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Foto Friday: St. Thomas of Villanova Day

Sculptor - A. Visco. Sculpture behind monastery. Photo by Alice Bampton.

Sculptor – A. Visco. Sculpture behind Monastery. Photo by Alice Bampton.

Friday, Sept. 23, is St. Thomas of Villanova Day. Saturday, Sept. 24, is St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service. For information on St. Thomas of Villanova Day, see here.

Villanova University is named for the Spanish Augustinian, St. Thomas of Villanova.



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The Curious ‘Cat: “Wildcats go green!”

This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “In honor of Elizabeth Kolbert’s ‘The Sixth Extinction,’ what have you done to go green?

Erin Mysogland – “I’ve stopped using plastic bags and have been using plastic containers instead since there’s so much plastic in the ocean.”








Katie Guy – “Recycle! And, I use a reusable bag, when I remember, to take it to the store so I stop using all those plastic bags.”










Connor Kovacs – “I got a canteen water bottle, so I stopped using plastic water bottles.”










Tim Flanagan – “Well I live off campus, so we try and recycle in the house. And we try to save water, well for the water bill too, but for the environment. And we try to turn off lights and stuff.”







Elizabeth Cronin – “I’ve been using a reusable water bottle every day!”











Mark Brady – “I try to be conscious of recycling using renewable materials. And, I try to be conscious of driving around and using gas and stuff.”








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Falvey Memorial Library Presents: Info to Go at Driscoll Hall

Robin Bowles, research help, info to go, Driscoll Hall

Librarian Robin Bowles is all smiles with the crash cart!

Falvey Memorial Library is on the move. Research and Instruction Librarian Robin Bowles and Nursing Librarian Barbara Quintiliano are offering research assistance in Driscoll Hall to students! So, grab some research help with that cup of coffee. Look for the crash cart staffed by Robin or Barbara on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Driscoll Hall café from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The rest of the day they can be found in Driscoll Hall room 343. Ask them anything. Seriously. They can get you stats, pertinent journal articles for a paper or just help you find the odd fact from a reputable source. Research life support is their specialty! (Added bonus: they always have free chocolate and pens!)

Barbara and Crash Cart

Librarian Barbara Quintiliano helps two students find the resources they need.

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#FalveyPeek at the Week: Sept. 19-23

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It’s (finally) Talk like a Pirate Day.
You know what that means, Mates.

I finally get to show off my pirate knowledge and as well as my #hatgoals (Photo from Pixabay.com)

I finally get to show off my #hatgoals. (Photo from Pixabay.com)

Quote of the Week:

“’Proud and insolent youth,’ said Hook, ‘prepare to meet thy doom.’
‘Dark and sinister man,’ for long the two enemies looked at one another, Hook shuddering slightly, and Peter with the strange smile upon his face.
‘Dark and sinister man,’ Peter answered, ‘have at thee.’”
-J.M. Barrie


Captain Hook always had swagger. (Photo from Flickr.com)

This week at the library:

Monday, September 19th

  • Arab and Islamic Studies Event, Room 205, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
  • Humanities Event, Speaker’s Corner, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 21st

  • Theology & Religious Studies: Faith & Culture Lecture Series, Room 204, 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 22nd

  • OUS: Pre-Law Advising Workshop, Room 204, 12:05 p.m.-1:15 p.m.
  •  One Book Villanova: Author’s Visit- Book Signing, Speaker’s Corner, 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • One Book Villanova: Student Leader Meeting, Room 205, 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Friday, September 23rd

  • Philosophy & Theology Professionalism Series: Choosing a Dissertation Topic, Room 204, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club Meeting, First Floor Lounge, 2:30-4:30


Long ago there were whispers of the boy who ate only Ramen (flavor unspecified) and contracted the first case of scurvy in one hundred and twenty years (scurvy being a disease contracted through a lack of vitamin C–famous for causing the death of many a rogue sailor).

