Main Event:

Theology department closing prayer service Thursday May 2nd at 4:15 in Corr Chapel followed by a reception in Corr Lobby. What a wonderful opportunity to get together one last time in prayer and thanksgiving!

What to keep on your schedule: 

Food, Fire, and Fellowship Part 4: The Final Throwdown Hoedown – May 10th at Matt Riddle’s house.

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

This Week:

Monday, April 29th

All are welcome to join us for an evening of prayer with the Blessed Sacrament in Corr Chapel on Monday, April 29th. Adoration starts at 6:00 pm and ends at 9:00 pm. You are welcome to come and go at anytime. Please join us in Corr Hall for refreshments and fellowship after Benediction.

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Silent prayer
6:30 pm – 7:00 pm: Music
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm: Rosary followed by silent prayer
7:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Music
8:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Silent prayer
8:30 pm – 9:00 pm: Reflection by Fr. Joe Mostardi and Benediction

Please contact Mary Gandeza with any questions.

Tuesday, April 30th

Wednesday, May 1st

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, May 2nd

The last day of classes! And then join us for the closing prayer serving at 4:15pm in Corr Chapel.

Friday, May 3rd

Latin Lunch — Contact Ben ( if you are not on the email list and would like to participate. Since the semester is winding down, our schedule has been sporadic!

Saturday, May 4th

Sunday, May 5th

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Not to be confused with Mexican Independence Day which happened over 50 years prior, this date marks the anniversary of the battle in 1862 in which the Mexican army, a patch of rag-tag loyalists thrown together at the last minute, fortified the town of Puebla and fought the overwhelmingly stronger French army, commissioned by Napoleon to conquer new territory. After a French assault from the north, the outmatched and under-supplied Mexican army held the town of Puebla throughout the day. And after killing 500 of the French army, they finally caused the French to retreat. It was a small yet symbolically significant victory, for it marked the grit and will of the Mexican army and bolstered the residence movement that would eventually drive out the French six years later. The United States has certainly taken a liking to this holiday – it gives us a chance to celebrate Mexican culture and heritage as well as victory when victory did not seem possible. It gives us the opportunity to recognize our neighbors to the south and the Mexican-Americans in our communities. And it gives us a chance to dance to mariachi music, drink margaritas, and try out different traditional Mexican recipes. Enjoy!

Conferences and Calls for Papers:

1. Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies (PMR) at Villanova University invites you to participate in its 38th International PMR Conference October 18-20, 2013. As always, the PMR makes an OPEN CALL to scholars, institutions, and societies to propose Papers, Panels, or Sponsored Sessions in all areas and topics in LATE ANTIQUITY/PATRISTICS, BYZANTINE STUDIES, MEDIEVAL STUDIES, ISLAMIC STUDIES, JEWISH STUDIES, and RENAISSANCE & REFORMATION STUDIES. The PMR committee this year makes a special invitation to scholars from all disciplines in these fields to address our plenary theme: Deep Unto Deep: Exploring Mystery, Human and Divine, featuring Bernard McGinn, University of Chicago Divinity School and Amy Hollywood, Harvard Divinity School. The intent of our “conference within a conference” this year is to explore these questions of human and divine mystery through the prisms of philosophy, theology, art, architecture, poetry, and cultural history. We invite scholars of European, Byzantine, and Islamic and Jewish studies to join in our exploration of so significant a paradox in the pre-modern Mediterranean world. The deadline for submission is June 15, 2013. More information here.
2. 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
3. Leuven Encounters Systematic Theology: Call for papers for the annual conference on “Mediating Mysteries, Understanding Liturgies.”  More info here.
4. 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.