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The activities of the Salesian Center are supported by income from a variety of funds maintained by DeSales University, which are described through the links below.  To contribute to these funds, follow this link on ► how to support our work

  • ►Permanent Endowments
    These are funds established by DeSales University, to which unrestricted annual contributions are added. Income generated from interest provides the financial basis for the general operation of the Salesian Center.
    ► Dedicated Endowments These are restricted funds received as designated gifts from individual donors. Income generated from interest provides the financing for the named programs or activities of the Salesian Center.
    ► Grant Funds
    These are funds received from organizations or foundations to be used for specific purposes. The total amount of the fund is spent, over time, in support of the particular program.
    ► Operating Accounts
    These are funds (income and expense) used for the operation of partnership programs administered by the Salesian Center, which rely primarily on budgets and financing developed by the respective boards of the partnerships.



  • The Salesian Center University Endowment -- a fund established from Board-designated funds on June 9, 1999 to establish the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture. In addition, proceeds from the testimonial dinner in honor of Rev. Daniel G. Gambet, OSFS on the occasion of his retirement as President of Allentown College have been applied to this fund.

  • The Anna V. Graham Endowment -- a fund established for the benefit of Allentown College in 1977 by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, whose original purpose was to "fund the salary of a 'resident scholar in Salesian Studies'." By a generous act of the Oblate corporation, the trust fund agreement has been amended to make provision for income from this fund to be used entirely in support of the operation of the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture.

  • The Fr. Louis Brisson Professorship -- a fund established through the non-mandatory transfer of surplus funds in order to endow a faculty chair dedicated to research, teaching, and publication in the field of Salesian spirituality.  Dating back to 1502, endowed chairs are important traditions in higher education and hallmarks of great universities.  They supply the means to attract, retain, and honor distinguished faculty who provide the highest quality academic leadership. 


Endowments have been established to support the following programs and activities in the Salesian Center 


Programs established through grant funding include: 


Partnership programs operating with their own financial accounts include: 

Events Calendar

R. Wayne & Joan Kraft Memorial Lecture

Thursday, January 25, 2018, 08:00 PM
DeSales University 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley, PA
DeSales University Center

This annual lecture series is designed to offer the public a humanistic viewpoint on an issue of national prominence. The topic of discussion for this event will be The attractive beauty of holiness: the influence of St. Francis de Sales in the married  spirituality of Elisabeth Leseur. FR. THOMAS KEVIN KRAFT, OP, Friar of the Province of Saint Joseph USA, currently assigned to Saint Dominic's House, Nairobi, Kenya is our featured speaker. 

This event is FREE and open to the public. No tickets are required. 

Salesian Spirituality