Probably what happened to this guy (Photo from Pixabay.com)

Probably what happened to this guy (Photo from Pixabay.com)

This tip is that oranges cost, on average, thirty cents a pound and are a easy way to both 1.) not get scurvy and 2.) stave off the (much more) common cold. They’re healthy, affordable, and wonderful! (The perfect addition to any heavily ramen-based diet).

My Personal Ins-pirat(e)-ion:

I’m from North Carolina where we love the sea and we love buccaneers (a little too much, perhaps?). A whole unit of our fourth grade curriculum is based solely upon pirate-studies. I’ve taken multiple tests on pirates (with a wide and wavering array of grades about pirates).
I feel my elementary education has prepared me to tell you a few things about my favorite: Blackbeard. Like, his name is Edward Teach. He’s English. He’s never been documented as killing a single sailor held captive. He’s the easiest pirate to dress as for Halloween after Captain Jack Sparrow. He was pardoned by the Queen, settled in Bath, N.C., then changed his mind and went back to swashbuckling. It took twenty-five wounds (five of which were gunshots) to end his pirating career (and, well, life-career) in 1718. He is the perfect one to emulate for today’s ventures. All North Carolinian children know this.

Save the Date:
Thursday, September 22nd

St. Thomas of Villanova Lecture – One Book Villanova Day –

Featured Speaker: Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, Connelly Center,  Villanova Room, 7 p.m.

Friday, September 23rd 

Rock the Oreo, 6 p.m.

Saturday, September 24th

St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service Send-off,

Pavilion, 8:30 a.m.

Books about adventure:
(In case my Blackbeard indoctrination wasn’t enough)

#FalveyPeek at the Week provided by Hunter Vay Houtzer, a graduate assistant on the Communications and Marketing Team at Falvey Memorial Library. She is working toward an MA in Communication at Villanova University and leaving her house with her phone actually charged. Send your thoughts/suggestions to Hunter at #falveypeek. See you next Monday for more!


Villanova Welcomes Parents This Weekend

Banners at the Ithan Ave. entrance. Photo by Alice Bampton, Communications and Marketing

Banners at the Ithan Ave. entrance. Photo by Alice Bampton, Communications and Marketing

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Dig Deeper: Spotlight on Bolivia

By now, I’m sure you’re aware of the upcoming talk on Bolivian popular culture as part of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Bolivia Talk Poster

But you might not know that the library maintains a number of resources for you to read up on current developments in Bolivia. Through ProQuest and ProQuest Newsstand, you can find a number of recent magazine and news articles that do not require you to be scholar or expert on Bolivian history and culture to understand.

Take a peak at these pieces to catch up:

Bill Gates Sparks Bolivian Controversy

Term Limit becomes a Hot Topic in Bolivia

IDB Approves Large Humanitarian Project in Bolivia

A Student’s Bolivian Adventure

These articles highlight several topics that may be interesting to bring up at tonight’s lecture. Does international attention aid in improving Bolivia? Or does it subvert the nation’s own popular culture? Are the leaders of Bolivia taking advantage of their positions? Or are outside pressures preventing them from effective governance?

You might find the answers to these questions and many more at tonight’s presentation, In Search of Popular Culture in the Bolivian Nation Building Process, by Villanova professor Dr. Jaime Omar Salinas Zabalaga. The Romance Languages Department and the Latin American Studies Program co-sponsor this event with the Falvey Memorial Library.

Website photo 2 Article by William Repetto, a graduate assistant on the Communications and Marketing Team at the Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in English at Villanova University.





The Curious ‘Cat: “Snapchat stories!”

Curious 'Cat - imageThis week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “What would you like to see on Falvey Memorial Library’s Snapchat?”

Emily Dailey: “Well, what’s behind the curtain [reading room renovations]? And maybe a staff ‘impressions of the day’ as a way for students to get to know librarians.”








Matthew Plucienik: “Pan overs of popular areas to see if they are busy before, you know, you walk over. And the different soups at Holy Grounds.”









