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Salesian Center To Host Annual Heritage Week During DeSales 50th Anniversary

by Lore McFadden | Jan 08, 2016

St. Francis de Sales Campus Statue

St. Francis de Sales Campus Statue 

The Salesian Center for Faith & Culture will host the 11th 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 be celebrated 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 24, through Thursday, January 28. 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 24, in Connelly Chapel at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pa. Our guest homilist will be The Most Reverend John O. Barres, D.D., bishop of Allentown.

On Monday, January 25, at 7:00 p.m. we welcome Dr. Brian Nester, president and CEO of Lehigh Valley Health Network; and John Nespoli, president and CEO of Sacred Heart Health Care System, for a Forum on Biomedical Ethics on Healthcare and Culture.

Tuesday, January 26, at 7:00 p.m. we welcome Prof. Robert P. George, J.D., D.PHIL, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and professor of politics at Princeton University and the chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom with a Seminar on Law & Society.

On Wednesday, January 27, at 7:00 p.m., our special guest speaker will be John Allen Jr., associate editor, The Boston Globe, who will conduct a Town Hall on Social Communications on Catholic Media and Communications.

The week closes on Thursday, January 28, at 8:00 p.m. with the Wayne R. Kraft Memorial Lecture on Faith and Culture. Rev. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., CEO of Salt & Light Media and liaison at the Vatican Press Office, will discuss The Joy of the Gospel by Pope Francis.

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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