Faith and Society Discussed During Year of Faith Event

by Lore McFadden-Westwood | Nov 16, 2012

As part of the Year of Faith campaign, the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture at DeSales University is hosting a symposium on faith & society with special guest Thomas R. Rourke, Ph.D., professor of Political Science at Clarion University. This town hall discussion will take place at 7:30 p.m., on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 in the University Center at DeSales University’s Center Valley campus. This event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Diocese of Allentown. No tickets are required.

Rourke received his B.A. in Political Economy from Fordham University's Honors Program in 1979.  He did graduate studies in Theology in Rome and the United States before moving on to a Ph.D. in Political Science from Texas Tech University in 1994. His first book, A Conscience as Large as the World, was an outgrowth of his doctoral research.  His second book, A Theory of Personalism, advanced a Catholic personalist philosophy in the light of traditional Catholic personalism. He wrote a mini-book for CTS, the official Vatican publisher in England, titled, Democracy and Tyranny: The Catholic Understanding of the State and Politics. A book sale and signing of Rourke’s most recent book, The Social and Political Thought of Benedict XVI, will take place following the discussion.

The Salesian Center for Faith & Culture, in collaboration with the Diocese of Allentown, has planned a series of events to celebrate the Year of Faith, which began on October 11, 2012 and will end on the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King, on 24 November 2013. 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.

Established in 2000, The Salesian Center for Faith and Culture’s mission is to promote the interaction of faith and culture, in a mutually beneficial engagement, through academic initiatives that focus on the authentic integration of social concerns and gospel values. The Salesian Center supports intellectual activity in research studies, dialogue events including public forums and lectures and partnership programs. For information about The Salesian Center for Faith and Culture, visit our website at or call 610-282-1100, ext. 1244. 

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