About Us

We are a multidisciplinary academic faculty within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and rooted in a Roman Catholic, Augustinian heritage. We investigate Christian and non-Christian religious practices, beliefs, and traditions as we explore faith, reason, and culture in their many, textured relationships. Moreover, we emphasize the study of Catholicism in dialogue with other Christian traditions and world religions. With this endeavor, the Department serves as a resource for the University community, the extended local community, the national and global communities, and the Church.

We are committed to the Augustinian vision of “understanding what we believe” (On Free Choice of the Will 1.4). Just as Augustine engaged the cultural, intellectual, and religious traditions of his time to elucidate the nature of faith, we seek “the wisdom of truth” (veritas) in dialogue with learners different from ourselves (unitas) and with care for the world and its peoples (caritas). In so doing, we pursue a distinctively Augustinian way of knowing and loving God and neighbor that is holistic, integrative, and transformational.

We involve students of every religion, culture, and worldview in examining the enduring quest of faith seeking understanding. This quest is Christianity’s gift to a liberal arts education and a cornerstone of the Villanova experience. Furthermore, we regard religious, theological, and cultural literacy as the mark of a person educated in the Augustinian tradition and an indispensable resource for transforming global society into one enlightened by compassion, justice, and peace.

Approved on April 02, 2014

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Chair
Dr. Peter Spitaler

Undergraduate Program
Dr. Mark Graham

Graduate Admissions & Financial Aid
Dr. Timothy Brunk

Graduate Programming
Dr. Christopher Barnett

Ph.D. Program
Dr. Peter Spitaler

Assessment Coordinator
Dr. José Irizarry

Mailing Address
Villanova University
Dept. of Theology & Rel. Stud.
Saint Augustine Center 203
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Phone/Fax
Phone: 610.519.4730
Fax: 610.519.6697

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