Faith and Learning Scholars Program

 “Augustine believed in the power of a community dedicated to the collective pursuit of truth and Christian friendship. At Villanova, this spirit comes alive through the students, faculty, staff, administrators, and Augustinian Friars who are united in a passionate pursuit of knowledge and service to others. This mutual commitment to Veritas, Unitas, Caritas – Truth, Unity, Love – serves as a living embodiment of the University’s Catholic and Augustinian mission and creates an environment that fosters exciting opportunities for learning and growth.”

Fr. Peter Donohue, OSA

Consistent with this visionary statement, the Center for Faith and Learning provides students the opportunity to

  • explore the vocation of the mind and the depths of the Spirit in the way of Augustine, who searched for knowledge in the context of community.
  • promote critical inquiry in the context of community and friendship, where those who enter the dialogue, seek integration of faith, which is the hallmark of Augustinian pedagogy. 

In the Faith and Learning Scholars program Faculty Mentors and Student Scholars together will:

  • discuss what it means to be engaged in a search for truth and to be dedicated to the intellectual life,
  • explore ways to balance contemplation and activity,
  • consider one’s future potential for service to society, the academy and the Church,
  • grow through knowledge to wisdom.

St. Monica II Community (Current Seniors):

  • Ryan Allen
  • Ron Berna
  • Alexandra Brodin
  • Alanna Bushek
  • Joshua Chatfield
  • Alyssa Curcio
  • Brian Dobkowski
  • Paul Elhallel
  • Michael Evans
  • Derek Fake
  • Haley Faust
  • Emily Folse
  • Manaury Garcia
  • Christina Goumas
  • Patrick Hudak
  • Jeffrey Hupf
  • Elizabeth Johnson
  • Margaret Kost
  • Evan Kurt
  • Christopher McGee
  • Evan McVail
  • David Miranda
  • Kelly O'Keefe
  • Catherine Pyle
  • Bryan Ramirez
  • Cailin Ryan
  • Katie Rose Scoboria
  • Stephen Smith
  • Samantha Sontag
  • Sarah Stiglianese
  • Ethan Swain
  • Tre Trecost
St. Thomas Villanova II (Current Juniors):
  • Jessica Alhanouch
  • Leah Berman
  • Emily Brown
  • Nora Cipressi
  • Karen Copel
  • Elizabeth Cullen
  • Sarah Davis
  • Erin Donnelly
  • Katherine Dowdle
  • Julie Fabiano
  • Opeyemi Famakinwa
  • Colleen Foley
  • Danielle Fusaro
  • Allison Garippa
  • Bridget Gile
  • Karlee Grudi
  • Connor Healy
  • Matthew Heery
  • Shelly Henling
  • Kathryn Hodskins
  • Adrienne Jacob
  • Alexander Kochanik
  • Marissa Kurt
  • Emily LaPorte
  • Nawnora Manosca
  • Grace McDermott
  • Julia Morris
  • Abigail Nash
  • Kanyinsola Odunjo
  • Jeremy Puntel
  • Keegan Rand
  • Margaret Remley
  • Kristina Rodriguez
  • Christopher Rura
  • Keri Salanik
  • Rachel Schlegel
  • Sarah Sprinkle
  • William Summers
  • Sara Vaughn
  • James Wrobleski
St. Augustine III Community (Current Sophomores):
  • Caroline Arnold
  • Shea Blake
  • Jack Brenner
  • Abigail Carr
  • Alexa DeLeon
  • Brad deJesus
  • Marikate Desrosiers
  • Chris Deucher
  • Christina Dietzler
  • Matthew Dinehart
  • Gianna Dolan
  • Alysia Donohue
  • Anthony Eells
  • Nicholas Felix
  • Eileen Gaffney
  • Shelby Gallen
  • Hunter Gaudio
  • Clare Grindinger
  • Michael Grostas
  • Joshua Guevin
  • Ryan Henderson
  • Grant Hougo
  • MacKensie Jorgenson
  • Julie Kasunic
  • Jillian Kemble
  • Jimmy Lorenz
  • Daniel McDonough
  • Madelyn McQuillan
  • Meagan Murray
  • Meghan O'Hara
  • Elizabeth Pace
  • Hannah Rao
  • Maura Rose
  • Paul Sarles
  • Emilia Scalaro
  • Emily Spahn
  • Frances Steadman
  • Amanda Vasilakis

