The Center for Faith and Learning provides opportunities for students and faculty to explore the vocation of the mind and the depths of the Spirit in the way of Augustine, who searched for knowledge in the context of community. The Center promotes critical inquiry among friends who enter into dialogue dedicated to the integration of faith and learning, the hallmark of Augustinian pedagogy.
The Center for Faith and Learning is rooted in the Catholic/Christian intellectual tradition and is a place where transformative, intellectual life is in dialogue with all faith traditions.
On April 23, 98 sophomore, junior and senior Scholars gathered with their faculty Mentors and distinguished guests in the Villanova Room for the final dinner-dialogue of the year. The article discussed was “Inspiring Faith and Engaging Reality: Promoting Virtue in a Secular Age”, by Mark Ravizza, SJ. The Faith and Learning Scholars program, now beginning its fifth year, is a three year long program and features “Dinner with Big Questions,” i.e. Augustinian-styled dinner dialogues held four times annually attended by the scholars seated together with their faculty mentors.
The 24 Senior Scholars of the Center for Faith and Learning Faith and Learning Scholars program pictured here with Director Dr. Beth Hassel, PBVM, D.Min (front row, right), received their set of red and gold Honor Cords, representing faith and wisdom, at the close of the event. Similar to their Mentors these are worn at Commencement:
Left to right, back row: Jessica Swoboda, Noah Thacker, Christian Bruni, Kelly Gabriel, Wyatt Kimble and Alexander Kuczmarski.
Middle row: Lilly Rizzo, Sara Thoms, Megan Hopkins, Conor Dawson, Meaghan McCann, Rosalina Jowers, Anna Bauer, Brian DiCola, Mark Mullany, and Kimberly Tower.
Front row: Sarah Garwood, Elisabeth Nichols, Colleen Francke, Elizabeth Prather, Jennifer Warren and Dr. Hassel, Director.
Not pictured: Alexander Abdalla, Tiffany Ferrette and Mary Sondermeyer.
On April 30, Faculty who have participated in the Center for Faith and Learning "Faculty Dialogue Luncheon" and "Faith and Learning Scholars" programs as presenters or mentors respectively gathered in Corr Hall Lounge to celebrate five years of the Center for Faith and Learning, 2010-2015. Attendees shared a meal and conversation to mark the occasion.
Exploring Teaching as Vocation
Tuesday October 6 from 12:00 p.m. till 1:15 p.m.
Witnessing to our Faith Traditions
The 15-16 faculty dialogue luncheons are being planned now. Please check back for updates. Thank you!
All events are held in Corr Hall Lounge.
For detailed information including names of prior faculty presenters, check the "Past Contributors" page under the Faculty Dialogue Luncheons page.
Senior Scholars Say:
"Our dinner dialogues were always like a breath of fresh air for me -- they helped me take a step back and consider my faith, something that I don't always make time for in my day-to-day life. Those moments became very important to me over the past three years."
"I have had the opportunity to meet a group of people all with the same focus of school and integrated faith. I never thought I would be able to connect with these students (and faculty) in one setting. I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to experience faith and learning these three years."
"I'm a more confident person. Not just in my faith life, though that's certainly true, but I feel like a more well-rounded individual for having participated in this program. I'm more open. I'm more comfortable talking about myself and my experiences."