Winter Game Night!
 Saturday February 9th at Ben Winter’s apartment in Wynnewood. More details to follow; save the date for a cozy afternoon/evening of fun games!

The next Graduate Student Monthly Mass will be Tuesday February 5th at 5:30 in Corr Hall. Please email Daniel Madden at if you would like to serve, lector, minister, play music!

GTSC Professional Development announces a new program called “Second Opinion!” In this program each person who participates will be assigned a partner. By signing up you agree to commit an hour of your time to looking over your partner’s paper, draft, or outline. You will receive the same service in return! Check your inbox this week for more info, as well as the lounge for a sign up sheet!

CONCEPT Interdisciplinary Graduate Journal is in need of more submissions of graduate student papers for consideration for its 2013 issue. The deadline has been extended to February 8. Details are available on the CONCEPT website.

Join the Graduate Student Council!  This organization (not to be confused with our own GTSC) serves the entire population of graduate Arts & Sciences students in various disciplines.  Deadline for application is this Friday: details here.

This Week:

Monday, January 28th

Happy Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas!

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.

Tuesday, January 29th

Men’s Theology Intramural Basketball game @11PM in the Pavilion Gym! If you are up that late, come support “The Apocalypse!”

Wednesday, January 30th

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 31st

Friday, February 1st

Saturday, February 2nd

Sunday, February 3rd

Save the Date:

Winter Game Night! Saturday February 9th at Ben Winter’s apartment in Wynnewood. More details to follow; save the date for a cozy afternoon/evening of fun games!

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