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

  • Jerry Beyer (Theology)
  • Elizabeth Blunt (Nursing)
  • Camille Burge (Political Science)
  • Adriano Duque (Romance Languages)
  • Brett Grainger (Theology)
  • Lowell Gustafson (Political Science)
  • Shelley Hickey (Nursing)
  • Marylu Hill (ACS, Graduate Program)
  • Kevin Hughes (Theology)
  • Jennifer Joyce (ACS, English)
  • Michelle Kelly (Nursing)
  • Helen Lafferty (Education and Counseling)
  • Ely Levine ( ACS)
  • Stephen Liedtka (Accountancy)
  • Meredith MacKenzie (Nursing)
  • Michael McElwee (Theology)
  • Seri Park (Civil Engineering)
  • Alan Pichanick (ACS)
  • Sara Reeder Nursing)
  • Joanna Scholz (Theology)
  • Mark Schiffman (Humanities)
  • Juanita Weaver (Communications)
  • Carol Weingarten (Nursing)
  • Robert West (Accountancy)
St. Thomas Villanova II Community (Mentors to current Juniors)
  • Ruth Anolik (ACS)
  • Angelina Arcamore (Nursing)
  • Rachel Baard (ACS: Theology)
  • Timothy Brunk (ACS: Theology)
  • Sarah Burke (Economics)
  • Angela DiBenedetto (Biology)
  • Noel Dolan (ACS, English)
  • Rosaria Drago (Marketing, Law)
  • Jim Emig (Business Information)
  • Fr. Allan Fitzgerald, OSA (Theology)
  • Kathleen Grimes (Theology, Religious Studies)
  • Marta Guron (Chemistry)
  • Timothy Hanchin (Theology, Religious Studies)
  • Ed Hastings (Theology, Religious Studies)
  • Bonnie Henderson (Geography, Environmental Studies)
  • Tomas Hidalgo-Nava (Romance Languages)
  • Rebeka Karrant (Electrical Engineering, Computers)
  • Elizabeth Maldonado (Nursing)
  • Elizabeth-Jane McGuire (ACS)
  • Susan Meyers (Nursing)
  • Constance Murphy (Chemistry
  • Stephen Napier (Philosophy)
  • Olukunle Owolabi (Political Science)
  • Jennifer Ross (Nursing)
  • Barry Selinsky (Chemistry)
  • Dorothy Skaf (Mechanical Engineering)
  • James Trainer (Institutional Research)
  • Jonathan Yates (Theology & Religious Studies)
St. Augustine III Community (Mentors to current Sophomores)
  • Christopher Barnett (Theology)
  • Sherry Burrell (Nursing)
  • Peter Busch (ACS)
  • Paul Camacho (ACS)
  • Michael Capella (Marketing)
  • Fr. Francis Caponi, OSA (Theology)
  • Ian Clausen (ACS)
  • Christopher Daly (ACS)
  • Seth Matthew Fishman (Edication & Counseling)
  • Robert Giuliano (Chemistry)
  • Sunny Gaye Hallowell (Nursing)
  • Frank Hampton (Environmental Engineering)
  • Kathleen Iacocca (Management & Operations)
  • Nancy Kelley (ACS)
  • Mary Kelly (Economics)
  • Fr. Martin Laird, OSA (Theology)
  • Ross Lee (Sustainable Engineering)
  • Bette Mariani (Nursing)
  • Steven McGuire (ACS)
  • James Murdoch (ACS: Ethics)
  • Melissa O'Connor (Nursing)
  • Nancy Sharts-Hopko (Nursing)
  • Robert Styer (Mathematics, Statistics)
  • Joseph Toscano (Psychology)
  • James Wilson (Humanities)
 

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

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

 

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."

  • "Depending on the reading, it has given me some new perspectives to think about and explore more for myself."

  • "The readings, though often not fully thought provoking, are a great jumping off point for discussing how faith is involved in my everday 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 reading has helped me reflect on various aspects of my life that I otherwise typically overlook. Whether it be vocation, calling, prayer, or centering, 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."

  • "The readings have provided me with an insight as to how to live a faith-filled life while going about my daily activities and pursuing my passions in school and work."

 

 

What is your favorite part of being a Scholar?

  • "Getting a chance to discuss faith with people from all different backgrounds."

 

 

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
    life."

  • "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."

 

 

How has the spiritual support the Center for Faith and Learning provided helped you?

  • "The Center for Faith and Learning has cultivated my faith by challenging me and offering me opportunities for prayer and discussion. I have found the prayer trees during Advent to be especially meaningful, as I pray for another member of the community, and someone prays for me."

 

 

What is your favorite part of being a Scholar?

  • "Intergenerational dialogue with other members of the Villanova community having real conversation over good food."

 

How has your reading helped you?

  • "The readings helped me to delve deeper into issues of faith and reason that I had not previously thought about."
  • "Depending on the reading, it has given me some new perspectives to think about and explore more for myself."
  • "The readings, though often not fully thought provoking, are a great jumping off point for discussing how faith is involved in my everday 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 reading has helped me reflect on various aspects of my life that I otherwise typically overlook. Whether it be vocation, calling, prayer, or centering, 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."
  • "The readings have provided me with an insight as to how to live a faith-filled life while going about my daily activities and pursuing my passions in school and work."

What is Your Favorite Part of Being A Scholar?

  • "Getting a chance to discuss faith with people from all different backgrounds."
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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 life."
  • "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."

How has the spiritual support the Center for Faith and Learning provided helped you?

  • "The Center for Faith and Learning has cultivated my faith by challenging me and offering me opportunities for prayer and discussion. I have found the prayer trees during Advent to be especially meaningful, as I pray for another member of the community, and someone prays for me."

What is your favorite part of being a Scholar?

  • "Intergenerational dialogue with other members of the Villanova community having real conversation over good food."

How has your reading helped you?

  • "The readings helped me to delve deeper into issues of faith and reason that I had not previously thought about."
  • "Depending on the reading, it has given me some new perspectives to think about and explore more for myself."
  • "The readings, though often not fully thought provoking, are a great jumping off point for discussing how faith is involved in my everday 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 reading has helped me reflect on various aspects of my life that I otherwise typically overlook. Whether it be vocation, calling, prayer, or centering, 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."
  • "The readings have provided me with an insight as to how to live a faith-filled life while going about my daily activities and pursuing my passions in school and work."

What is Your Favorite Part of Being A Scholar?

  • "Getting a chance to discuss faith with people from all different backgrounds."
  •  

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 life."
  • "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."

How has the spiritual support the Center for Faith and Learning provided helped you?

  • "The Center for Faith and Learning has cultivated my faith by challenging me and offering me opportunities for prayer and discussion. I have found the prayer trees during Advent to be especially meaningful, as I pray for another member of the community, and someone prays for me."

What is your favorite part of being a Scholar?

  • "Intergenerational dialogue with other members of the Villanova community having real conversation over good food."
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2017 Senior Scholars were recognized at the program's final dinner-dialogue of the year. Please see the "Alumni Scholars" page for more details and photographs of graduating scholars from prior years.