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Faith & Learning Scholars Program

The Center for Faith & Learning Scholar Program will be ONLINE via Zoom during the Fall 2020While we are disappointed to leave the in-person dinner aspect of the program behind, it is part of our Caritas Commitment.

The Center for Faith and Learning hosts dialogue gatherings at which the 3 communities of Student Scholars and Faculty Mentors have the opportunity to discuss assigned academic readings as they:

  • explore the vocation of the mind and the depths of the Spirit within the context of community.
  • promote critical faith inquiry through open dialogue in a supportive community.

The Faith and Learning Scholars program is divided into 3 communities: sophomores, juniors and seniors. Faculty Mentors and Student Scholars together will:

  • discuss what it means to be engaged in a search for truth,
  • be dedicated to the pursuit of the intellectual life,
  • explore ways to balance contemplation and activity, and
  • consider one’s current and future potential for service to society

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

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 oif the Intellect" by Curtis Hancock and Brendan Sweetman
  • Fall—"St. Augustine: Continuum Library of Educational Thought" by Ryan Topping

St Augustine IV (Current Sophomores):

  • Olumoroti Adewole
  • Samantha Aitken
  • Jacob Artz
  • Rachel Batista
  • Riley Brady
  • Liam Brassington
  • Ken Fay
  • Megan Fitzpatrick
  • Stephanie Frank
  • Madison Hacker
  • Joe Holland
  • Tim Jacoboski
  • Derek Lattman
  • 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
  • Clare Sceski
  • Gabriele Slentz
  • Mackenzie Smith
  • Jane Stilwell
  • Daniella Tagliaferri
  • Maria Tagliaferri
  • Elizabeth (Liz) Thompson
  • Joshua Tsai
  • Sarah VanFleet
  • Constance Viollet
  • Chalize (Chali) White
  • Shenikah Yanes
  • Esmeralda Zere

St. Thomas Villanova III (Current Juniors):

  • Allison Baroni
  • Anthony Berna
  • Victoria Bock
  • Sofia Bottini
  • Jared Brewer
  • Cecelia Bushway
  • Andrew Ceonzo
  • Lucy Cobble
  • Pietro Delfanti
  • Dana Fahey
  • Lindsay Gallagher
  • Daniel C. Gorman
  • Clarissa Griffith
  • Erin Hanlon
  • Elizabeth Kelly
  • Julia Klembara
  • Elizabeth Liedtka
  • Cole Marcuccio
  • Jennie Meagher
  • Kelly Montesi
  • Julia Nema
  • Grace Ogden
  • Chiara Rego
  • Grace Roberto
  • Dylan Sawyer
  • Sydney Stewart
  • Marco Vazquez
  • Julia Woo
  • Matthew Ziarnik

St. Monica III Community (Current Seniors):

  • Kevin Abo
  • Sarah Baghdo
  • Lilian Bui
  • Gabriel Calvo
  • Michael Chadwell
  • Juliana Cosenza
  • Gregory Damas
  • Ha Dinh
  • Felicity Evans
  • Barbara Fiedorowicz
  • Jacob Galgano
  • Rebekah Hamblett
  • Elizabeth (Libby) Holmes
  • Lauren Hurley
  • Kai Ji
  • Evan Kohlsaat
  • Annelise Laughlin
  • Daphney Lebrun
  • Haley McClure
  • Erin McGarry
  • Lindsey McKula
  • Maria Molina
  • Alexandra Molino
  • Austin Nance
  • Tiffany Narvaez
  • Katherine (Kit) Neville
  • Anthony Petrosino
  • Kayleigh Purcell
  • Jack Riedl
  • Andrea Romano
  • Christopher Rose
  • Julia Rowan
  • Mikaela Sanson
  • Jessica Sardina
  • Dominic Sceski
  • Eliana Uriona
  • Shannon White
  • Christine Wiedenhoft
  • Grace Wittenberg
  • Dylon Wynne
  • Justin Yagozinski

St. Monica III Community (Mentors to current Seniors):

  • Luca Cottini (Romance Languages and Literature)
  • Allison Covey (Ethics)
  • Kevin DePrinzio (Theology & Religious Studies
  • Edward Fitzpatrick (Astrophysics & Planet Sciences)
  • Kenneth Fleischer (Theology & Religious Studies)
  • Gregory Grimes (Augustine & Culture Seminar)
  • Margaret Grubiak (Humanities)
  • Lowell Gustafson (Political Science)
  • Keith Henderson (Geology & the Environment)
  • Marylu Hill (Augustine & Culture Seminar)
  • Kevin Hughes (Theology & Religious Studies)
  • Helen Lafferty (Education and Counseling)
  • James Mendez (Nursing)
  • Susan Meyers (Nursing)
  • Kaitlyn Muller (Mathematics & Statistics)
  • Manuel Nunez (Management & Operations)
  • Tracy Oliver (Nursing)
  • Michael Peters (Accountancy)
  • Theresa Rissell (Economics)
  • Ann Scheve (Nursing)
  • Juanita Weaver (Communications)
  • Carol Weingarten (Nursing)
  • Robert West (Accountancy)
  • Jennifer Yost (Nursing)
St. Thomas Villanova II Community (Mentors to current Juniors)
  • Guy Aiken  (ACS)
  • Angelina Arcamore  (Nursing)
  • Charles Ashley  (Mathematics & Statistics)
  • Gerald Beyer  (Theology)
  • Craig Carpenter  (ACS)
  • Noel Dolan  (ACS, English)
  • Fr. Allan Fitzgerald, OSA  (Theology)
  • Audra Goodnight  (Ethics)
  • Marta Guron  (Chemistry)
  • Edward Hastings  (Theology, Religious Studies)
  • Rebeka Karrant (Electrical Engineering, Computers)
  • 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  (ACS)
  • Jim Reaves  (Management & Operations)
  • Kerry San Chirico  (Theology; Religious Studies)
  • Dana Saxon  (Physics)
  • Christina Whitehouse  (Nursing)
St. Augustine IV Community (Mentors to current Sophomores)
  • 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)
  • Peter Busch (ACS)
  • Paul Camacho (ACS)
  • Ian Clausen (ACS)
  • Christopher Daly (ACS)
  • Alexander Diaz-Lopez (Mathematics & Statistics)
  • Kathleen Iacocca (Management & Operations)
  • Rebeka Karrant (Engineering)
  • Fr. Martin Laird, OSA (Theology)
  • Esther Laury (Nursing)
  • Evie Lengetti (Nursing)
  • Rebecca Makas (ACS)
  • Bette Mariani (Nursing)
  • Michelle McKay (Nursing)
  • Craig McMahon, OSA (Economics)
  • 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)

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 regrdless 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. Asst. (part-time)

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

Student Applications for the CF&L Scholar program: The Application Process is now closed for the 2020-2021 academic year. 

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FACULTY MENTOR Applications:
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