Salesian Center To Host 10th Annual Heritage Week

by Lore McFadden Westwood | Jan 13, 2015

2014 Heritage Week Audience 

The Salesian Center for Faith & Culture will host the 10th annual Heritage Week at DeSales University, a series of events celebrating the legacy of St. Francis de Sales, patron of DeSales University.  All the events, except for Sunday’s Mass which will take place in Connelly Chapel, will take place in the DeSales University Center on the DeSales campus in Center Valley.  All events are free and open to the public and run Sunday, January 18 through Thursday, January 22. No tickets are required.

The lineup of speakers for Heritage Week begins with the Mass of St. Francis de Sales at 8:00 p.m., on Sunday, January 18, in Connelly Chapel at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pa. Our guest homilist will be Rev. Keith Laskowski ’95, an administrator at Our Lady of Mercy parish in Easton, PA.

On Monday, January 19at 7:00 p.m. we welcome Gregory Carolan, M.D. of St. Luke’s University Health Network and Kimberly Fritts, D.P.T. of Lehigh Valley Health Network for our forum on biomedical ethics. The topic of discussion will be Sports Medicine and Youth.

Tuesday, January 20, at 7:00 p.m. we welcome our 2015 Hesburgh Lecturer Gilberto Cardenas, Ph.D., founding director of Notre Dame Institute for Latino Studies. Cardenas will be covering Immigration Issues for our seminar on Law & Society. This event is co-sponsored by the Notre Dame Club of the Lehigh Valley. 

On Wednesday, January 21, at 7:00 p.m., we welcome our special guest John Suler, Ph.D. of Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking studies at Rider University. The topic of discussion for our Town Hall on Social Communications will be The Psychology of Cyberspace.

The week closes on Thursday, January 22, at 8:00 p.m. with the Wayne R. Kraft Memorial Lecture on faith and culture. Christian Smith, Ph.D., Director of the Notre Dame Center for Social Research will discuss Emerging Adults in Catholic America.

For more information, contact the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture at DeSales University at 610. 282.1100 ext. 1244 or visit us at

Established in 2000, the Salesian Center for Faith & 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. 

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