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Faith & Learning Scholars Program

The Center for Faith and Learning hosts dialogue gatherings at which Student Scholars and Faculty Mentors

  • promote critical inquiry of faith, the intellect and one's life journey through open dialogue in a supportive community
  • discuss what it means to be engaged in a search for truth and the intellectual life
  • explore ways to balance contemplation and activity
  • consider one’s current and future potential for service to community and society as a whole.
Student Scholars and Faculty Mentors attend 4 Dinner Dialogues per academic year. During each dinner, participants discuss provided texts and how it relates to one's faith journey and the community.

These are the readings Scholars and Mentors discuss during the dinners:

2021-2022 Academic Year:

2020–2021 Academic Year:

2019–2020 Academic Year:

2018–2019 Academic Year:

  • Fall 2018—"Exiles from Eden: Religion and the Academic Vocation in America" by Mark R. Schwehn (Ch. 3 - Spirited Inquiry)
    -  Leading Discussion Question for evening

  • Late Fall 2018—"A Good Man Is Hard To Find" by Flannery O'Connor
    — Audio of Flannery O'Connor reading "A Good Man Is Hard To Find"
    —Leading Questions

  • Winter 2018-2019—"The Screwtape Letters: Letters I, II, XXV, XXVII" by C.S. Lewis 
    Leading Questions for Screwtape Letters

  • Spring 2019—"Letter to an Aspiring Intellectual: Outlines of the Life of the Mind" by Paul J. Griffiths; First Things: May 2018

    Leading Questions for "Letter to an Aspiring Intellectual"

2017–2018 Academic Year:

  • Spring—"Character and Vocation" by Douglas and Rhoda Jacobsen (Ch. 10 - No Longer Invisible: Religion in University Education)
  • Winter—"Why Believe?" by John Cottingham  (Ch. 1 - Belief & its Benefits)
  • Late Fall—"Habits of the Mind: Intellectual Life as a Christian Calling" by James W. Sire  (Ch. VII - The Intellectual Disciplines)
  • Fall—"What a Student Owes His Teacher" by James V. Schall, SJ  and "Convictions" by Douglas and Rhoda Jacobsen (Ch. 9 - No Longer Invisible: Religion in University Education)

2016-2017 Academic Year:

  • Spring 2017—"Courage & Calling: Embracing Your God-given Potential" by Gordon Smith
  • Winter 2017—"Augustine and Liberal Education" by Kim Pattenroth and Kevin Hughes (editors)
  • Late Fall—"Faith and the Life of the Intellect" by Curtis Hancock and Brendan Sweetman
  • Fall—"St. Augustine: Continuum Library of Educational Thought" by Ryan Topping

St. Thomas Villanova III (Current Seniors):

  • Allison Baroni
  • Anthony Berna
  • Victoria Bock
  • Sofia Bottini
  • James Braverman Jr
  • Jared Brewer
  • Cecelia Bushway
  • Andrew Ceonzo
  • Lucy Cobble
  • Pietro Delfanti
  • Dana Fahey
  • Lindsay Gallagher
  • Daniel C Gorman
  • Erin Hanlon
  • John Hernick
  • Elizabeth Kelly
  • Julia Klembara
  • William Lay
  • Elizabeth Liedtka
  • Cole Marcuccio
  • Jennie Meagher
  • Jason Mitala
  • Kelly Montesi
  • Julia Nema
  • Chiara Rego
  • Grace Roberto
  • Dylan Sawyer
  • Sydney Stewart
  • Marco Vazquez
  • Julia Woo

St Augustine IV (Current Juniors):

  • Olumoroti Adewole
  • Samantha Aitken
  • Jacob Artz
  • Rachel Batista
  • Riley Brady
  • Liam Brassington
  • Ryan Corsello
  • Dan Dilullo
  • Kenneth Fay
  • Megan Fitzpatrick
  • Stephanie Frank
  • Madison Hacker
  • Joe Holland
  • Tim Jacoboski
  • Derek Lattman
  • Chris Leonard
  • Ava Lundell
  • Grace Lundell
  • Aisling (MG) Maguire
  • Annie Mantei
  • Emma McCormack
  • Joselyn Miranda Barreto
  • Martina Morrell
  • Cathy Nguyen
  • Colleen O'Connor
  • Manuela Ospina
  • Madeleine Sateri
  • Erika Scales
  • Clare Sceski
  • Gabriele Slentz
  • Mackenzie Smith
  • Jane Stilwell
  • Daniella Tagliaferri
  • Maria Tagliaferri
  • Elizabeth Thompson
  • Joshua Tsai
  • Sarah VanFleet
  • Constance Viollet
  • Shekinah Yanes
  • Esmeralda Zere

St. Monica IV Community (Current Sophomores):

  • Callen Bartlett
  • Madeline Bens
  • Michael Blandino
  • Hannah Cohen
  • Luca Covino
  • Robert Cuff
  • Sadia DeCastro
  • Joseph DeMarco
  • Megan Dettloff
  • Natalie Didomenico
  • Ryan Dougherty
  • Daniella Gangi
  • Peter Keepman
  • Nicholas Kennedy
  • Chelsea Le
  • Caitlin MacVarish
  • Ethan Maharas
  • Grace Manion
  • Jennifer McMahon
  • Madeleine McMaster
  • Julia Messina
  • Amelia Morning
  • Mackenzie O'Bryan
  • Lily Panunto
  • Reagan Penn
  • Anna Preston
  • Kaya Robinson
  • Abigail Stewart
  • Nicholas Wiggenhorn

