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:
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:
Additional lectures, panel discussions and performances are scheduled throughout the year in collaboration with academic departments and programs.
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. The May workshop is offered to Villanova faculty. In years past, a June program, similar in content was offered to teaching faculty from regional high schools, colleges and universities. At present, this workshop is not being offered.
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.
Our May Workshop is offered to Villanova faculty only.