Arda Aghazarian: “I guess I’d want to see new books out there that are really cool. Books that are available here.”









Thomas Lusch: “Good question. I’m not really keen as to what a library snapchat would have. Maybe events and flyers and stuff: just letting everyone know.”








Andrew McKeough: “I would like to see you snap a book of the week and also maybe featured sections of the library, like featured study spots.”









Maria D’Jay: “Definitely updates of the whiteboard. And random pictures of people working for motivation.”









Follow Falvey Memorial Library on Snapchat @VULibrary

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On the Path to Sainthood – Father Bill Atkinson, OSA

Father Bill Atkinson, OSA

Father Bill Atkinson, OSA.  Image courtesy of augustinian.org

Who is the Rev. William Atkinson (Father Bill), OSA, a priest who may become a saint, and what is his connection to Villanova University? September 15 is the tenth anniversary of his death and with a movement towards canonization underway, it is appropriate to consider his life.

Born in 1946, Father Bill was a native of Upper Darby, Pa.; he attended St. Alice’s Elementary School there and then graduated from Msgr. Bonner High School (now Bonner Prendergast) in Drexel Hill, Pa. He spent a year as a postulant at Augustinian Academy (now closed), Staten Island, N.Y., and then entered the Order of St. Augustine as a novice at Our Mother of Good Counsel Novitiate, New Hamburg, N.Y., in 1964. It was here that his life-changing accident happened on February 22, 1965.

On that cold February day William Atkinson was tobogganing with his fellow novices when his toboggan hit a tree; his broken spine left him a quadriplegic. He was hospitalized in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., then spent a year at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia. Although he had limited movement only in his head, neck, shoulders and arms, he was determined to continue his studies to become an Augustinian priest. He came to St. Mary’s Hall at Villanova University, at that time the Province’s Collegiate House of Formation where he began his novitiate once again on July 19, 1969. He professed his simple vows, then on July 20, 1973, he professed his solemn vows. Throughout these years, a group of Augustinians cared for Atkinson who occupied a motorized wheelchair. On February 2, 1974, nine years after his disastrous accident, Cardinal John Krol ordained William Atkinson to the priesthood. Because Atkinson was a quadriplegic, Pope Paul VI had to make a special dispensation for the ordination, making Father Atkinson the first quadriplegic priest.

Following his ordination the Rev. William Atkinson, usually called Father Bill, was assigned to the faculty of Msgr. Bonner High School in Drexel where he served from 1975 until 2004. At Bonner, he was a beloved presence, teaching theology, serving as assistant school chaplain and a moderator for the football team. He was the senior class retreat coordinator and director of the detention programs. His declining health brought him to the St. Thomas Monastery on campus where he remained until he died on September 15, 2006, surrounded by family, friends and caretakers. His funeral mass was held on Sept. 19 in St. Thomas of Villanova Church and he was buried in the Augustinian section of Calvary Cemetery, West Conshohocken, Pa.

In mid-August 2014 twenty-five invited guests – relatives, friends and friars –  met with the Rev. Michael Gregorio, OSA, the prior provincial of the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova, and the Rev. Josef Sciberras, OSA, postulator general of the Order of St. Augustine, Rome. Father Sciberras challenged the group: “Convince me that Fr. Bill lived a life of heroic virtue. Persuade me that he is a saint.” (www.augustinian.org) Various attendees testified about Father Bill’s “character, his virtue, his fidelity, his ministry, his humor, his humility and much more.” (www.augustinan.org)

In September 2015 the Cause of Canonization of Father Bill Atkinson, OSA, opened; the formal request was made to Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia. In November, Archbishop Chaput introduced the Cause to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Archbishop Chaput encouraged the bishops to approve the Cause and they did so unanimously.

