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Fellow at Thomas More College to Speak at Ruggiero Lecture

by Lore McFadden | Sep 06, 2016

2014 Heritage Week Audience

The 2016 Ruggiero Lecture on Catholic Education will take place on Monday, September 12, at 7:00 p.m. in the DeSales University Center on the Center Valley Campus.

Sponsored by the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture at DeSales, this event is free and open to the public. The title of this year’s lecture is “Happiness, Culture & Virtue: Re-Stating the Case for Catholic Education” and will feature Ryan Topping, D.Phil.

A native of Saskatoon, Canada, Topping earned an MA in Philosophy from the University of Manitoba as well as an M.Phil. and a Doctorate in Theology from the University of Oxford. He held the Pope John XXIII Chair of Studies in Catholic Theology at St. Thomas University in Canada, and is Fellow at Thomas More College of the Liberal Arts in New Hampshire.

Topping has published on a variety of Catholic themes and figures, from St. Augustine, to Dante, to G.K. Chesterton in academic and popular journals and has published six books, including Rebuilding Catholic Culture: How the Catechism Can Shape our Common Life, and most recently, two works on the philosophy of Catholic education. He has also presented widely on Catholic radio and TV networks including EWTN.

Initially begun to commemorate the canonization of St. Leonie de Sales Aviat this series was renamed in 2005 in memory of Anthony J. Ruggiero, an adjunct faculty member who taught the philosophy of education and helped supervise the student teacher program at DeSales University. For more information about the upcoming event, contact the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture at 610-282-1100, ext. 1244 or or visit our website at

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