Winter Game Night! The festivities will begin at 5:30 on Saturday, February 9th at Ben Winter’s apartment (150 E Wynnewood Road, Apt 23-L, 19096). Email Ben to RSVP or with questions. Significant others welcome. Please bring a small dish or drink to share.

GTSC Professional Development announces a new program called “Second Opinion!”   The goal of this initiative is to pair up students with a partner for peer review on academic work.  Details in your inbox and sign-ups in the Department.

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.

GSC Winter Social: meet students from other graduate departments on campus!  Details below under “Friday.”

The “Employment” tab is back!  Please email employment opportunities you are aware of to Lauren:, and they will be posted on the “Employment” page on this blog.

This Week:

Monday, February 4th

Theology on Tap continues!  Mondays from Jan 21st. to Feb 25th at Kelly’s Bar on Rt. 30.  Transportation available, details here.

Tuesday, February 5th

Villanova University’s Spring Career Fair in the Villanova Room, Connelly Center, 2-6pm.  See which employers are attending here.

Graduate Student Monthly Mass!  5:30 in Corr Hall. Please email Daniel Madden at if you would like to serve, lector, minister, play music! Students of all faiths welcome; non-Catholics are reminded of the guidelines for receiving communion here.

Wednesday, February 6th

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.”

Latin Lunch resumes on campus at 12:30PM. For details, email Charlie or Ben.

Thursday, February 7th

Taize Prayer at Franciscan Spiritual Center, Our Lady of Angels Chapel, Neumann University (about 30 mins south of VU), 7-8pm. “This type of prayer includes songs, readings and shared silence in an atmosphere of simplicity and tranquility.” Address & info here.

Augustine and the Psalms – Augustine Seminar part 1 to be led by Dr. Kimberly Baker, the Patricia H. Imbesi St. Augustine Fellow. Lunch will be served.  Email Lauren ( for preparatory readings.  RSVP to Fr. Fitzgerald so enough food will be prepared! (  Fedigan Room, 12:00 – 1:30pm.
Augustine read the Psalms as the words of Christ, leading him to a broader under standing of what it means to talk about the ‘whole Christ’ (totus Christus) as the union of Christ and the Church. The seminar will offer an opportunity to see just what went into his intellectual development.

Friday, February 8th

Deadline for VU’s CONCEPT Interdisciplinary Graduate Journal.  Details are available on the CONCEPT website.

GSC Winter Social!  Meet students from other departments at this Grad-Student event.  3rd floor of Kelly’s Pub, Bryn Mawr.  7-9pm, cocktail attire.

Saturday, February 9th

Winter Game Night! Saturday February 9th at Ben Winter’s apartment in Wynnewood. Email Ben to RSVP or with questions.

Sunday, February 10th

Save the Date:

Augustine Seminar II – February 21 – Fedigan Room 12:00-1:30.  Dr. Kimberly Baker, the Patricia H. Imbesi St. Augustine Fellow, leads the discussion.  Augustine’s preaching to the newly baptized built on their understanding of the Scripture and the Creed by explaining the sacraments that they had just experienced: baptism and Eucharist. Their very identity was now tied to those sacraments.  RSVP to Fr. Fitzgerald for lunch!

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:

Leuven Encounters Systematic Theology: Call for papers for the annual conference on “Mediating Mysteries, Understanding Liturgies.”  More info here.

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.

The Portsmouth Institute ( has announced that its fifth annual conference will be held June 7-9, 2013, on Catholicism and the American Experience. More info at their website above.  Speakers include George Wiegel and Peter Steinfels, among others.