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Office for Mission & Ministry Events  

Campus Ministry Events

Previous Events 

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On Tuesday, December 6, 2016, we hosted an informal workshop with Dr. Menachem Lorberbaum. He shared his paper, "Rethinking the Medieval Theological Turn," with faculty and graduate students from the Department of Theology and Religious Studies as well as other departments and groups on campus.

Dr. Menachem Lorberbaum is Professor of Jewish Philosophy at Tel Aviv University and, this year, a Distinguished Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies. 

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On Saturday December 3, 2016, the GTSC invited us to the Corr Chapel for the Advent Retreat. Students, faculty and family, participated in the visio divina, Christmas Trivia, and Taize Prayer.

The Advent Retreat had plenty of silence, but silence in a good sense. Each Activity was a true reflection of God's presense.

The GTSC would like to thank all attendees for coming and sharing the afternoon with us and they look forward to your participation at events in 2017! 

On Tuesday, November 29th at 5pm, Dr. Massimo Faggioli presented "A Faith for Two Cities: Catholicism and Citizenship in the 21st Century"

The lecture will take a new look at the political cultures of Catholicism articulated at the Second Vatican Council, especially but not only in the constitution “Gaudium et Spes”. The lecture will look at the present moment with a particular attention to the crisis in the political ethos of Catholicism today as something that has its roots in the crisis in the reception of Gaudium et Spes in Catholicism during these last thirty years, especially in the USA. As part of a new book that will be published by Liturgical Press next spring, these reflections are a call to citizenship and a call for a culture of engagement and of encounter, in light of what the pontificate of pope Francis says about the legacy of Vatican II and the role of the Catholic Church today.


Friday November 18th: 1-4:00pm

This last Friday was the GTSC’s annual graduate student conference, Portio Creaturae Tuae (Part of Your Creation). We gathered in Falvey Library, attendees ranging from graduate students and faculty members to outside visitors. After kicking things off just after 1pm with PhD student Mat Verghese presenting on Angela of Foligno the event ran flawlessly, shifting seamlessly between presentations, questions, and responses. At the conclusion of the event, there was a potluck with the graduate student.

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On Wednesday November 9, TRS faculty and our inaugural cohort of PhD students gathered together to discuss the crucial role of mentorship in doctoral studies. Dr. Jean-Pierre Ruiz (St. John’s University, NY) invited us to critically reflect on on our past experiences and future imaginings of academic apprenticeship. We highlighted the fundamental yet often neglected role of the personal and intersubjective in the formation of scholars. Further questions for consideration: Which models of mentoring best serve doctoral students and the future of higher education? What types of practices and structures encourage mentoring relationships to flourish within the academy? How can mutuality and hierarchy inform one another within academic apprenticeship? This conversation was the first in a series of three Collaborative Apprenticeship Sessions (CAS) funded by a grant from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. These conversations will shape the integrated Theological Education Formation Program of our PhD in Theology


On October 27 and 28, 2016, Villanova University held a conference entitled "Kierkegaard, Augustine, and the Catholic Tradition." It was hosted by Jack Doody of the Villanova Center for Liberal Education and Christopher Barnett of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies. The aim of the conference was to put the thought of Søren Kierkegaard in conversation with the Catholic intellectual tradition; paper topics included comparisons of Kierkegaard's theological anthropology to that of Augustine of Hippo, as well as wider ecclesiological and philosophical considerations. Invited speakers included Lee Barrett (Lancaster Theological Seminary), John D. Caputo (Villanova University), Cyril O'Regan (University of Notre Dame), and George Pattison (University of Glasgow).


On Thursday November 20th, Villanova University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences officially welcomed the inaugural class of its new doctoral program in Theology

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