Annual Conference

Truth & Mystery: A Conference on Faith and Reason


April 12, 2012
All sessions from 1-6:30 pm are free and open to the public. They will take place in the St. Thomas of Villanova church on the Villanova University campus.

To assist us with planning we ask you to register for the conference. A registration link is below. Registration opens February 20, 2012.

  • 10:30am - Informal colloquium with Villanova faculty and graduate students
  • 12 Noon - Lunch, by invitation
  • 1:00pm -  Jean-Luc Marion
  • 2:15pm -  William Desmond, “Being True to Mystery: On Saturated Phenomena and the Hyperbole of Being´’
  • 3:30pm - Amy Hollywood
  • 4:45pm -  Coffee break
  • 5:15pm - General discussion
  • 6:30pm - Cocktails, by invitation
  • 7:30pm - Dinner, by invitation

Reading Group - Villanova faculty and graduate students interested in participating in a reading group prior to the conference can learn more by visiting


Contact Information

Dr. Carey Walsh, Ph.D.
Director, Theology Institute
Associate Professor of Theology

Ms. Joan Davis
Administrative Assistant

Papers Now Available

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Essays from the 2012 Conference, (vol. XLIV) are now available here. They explore the interplay of faith and reason in our capacities to know and communicate the truth in our experiences of mystery. Primary essays are by Jean-Luc Marion, William Desmond, and Amy Hollywood. In addition, several Villanova Faculty and graduate students have written responses to the essays. Feel free to read, browse, and enjoy any or all of the essays.