College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Falvey Memorial Library to Present Conversation Series on Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium

VILLANOVA, Pa – Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Falvey Memorial Library will host a series of conversations inspired by Pope Francis' exhortation Evangelii Gaudium. Titled, “Evangelii Gaudium: A Conversation Series on the Catholic Church and the World,” the series will promote discussion about the Catholic Church in the new era. 

Villanova faculty will facilitate the discussions which will explore central themes and questions such as, “What are the roles of the Church in the world today?”; “Is our socioeconomic system unjust?”; and, “How does Evangelii Gaudium envision peace in the world through interfaith understanding and conversation?”.   The series is free and open to the public.

The following is the Series schedule:

  • February 25, 2014 (6 p.m.; Falvey Library, Room 205)
    “The worship of the ancient golden calf has returned” (Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel)
    Dr. Mary Hirschfeld (Humanities), Dr. Robert DeFina (Sociology), Dr. Gerald Beyer (Theology)

  • March 25, 2014 (6 p.m.; Speaker’s Corner, Falvey Library)
    “We can learn so much from one another” (Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel)
    Dr. Rebecca Winer (History), Dr. Hibba Abugideiri (History), Dr. Crystal Lucky (English), Dr. Charlie Cherry (English)

  • April 9, 2014 (6 p.m.; Speaker’s Corner, Falvey Library)
    “I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty” (Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel)
    Bernard Prusak, PhD (Theology), Sue Toton, PhD (Theology), James Wetzel, PhD (Philosophy).

For those interested in reading Evangelii Gaudium with the University’s Theology and Philosophy Departments, two Reading Group sessions will be held at 12:30 p.m. on January 24 and January 30 in Corr Chapel on Villanova’s campus.


About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.