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With World Meeting of Families and the Pope's Philadelphia Visit Approaching, Villanova Engages in Events and Discussions Surrounding the Papacy, Church and Family

VILLANOVA, Pa. – As the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) and Pope Francis’ September visit to Philadelphia approach, the Villanova University community will engage in numerous activities, events and discussions on various topics having to do with the Pope, the Church and family. Below is an overview of these events and programs, as well as the University’s involvement in the WMOF and the Pope’s Visit. Click here for information about Villanova's campus preparations and changes to University operation.

The Communication Style of Pope Francis: Aug. 31

On Monday, Aug. 31, Villanova University will welcome Fr. John Wauck, professor of Literature and Communication of the Faith at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, to give an insider’s look at the unique communication style of Pope Francis. The event will take place in Bartley Hall Room 1011, at 11 a.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-Sponsored by The Center for Church Management & Business Ethics in the Villanova School of Business and the Department of Communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

At Home Together: The Church and the Immigrant Family: Sept. 1

In advance of Pope Francis’ visit to participate in the 2015 World Meeting of Families, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Center for Migration Studies of New York, Villanova University, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and Migration and Refugee Services/US Conference of Catholic Bishops will host an evening event on the challenges facing immigrant families in the United States and the Catholic Church’s response. The event is free and will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 6-9 p.m. at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center (222 North 17 Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.)

First Impressions: Pope Francis' Encyclical: Sept. 16

On Wednesday, Sept. 16, five Villanova University faculty members will offer their first impressions of "Laudato Si," Pope Francis' recent encyclical. Participating faculty include Chaone Mallory (Philosophy), Mark Graham (Theology & Religious Studies), Christopher Kilby (Economics), Daniel Mark (Political Science) and Keith Henderson (Geography & the Environment). The panel will be moderated by Mark Doorley (Ethics). The session is at 6 p.m. in Driscoll Auditorium. This event is free and open to the general public. It is sponsored by co-sponsored by the Ethics Program, the Center for Peace & Justice Education, the Philosophy Department, the Department of Theology & Religious Studies, the Department for Geography & the Environment, the Center for Energy & Environmental Education and the Villanova University Office of Sustainability.

Volunteer Activities: Sept. 18, Sept. 26

The Villanova community (students, faculty, staff and parishioners) will be volunteering in a number of ways during the World Meeting of Families and the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia. On Friday, Sept. 18, a group of Villanovans will assist in putting together ‘Pilgrim Packs’ at the Philadelphia Convention Center for the following week’s World Meeting of Families. On Saturday, Sept. 26, members of the Villanova community will assist with guest relations and crowd support at the Festival of Families on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Villanova will have two city blocks that it is responsible for throughout the day. The University’s group of volunteers will provide volunteer support in a variety of roles along two city blocks.

Villanova Faculty Participating in Sessions at the World Meeting of Families: Sept. 22, 24-25

  • Anna Bonta Moreland, PhD (Associate Professor, Theology), “Family: the home of holy anarchy,” Session: Special Evening Session, Tuesday, Sept. 22 (7:00 – 8:30 pm)
  • Daniel I. Mark, PhD (Assistant Professor, Political Science), “Home Improvement: Forgiveness and Family Life,” Session: Breakout, Thursday, Sept. 24 (11:45 am – 12:45 pm)
  • Mary Hirschfeld, PhD (Assistant Professor, Economics and Theology), “Supporting the Common Good through Your Purchases and Spending,” Session: Breakout, Friday, Sept. 25 (11:45 am – 12:45 pm)

Villanova Choirs to Sing at WMOF Event: Sept. 24

On Thursday, Sept. 24 at 8pm, the combined Villanova University choirs will be singing a marriage themed oratorio, The Wedding Feast of the Lamb, as an auxiliary event during the World Meeting of Families.  The concert will be held at St. John the Evangelist at 13th & Market with an Orchestra comprised of students from the Girard Academic Music Program (GAMP) and String Theory Charter School. The event, which will be attended by a delegation of Irish Bishops, is free and open to the public. Click here for more.

Campus Viewing of Papal Mass: Sept. 27

The University is planning a viewing of the Sunday, Sept. 27 Papal Mass in the Connelly Center for Villanova students and parishioners of St. Thomas of Villanova Church. The Mass will be shown throughout Connelly Center, including Belle Air Terrace and The Villanova Room.

Villanova Professor to Deliver Lecture on "Pope Francis: Care for our Common Home”: Sept. 30

On Sept. 30, Sr. Ilia Delio of Villanova's Theology faculty will speak about Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical, "Laudato Si." The lecture, entitled "Pope Francis: On Care for our Common Home,” is free and open to the public. It will take place in St. Thomas of Villanova Church at 7:30 p.m.

Villanova Students Chosen as Part of @PopeIsHope Digital Street Team

Richelle Hurley ‘17, Elizabeth Manheimer ‘17, and Sophie Pizzi ’17 were chosen as members of the @PopeIsHope Digital Street Team. During Pope Francis’ visit to the United States, they will create and share social media content to engage fellow young people and create a dialogue around this historic visit.

World Meeting of Families: Family Photo Submission

In celebration of World Meeting of Families 2015 and Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia, Villanova University’s Falvey Memorial Library is inviting the Villanova community to celebrate family by sharing a family photo. There are two ways to participate: 1.) Bring in a copy of your favorite family photo and hang it on the library display window; or 2.) Post your family photo on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram with the hashtag #falveyfamily and Falvey will hang the photo for you. #VillanovaUatWMF #popeinphilly #wmf2015

Catholic Social Teaching Lecture Series to focus on “The Family and Gaudium et Spes”

Sponsored by Villanova University’s Office for Mission & Ministry, the 2015-16 Catholic Social Teaching Lecture Series will focus on The Family and Gaudium et Spes. The events are free and open to the public. Beginning in November, this five-part series continues through March:

  • Water is Thicker Than Blood: Adoption, Social Justice and Catholic Teaching About Families (Nov. 11, 2015; Driscoll Hall Auditorium at 4 p.m.; Speaker: Darlene Fozard Weaver, Duquesne University)
  • Fatherhood at Will: Philosophical Reflections on Catholic Social Teaching and a Role in Flux (Nov. 16, 2015; Driscoll Hall Auditorium at 4 p.m.; Speaker: Bernard G. Prusak, King’s College)
  • Collateral Consequences: The Impact of Mass Incarceration on Families and Communities (Jan. 28, 2016; St. David’s-Radnor Room of Connelly Center at 4 p.m.; Speaker: Jill McCorkel, Villanova University)
  • Gaudium et Spes and Immigrant Families 50 Years Later (Feb. 11, 2016; St. David’s-Radnor Room of Connelly Center, Time TBD; Speaker: Mary Holper, Boston College)
  • Gaudium et Spes and the Family: A Social Tradition with Room to Grow (March 15, 2016; St. Augustine Center Rm 300 at 4 p.m.; Speaker: Kathryn Getek Soltis, Villanova University

In the News

Click here for an overview of Villanova University media coverage surrounding the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis’ historic visit to Philadelphia.