St. Thomas Villanova III Community (Mentors to current Seniors)

  • Guy Aiken  (ACS)
  • Angelina Arcamone  (Nursing)
  • Charles Ashley  (Mathematics & Statistics)
  • Craig Carpenter  (ACS)
  • Noel Dolan  (ACS, English)
  • Fr. Allan Fitzgerald, OSA  (Theology)
  • Audra Goodnight  (Ethics)
  • Edward Hastings  (Theology, Religious Studies)
  • Peter Koch  (Philosophy)
  • Jeffrey Koller  (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Stephen Liedtka  (Accountancy)
  • Katherine Lucatorto  (Nursing)
  • Linda Maldonado  (Nursing)
  • Connie Murphy (Chemistry
  • Stephen Napier (Philosophy)
  • Betty Patch  (ACS)
  • Darren Poley  (Falvey Library; Theology)
  • Jim Reaves  (Management & Operations)
  • Kerry San Chirico  (Theology; Religious Studies)
  • Dana Saxon  (Physics)
St. Augustine IV Community (Mentors to current Juniors)
  • Samer Abboud (Global Interdisciplinary Studies)
  • Gabriele Bauer (VITAL)
  • Aronte Bennett (Marketing & Business Law)
  • Timothy Brunk (Theology, Religious Studies)
  • Francis Burns (Public Administration)
  • Sherry Burrell (Nursing)
  • Kim Cahill (Global Leadership)
  • Paul Camacho (Humanities)
  • Ian Clausen (ACS)
  • Christopher Daly (ACS)
  • Fr. Kevin DePrinzio (Theology)
  • Alexander Diaz-Lopez (Mathematics & Statistics)
  • Kathleen Iacocca (Management & Operations)
  • Rebeka Karrant (Engineering)
  • Fr. Martin Laird, OSA (Theology)
  • Evie Lengetti (Nursing)
  • Rebecca Makas (ACS)
  • Bette Mariani (Nursing)
  • Michelle McKay (Nursing)
  • Rabih Moussawi (Finance)
  • Delia Popa (Philosophy)
  • Bernard Scianna, OSA (Student Life)
  • Kristyn Sessions (Ethics)
  • Amber Stuver (Physics)
  • Helena Tomko (Philosophy)
  • Rev. Naomi Washington-Leapheart (Peace & Justice)
St. Monica IV Community (Mentors to current Sophomores)
  • Mary Ann Cantrell (Nursing)
  • Fr. Francis Caponi, OSA (Honors Program/Theology)
  • Allison Covey (Ethics)
  • Aimee Eggler (Chemistry)
  • Ken Fleischer (Theology)
  • Gregory Grimes (Theology)
  • Lowell Gustafson (Political Science)
  • Keith Henderson (Geology & the Environment)
  • William Horne (ACS
  • Kevin Hughes (Theology)
  • Helen Lafferty (Education & Counseling)
  • Jeanne Liedtka (Marketing & Law)
  • Jean Lutes (English)
  • James Mendez (Nursing)
  • Manuel Nunez (Management & Operations)
  • Mary Ellen O'Donnell (Theology)
  • Rena Potok (ACS, English)
  • Megan Povelones (Biology)
  • Theresa Rissell (Economics)
  • Ann Scheve (Nursing)
  • Troy Shirangi (Biology)
  • Gina Talley (History)
  • Thomas Umile (Chemistry)
  • Ward Utter (Management & Operations)
  • Juanita Weaver (Communications)
  • Carol Weingarten (Nursing)
  • Teresa Wojcik (Education & Counseling)

How have the readings helped you?

  • "The readings helped me to delve deeper into issues of faith and reason that I had not previously thought about."
  • "The readings are a great jumping off point for discussing how faith is involved in my everyday life.  The most helpful part of the program is realizing how there is always room for faith in the day to day happenings of life."
  • "The readings help provide insight on topics that are hard to bring up and harder to force yourself to think about. They also help make a starting point for a conversation during dinner."

What is your favorite part of being a Scholar?

  • "Getting a chance to discuss faith with people from all different backgrounds."
  • "Intergenerational dialogue with other members of the Villanova community - a real conversation over good food.

How has being a scholar in the Faith and Learning Scholars community helped you?

  • "Being a scholars in the Faith and Learning Scholars community has given me the ability to develop relationships with faculty mentors as well as other students who are interested in discussing matters of faith and reason."

How has the Scholar and Mentor relationship helped you?

  • "My mentor helped show me how these discussions will remain important in the years beyond graduation and how to keep them a part of my
  • "My mentor has allowed me to gain an understanding of how you can definitely live a principled life regardless of occupation. Honestly, my mentor has been an immense inspiration as a woman committed to her faith and job. Faith is something that appears ever present to her regardless of how busy or overwhelmed she may become."
2019 Senior Scholars were recognized at the program's final dinner-dialogue of the year on April 2, 2019. Congratulations to our Graduates and many thanks to our Faculty Mentors who have completed their 3 year service to our program.
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Beth Hassel, Director
Suzanne Teleha, Admin. Assistant

Corr Hall, Rooms 3 and 4 
(610) 519-3261

Submission of Student Scholar Applications for the CF&L Scholar program has concluded for the 2022-2023 academic year.. Please contact Suzanne Teleha with questions. 

Faculty Mentor Applications for the CF&L Scholar program are now being accepted.