Solemn Opening of the Year of Faith Mass

by Lore McFadden-Westwood | Oct 08, 2012

As we prepare to begin the Year of Faith campaign, DeSales University will host the opening Mass on Thursday, October 11 at 5:00 p.m. in the Wills Hall chapel on the Center Valley campus. The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture at DeSales University and the Diocese of Allentown.

The presider of this Mass will be Rev. Thomas Dailey, O.S.F.S., S.T.D., director of the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture at DeSales University. A special presentation on the significance of a year of faith will be presented by Rodney Howsare, Ph.D., professor of Theology at DeSales University.

The opening of this special year also marks the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the twentieth anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. In his apostolic letter announcing this celebration, Pope Benedict XVI explains the need for and purpose of this Year: “Only through believing, then, does faith grow and become stronger; there is no other possibility for possessing certitude with regard to one’s life apart from self-abandonment, in a continuous crescendo, into the hands of a love that seems to grow constantly because it has its origin in God. We want this Year to arouse in every believer the aspiration to profess the faith in fullness and with renewed conviction, with confidence and hope.”

For additional information regarding this event or the Year of Faith campaign contact the Salesian Center at 610-282-1100 ext. 1244, email us at or visit our website at

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