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Week of 2 December 2019


Mindfulness Meditation and Centering Prayer

Mindfulness: Mondays, 12:45–1:15pm in St. Rita Hall Community Room
Centering Prayer: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:45–1:15pm in St. Rita Hall Community Room

Mindfulness has been proven to promote peace and well-being. Please join us as we sit together to practice mindfulness and quiet Centering Prayer. All are welcome.


Weekly Mass

Wednesdays at 12:05pm in the Chapel of Our Lady, Mirror of Justice, dedicated in memory of Helen A. O’Connor. If you have any questions, please email Mat Verghese.

The University schedule of worship opportunities is available at

Spiritual Direction available. Contact

The last Mass of the semester will be December 11th.


VU Christmas Concert with the Pastoral Musicians

Wednesday, December 4, 7:30pm in St. Thomas of Villanova Church


Advent Retreat for Faculty, Staff and Graduate/Law Students

Thursday, December 5, 10am-1pm in East Dougherty Lounge

Join Father Kevin DePrinzio, OSA, as he leads a morning of reflection as we meditate on what Advent means to us and ask the question: "What are you waiting for?" Lunch to follow in St. Rita Hall. Click here to register.



Advent Reconciliation Service

Monday, December 9, 7pm in St. Thomas of Villanova Church


23rd Annual Public Interest Auction

Saturday, February 22, 6pm at the Law School



60th Annual Reimel Competition Winners

Please join the Moot Court Board in congratulating Karina Norwood and Cecilia Carreras, who won the 60th Annual Theodore L. Regime Competition! The judges also gave Cecilia the award for Best Oralist in the Final Round. 

The Board commends Finalists Mary Haggerty and Alice Douglas for their outstanding performance in the final round; the judges were effusive in their praise for all four competitors.

Additionally, we congratulate:

Sarah Blum and Katie Carden for winning Best Brief for Petitioner,

Andrew Todd and Zach Epstein for winning Best Brief for Respondent,

Rachel Levy for winning Best Overall Oralist.

Finally, we thank the entire Villanova Law community for supporting the Reimel Competition.


Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

The Law School will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 28th and 29th, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The building and library will be accessible via swipe access from 5pm on Wednesday, November 27th until 7am on Monday, December 2nd. The library circulations desk will be staffed Sunday, December 1st from 2pm-9pm.


ChIPs Student Chapter Launch

This is a great opportunity for women law students who are interested in intellectual property. Professor Nancy Frandsen (Trademarks Law) is organizing a new Student Chapter in Philadelphia for the ChIPs Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Women in Technology - Law & Policy. 

ChIPs is holding several events this year that focus on the student chapter with the ultimate goal of developing an internship program or job list to assist our student members. Interested students are welcome to sign up at the ChIPS website to register.  

Please feel free to contact Professor Frandsen with any questions at


Gazette Submissions

The December 2nd issue will be the final Gavel Gazette for this semester. Items for that issue must be submitted to by 3pm on Tuesday.