Main Event:

Food, Fire, and Fellowship Part 4: The Final Throwdown Hoedown – May 10th at 7pm at Matt Riddle’s house. Contact Matt with any questions. We will be organizing a car pool from campus – stay tuned for more info. This party is not to be missed!

What to keep on your schedule:

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Graduate Studies ceremony May 18th at 2pm on Mendel Field; reception to follow in the Connelly Center.

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

This Week:

Wednesday, May 8th

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 9th

Ascension of the Lord: Mass times on campus are 12:05 and 5:30 in the St. Thomas of Villanova Church, with the Vigil on Wednesday evening at 5:30 in Corr Chapel.

Sunday, May 12th

Happy Mother’s Day! Make sure you cook breakfast for Mom and clean out the dishwasher and vacuum the carpet; and, if you are a guy, get your sister to pick out a present for you to give; or, if you are a girl, pick out a gift for Dad so Mom doesn’t get pajamas for the third year in a row.

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.