Dear Friends & Colleagues,

We journey together into this holiest of weeks, into the heart of our faith.  Our prayers for peace and renewal are with everyone as we disburse for Triduum and Easter observances and celebrations.  If you’d like to learn more about the Catholic traditions surrounding this holy time, be sure to check out these two links!
May God bless us all at this holy time of prayer!


To-Do Before Easter Break

RSVP for the Theology Graduate Student “Mercy” retreat to be held in OC, NJ!  Details online here!  Register by emailing ASAP!

Contribute to Chimere Holme’s efforts for the Walk+Run Against Hunger.  Chimere is very close to reaching her fundraising goal, and your support could push her over the top!  All funds go to support soup kitchens, hunger-relief agencies, and food pantries in Southeastern PA and Southern Jersey.  Donate online here, and email Chimere with questions:

Join Cisco Fernandez on Saturday 3/30 for the AT&T Back on My Feet 5-Miler, aiding men and women experiencing homelessness to regain control of their lives.  Ways to get involved include preparing race bags, volunteering on race day, or running the race!  More info online here.  Email Cisco with questions:

Mark Your Calendar

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the last Graduate Student Monthly Mass of the semester – April 2nd at the 5:30 mass in Corr Chapel.

Come see a concert featuring our very own Amanda Mathew and her band, Struggle City, on Saturday April 6th in St. Mary’s Auditorium!  $7 in advance, $10 at the door – All Proceeds go to the Student-Run Emergency Housing Units of Philadelphia (SREHUP)

Dr. Sue Toton encourages all graduate students to stop in for all or part of the “Careers in Global Development Day” on Tuesday April 2 at 1:00- 5:30pm in the Villanova/ St. David’s/ Radnor rooms of the Connelly Center.  Presenters include professionals from CRS, ACUMEN, Global Water, and more.  Students will receive information and expert advice on the education and experience needed to pursue careers in these fields.  Recruiters from graduate programs, NGOs, study abroad, and overseas internship and volunteer opportunities will be available to meet one-on-one in the resource area.  More info online here – please stop by!

Please join us in Room 205 of Falvey Memorial Library on Wednesday, Apr. 3, at 1:00 p.m. for the Pope John Paul II Legacy Lecture featuring Christopher M. Bellitto, PhD, chair and associate professor of history, Kean University. Dr. Bellitto’s talk is titled “John Paul II’s Apologies: The Church Examines Her Conscience.”  More info here.

Other Announcements

Chimere Holmes is proudly coordinating Villanova University’s Second Annual Historic Black Church Tour!  Please join us Sunday April 7, 2013 as we journey to the renowned Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to fellowship, praise the Lord, and participate in a Meet & Greet with Reverend Dr. Alyn E. Waller.  This event is part of Villanova University’s  effort to appreciate the diverse religious traditions present on and around campus.  Such a shared experience not only enlightens our appreciation for each other as we stand before God, but also conveys a sense of common purpose in our call to love God and love our neighbor.  The event is free of charge, open to faculty, staff, and students.  Transportation is provided on behalf of the University.  Spots fill up quickly: RSVP to Chimere at or on Facebook.

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.

Conferences and Calls for Papers:

The American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, the journal of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, is pleased to announce its first annual Rising Scholar Essay Contest.  Any scholar who will not have attained the rank of associate professor by August 1, 2013, is invited to submit a paper that contributes to the development or elucidation of the Catholic philosophical tradition.  The award for the winning paper will be $500 and a free one-year membership in the American Catholic Philosophical Association.  Complete guidelines online.  The submission deadline is 5:00 p.m. (CST) on August 1, 2013.  Please direct all questions to

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

Molloy College in New York hosts “The Church and Women: 50 Years After Vatican II” on Friday, April 19th.  Registration is $40 and closes on Thursday, April 11th.