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R. Wayne & Joan Kraft Memorial Lecture 

RWayneKraftThe series honors Deacon R. Wayne Kraft, who died in 1994.  After working as an industrial engineer, he was appointed professor of metallurgy and material science at Lehigh University.  In this position he held two patents and authored more than 50 articles and reports in technical and professional journals.  As an adjunct professor at Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales (now DeSales University), Prof. Kraft lectured on, and wrote four books, about the philosophy of Teilhard de Chardin. Dr. Kraft served as a board member of various organizations in the city of Bethlehem and several agencies of the diocese of Allentown, in which he also ministered as a permanent deacon.

The Kraft Lecture highlights the university's Heritage Week celebration of the feast of St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622), Bishop and Doctor of the Church.  His legacy of theological writings and example of saintly living attest to the tradition of Christian Humanism that lies at the heart of the university's mission and philosophy. The Kraft Lecture series is designed to offer the public a humanistic viewpoint on an issue of national prominence. Ideally, the presentation also highlights the currency of Salesian spirituality in relation to issues in the modern world.

the next Kraft lecture ... January 25, 2018 


5:00 p.m. in the Connelly Chapel

with celebrant & homilist:

V. Rev. James Greenfield, OSFS
President of DeSales University 

R. Wayne & Joan Kraft Memorial Lecture

8:00 p.m. in the DeSales University Center 


kevin kraft

Fr. Thomas Kevin Kraft, OP
Friar of the Province of Saint Joseph USA
Currently assigned to Saint Dominic's House, Nairobi, Kenya

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Heritage Week - Social Communications Town Hall

Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 07:00 PM
DeSales University 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley, PA
DeSales University Center

Town Hall on Social Communications, celebrating St. Francis de Sales, our Patron of Journalists, featuring PATRICK NOVECOSKY, discussing  Finding Truth in a World of Fake News.

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

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