Lectures and Workshops

In addition to collaborating with academic departments and programs to achieve common goals, the Office for Mission & Ministry initiates a wide variety of scholarly and pastoral events to engage and inspire the campus community. Among annual activities sponsored by the office are:

Lectures and Symposia

The office sponsors a significant number of lectures each semester. Among its most prominent contributions were a year long multi-lecture series in support of the Jubilee Year Dedicated to the Apostle Paul (2008) and a similar program in celebration of the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Franciscan Order and the relevance of the Franciscan Traditon (2009). Over the course of 2010-2012, the office sponsored a series of lectures on Virture Ethics. which was published in book form. The office currently coordinates three annual lecture programs:

  • Lectures on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition
    focus on giants of the tradition, Augustine, Aquinas, Bonaventure, among others as a means of porfessional development for Villanova faculty.

  • Catholic Imagination and the Arts Series
    is designed to demonstrate how religious faith informs and inspires the work of artists, writers, poets, playwrights, musicians, film makers and culture in the broadest sense.

  • Augustinian Heritage Month
    Originally conceived as "Lectures in Augustinian Spirituality to demonstrate the relevance of St. Augustine to young adults living in the 21st century, this collection of programs is now celebrated as Augustinian Heritage Month.

Additional lectures, panel discussions and performances are scheduled throughout the year in collaboration with academic departments and programs.

Curriculum Development Workshop

To encourage the use of Catholic social teaching in the classroom at every level, the Office for Mission & Ministry sponsors a week-long curriculum development workshop.  

Annual Workshop

Catholic Social Teaching and Issues of Justice is a curriculum development workshop designed to encourage faculty to become familiar with the core principles of Catholic social teaching and to explore ways to enrich an existing course syllabus with exposure to Catholic social teaching.