Father Gregorio, OSA, says, “Obviously, we are delighted that the cause is underway, and that we will have the opportunity to make the life and virtues of Fr. Bill more widely known. We rely very much on the friends and acquaintances of our brother to spread knowledge of him, to assist us in collecting data that can further the cause, and recommend his intercession to those in need.” (www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/first-quadrilegic-priest-on-path-to-sainthood)

Documentation for the cause is currently being collected and then it will be analyzed by censors, who are usually theologians. If the censors approve the evidence for sainthood, they will send a report to Archbishop Chaput. If the archbishop accepts the censors’ report, he will send it to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints who would then make their recommendation to the Pope for Father Bill to be considered “venerable,” one of the steps towards canonization.

The Father Bill Atkinson Guild, sponsored by the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova, will work to promote awareness of the Cause and to collect funds for its support. Contact information for the Guild is Fr. Bill’s Cause, Augustinian Provincial Offices, P.O. Box 340, Villanova, PA 19085.


Dig Deeper (Father Atkinson):

Green Bananas:  The Wisdom of Father Bill Atkinson (2010). Steve McWilliams. Steve McWilliams, PhD, is the Villanova University advisor to Students Living with Disabilities. Father Bill had been one of his teachers at Msgr. Bonner High School. Later, McWilliams became one of Father Bill’s caretakers. He asked Father Bill if he (McWilliams) could write a book about him and the priest agreed. McWilliams called his book “Green Bananas” because Father Bill said he did not buy them because he might not live until the bananas ripened. “Green Bananas” is not a biography. It shows Father Bill’s spiritual outlook.

The Effort to Canonize Father Bill Atkinson

Father Bill Atkinson, OSA:  The Cause for Sainthood

Father Bill Atkinson, OSA – Taking Up the Cause

Father Bill Atkinson:  Augustinian Friar

Father William Atkinson a ‘tremendous witness to the rest of us’

Upper Darby native may be next American saint


Dig Deeper (Canonization and Sainthood):

Sharing God’s Good Company:  A Theology of the Communion of Saints

The Cult of the Saints:  Its Rise and Function in Latin Christianity

Saints and Their Symbols

Saints and Sanctity Today

The Process of Beatification and Canonization

Holy confusion? Beatification, canonization are different

A new look for the canonization process under Pope Francis?

Duffin, Jacalyn. “The Doctor Was Surprised; or, How to Diagnose a Miracle.” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 81, no. 4 (Winter 2007): 699-729.

A succinct official description from the U.S. bishops

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Darren Poley, Theology/Humanities librarian, contributed  the information for this “Dig Deeper (Canonization and Sainthood).”

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Introducing the ‘Cat in the Stax

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William Repetto, a native of Chadds Ford, Pa., joined Falvey as a graduate assistant in the Communications and Marketing Department. Repetto is a 2016 graduate of La Salle University, Philadelphia. His bachelor’s degree is in Honors History with minors in French and English. He is currently enrolled in the master’s degree program in the Villanova Department of English and anticipates graduating in 2018.

Repetto says, “My online persona is the ‘Cat in the Stacks,” but he also will be covering events and working with Falvey’s social media accounts. His future plans are to “pursue a PhD at a highly rated university.” His hobbies include comics and cartoons, gluten-free cooking and watching ice hockey.

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Meet Hunter Houtzer, One of Our New Graduate Assistants

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Hunter Houtzer, one of the two new graduate assistants with the new Communications and Marketing Department, comes to Falvey from Goldsboro, North Carolina.

Houtzer will participate in activities relating to the numerous events held in Falvey and contribute to editorial projects such as writing our new weekly Peek at the Week column. Peek is a entertaining way for Wildcats to find out what’s happening in the library each week!

Houtzer received her BA in Communication Studies and BFA in Creative Writing from University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) in December 2015. Her minor was anthropology. She is currently enrolled in the master’s degree program in the Department of Communication at Villanova and anticipates graduating in May 2018.

When asked about her future plans, Houtzer replied, “Not sure! Something heavily writing-based, hopefully including travelling of some sort.” Her hobbies include reading, writing and “over using parentheses.”


Photograph by Alice Bampton, Communications and Marketing Dept.

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