Salesian Center to Host 12th Annual Heritage Week

by Lore McFadden | Jan 05, 2017



The Salesian Center for Faith & Culture will host the 12th 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 22, through Thursday, January 26. 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 22, in Connelly Chapel at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pa. Our guest homilist will be The Reverend Thomas P. Ferguson, vicar general and moderator of the Curia, Diocese of Arlington, Va.

On Monday, January 23 at 7:00 p.m. our special guest speaker for the biomedical ethics forum is Ellen Jorgensen, PH.D., founder and executive director of GENSPACE, New York City’s Community Biolab.

Tuesday, January 24 at 7:00 p.m. we welcome Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor-at-large of NRO, senior fellow at the National Review Institute, and director of Catholic Voices for a town hall on social communications.

On Wednesday, January 25 at 7:00 p.m., we host a law & society seminar on health care reform in law and practice with Alice A. Noble, M.P.H., J.D., senior lecturer in health, science, society, and policy at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University.

The week closes on Thursday, January 26 at 8:00 p.m. with the R. Wayne and Joan Kraft Memorial Lecture on faith and culture. Michael Root, PH.D., professor at The Catholic University of America and member of the Lutheran - Roman Catholic Commission on Unity will discuss Martin Luther after 500 Years.

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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