Salesian Center to Host 8th Annual Heritage Week to Honor Patron Saint Francis de Sales

by Lore McFadden-Westwood | Jan 07, 2013

The Salesian Center for Faith and Culture will host the 8th annual Heritage Week at DeSales University, a series of events celebrating the legacy of St. Francis de Sales, patron of DeSales University. All events are free and open to the public and run Sunday, January 20 through Thursday, January 24. No tickets are required.

“Each year during Heritage Week we honor St. Francis de Sales and celebrate his lasting legacy and ongoing impact in today’s culture,” said the Rev. Thomas Dailey, OSFS, director of the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture.  This year we also celebrate the Year of Faith according to Pope Benedict XVI.

The lineup of speakers and events for Heritage Week begins with the Mass of St. Francis de Sales at 8 p.m., on Sunday, January 20, in the Connelly Chapel at DeSales University in Center Valley Pa. Our guest celebrant and homilist will be Rev. James Chern, Archdiocese of Newark, N.J., and DeSales alumni.

On Monday, January 21, at 7:30 in the University Center on the DeSales campus in Center Valley, the Baranzano Society on Bioethics will present a public forum on faith and medicine with guest speakers and DeSales alumni Peter Cochrane, MD; Clare Laracy Grubb, PA-C; John Lanzilotti, BSN.

Tuesday, January 22, we welcome Rev. Peter John Cameron, O.P.; artistic director of the Blackfriars Repertory Theatre, for a town hall discussion on faith and the arts. This will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the University Center on the DeSales campus in Center Valley.

On Wednesday, January 23, we celebrate St. Francis de Sales as the Cathedral Provost with a St. Thomas More Society legal seminar on faith and the law. Our featured guest will be Rev. David T. Link, dean emeritus and professor emeritus, Notre Dame Law. This event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the University Center on the DeSales campus in Center Valley

The week closes on Thursday, January 24, at 8:00 p.m. in the University Center on the DeSales campus in Center Valley with the R. Wayne Kraft Memorial Lecture on faith and culture. Our special guest will be the Most Reverend Kevin Rhoades, D.D., Bishop of Fort Wayne, South Bend, Ind.

For more information, contact the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture at DeSales University at 610-282-1100, ext. 1244 or visit us at www.desales.edu/salesian.

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Tom McNamara
Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University
2255 Station Avenue
Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219
Tom.McNamara@desales.edu