Publications

The Office for Mission & Ministry produces or facilitates a variety of mission-related publications for the University community and the Catholic community at-large. We invite you to explore them below.

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Tolle Lege
("Take and Read") is a brief introduction to the history and heritage of Villanova University. It proposes to answer three basic questions: Who are we? How do we do it? and What do we hope to achieve? Short texts on The Rule of Augustine, his distinctive pedagogy and his spirituality illuminate the relevance of St. Augustine to the Villanova community. A prayer section at the center, institutional documents and a glossary at the end make it an especially useful guide for all Villanovans. First year students receive copies in their fall Augustine and Culture Seminar. The first edition was published in 2014.

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Heart of the Matter
is an annual publication that demonstrates that our distinctively Augustinian commitment to higher education is central to every facet of university life. Through its content, we show that integration of our Catholic intellectual tradition with faith, learning, service and the legacy of St. Augustine are fundamental to Villanova University.

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The Journal of Catholic Social Thought was established in 2003 and has been published twice yearly since 2004. It was created in direct response to a call from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to "integrate and to share the riches of the Church's social teaching in Catholic education and formation at every level." Annual subscriptions are available in both print and electronic format.

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Virtue and the Moral Life: Theological and Philosophical Perspectives
was published by Lexington Press in 2014. The collection of papers, which provides an excellent overview of virtue ethics, was the product of a two year-long lecture series designed and sponsored by the Office for Mission and Ministry.  The text features creative contributions from both established and more recent philosophers and theologians.

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Celebrating Paul: Festschrift in Honor of Jerome Murphy-O'Connor, O.P., and Joseph A. Fitzmyer, S.J.
was published in 2011 in collaboration with the Catholic Biblical Association of America. At the initiation of the Office for Mission and Ministry, Murphy-O'Connor and Fitzmeyer received honorary degrees at an opening ceremony during the Church's celebration of the Jubilee Year Dedicated to the Apostle Paul in 2008. Papers from a fall conference and a contributions from a year-long lecture series were published in this volume.   

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The Experience of God: A Postmodern Response
was published in 2005 by Fordham University Press as the result of an academic conference sponsored by the Office for Mission and Ministry in 2001. The essays in this collection seek to explore the topic again, drawing insights from phenomenology, theology, literature, and feminism. Throughout, this stimulating collection maintains a strong connection with concrete rather than abstract approaches to God.

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Seasonal Reflections
encourage spiritual formation and contemplation on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Office for Mission & Ministry invites members of the university community to prepare personal reflections on the readings contained in the Catholic Lectionary during the seasons of Advent and Lent. These are published in both print and electronic format each year

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For additional detail about any of these publications, contact Dr. Chris Janosik, Director of Planning and Research at christopher.janosik@villanova.edu