Anyone intending to write a thesis next year should be aware that the deadline to submit a proposal is April 15th. Please review the guidelines here. Contact Ben or Charlie with any questions.

Lectures this week (more info below for each one):
  • “Peace in the World? Theology and Catholic Peacebuilding” Laurie Johnston, Emmanuel College; SAC – Rm 300 4:30 PM Tuesday April 9th
  • “Medicine as a Spiritual Experience: What Dr. Dan Learned from Fred” Driscoll Auditorium 4:30PM Thursday April 11
  • “Baseball as a Road to God,” John Sexton, Ph.D. St. Thomas of Villanova Church 7:00PM Thursday April 11
  • “The Mixed Life” Graduate Student Conference is Friday April 26th right here at Villanova. Sponsored by the Theology Institute, this day of lectures and scholarly synergy is a great chance to get to know fellow-students from all over the East Coast! The event begins in West Lounge, Dougherty Hall at 8:45, with the final lecture beginning at 2PM (Fr. Martin Laird, with responses by Dr. Kevin Hughes, and Dr. Kimberly Baker). Contact AJ for more info!

Salome, Vasey Theatre April 9 – 21, 2013 written by Oscar Wilde, directed by Rev. David Cregan, O.S.A., Ph.D

“Fills one’s veins with fire” – Backstage.  The linguistic genius behind The Importance of Being Earnest welcomes us into the visceral, intoxicating world of King Herod and his enticing young stepdaughter, Salome. After being rejected by John the Baptist, Salome’s unbridled desire for the pious prophet quickly turns into an uncontrollable lust for revenge. This sensational adaptation of the stunning Biblical tale dramatizes the eternal struggle between body and soul.

Free tickets available this Tuesday (preview night) and next Tuesday.  All showings are at 8PM except Sunday at 2PM and cost $8 for students. Call the Villanova Box Office at 610-519-7474 to purchase your ticket.

Keep checking the “Employment” tab for information on job postings!

This Week:

Monday, April 8th (Weather: high of 72 degrees)

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” Walt Whitman

Tuesday, April 9th (High of 80!)

“Peace in the World? Theology and Catholic Peacebuilding” Laurie Johnston; St Augustine Center – Room 300 4:30 PM

Dr. Johnston is Assistant Professor of Theology & Religious Studies at Emmanuel College in Boston. Her specialty is Christian social ethics, particularly questions of war and peacemaking. She also has interests in the areas of health care ethics, Islamic ethics, and questions about justice, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Her lecture is sponsored by the Office for Mission & Ministry and is part of a year long series of the Catholic peacemaking tradition.

Wednesday, April 10th (High of 80!)

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, April 11th

“Medicine as a Spiritual Experience: What Dr. Dan Learned from Fred” Driscoll Auditorium 4:30PM

Dr. Sulmasy is the Kilbride-Clinton Professor of Medicine and Ethics in the Department of Medicine and Divinity School at the University of Chicago, where he serves as Associate Director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics.  He received his A.B. and M.D. degrees from Cornell, his PhD in philosophy from Georgetown, and his internal medicine training at Johns Hopkins.  He is co-director of the University of Chicago’s new Program on Medicine and Religion.
His research encompasses both theoretical and empirical investigations of the ethics of end-of-life decision-making, ethics education, and spirituality in medicine.

“Baseball as a Road to God,” John Sexton, Ph.D. St. Thomas of Villanova Church 7:00PM

New York University’s President, John Sexton, Ph.D. will speak about his recently-published book, “Baseball as a Road to God.” Sexton illuminates the surprisingly large number of concepts shared between baseball and religion: faith, doubt, conversion, miracles, and even sacredness. Sexton elegantly demonstrates that baseball is more than a game, or even a national pastime; it can be a road to enlightenment!

Friday, April 12th

Join the Latin Lunch every other week at 12 in the theology department. No Latin Lunch this week – next is April 19th.

Saturday, April 13th

Sunday, April 14th

Save the Date:

Closing Prayer Service for the Theology department: Thursday, May 2nd, Corr Chapel.

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.