jaczynski, Director of the Center for Spirituality and Discernment.  The dates for the course will be Feb. 11th, 18th, and 25th, and March 11th and 18th.  VU Faculty, staff, students, and STV staff and parishioners are welcome to register by Feb. 1st.  Check out some of the course materials, read about the author, and hear others’ experiences of taking the course at  To register for the course or for more information please contact John Edwards in the Center for Spirituality and Discernment at, or 610-519-3507.


Silent Retreat
 weekend led by Fr. Martin Laird, OSA, April 19-21, 2013.  Discount offered if you sign up through Campus Ministry. Email for more information.

While we live in the world’s wealthiest nation, 14.5% of U.S. households—nearly 49 million Americans, including 16.2 million children—struggle to put food on the table. The good news is that we CAN make a difference! The Walk+Run Against Hunger supports more than 100 food pantries, soup kitchens, and hunger-relief agencies in Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey.  Fellow student Chimere Holmes is fundraising and participating… get involved by supporting her team!  Your donation will help her and countless other runners and walkers get closer to crossing the finish line in the ongoing race against hunger.  Donate online here.  Contact Chimere with questions:

Conferences and Calls for Papers:

Call for Papers: the 9th Annual Archbishop Iakovos Graduate Student Conference in Patristic Studies to be held in Brookline, Massachusetts on March 7th- 9th, 2013.  The full call for papers can be viewed here.  **Partial financial aid for travel may be available!**

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.

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

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