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The "Salesian Spirit" Essay Contest

In conjunction with the annual  Heritage Week celebrations, the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture sponsors an essay contest for the DeSales University community.

The contest takes its theme from the Church's celebration of World Day of Social Communications, which takes place in most countries on the Sunday before Pentecost. 

The announcement of the theme is usually made on September 29, the feast of the Archangels (Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael) who are the designated patrons of those who work in the radio industry. 

The Holy Father's message for World Day of Social Communications is traditionally published on January 24, the feast day of St. Francis de Sales, the patron of journalists and writers. 

Essays are to expound upon the relationship between faith and culture in the lived experience of contemporary life.   While determination of the specific subject of the essay is at the discretion of the author, essays should somehow touch upon the theme of the year's World Day of Social Communications, as determined by the Pope.


WHO:

  • Any member of the DeSales University community (faculty, administration, staff, student, or alumnus) may submit an essay.

WHAT:

  • Essays are to expound upon the relationship between faith and culture in the lived experience of contemporary life.   While determination of the specific subject of the essay is at the discretion of the author, essays should somehow touch upon the theme of the year's World Day of Social Communications, as determined by the Pope.



Theme for 2018

“The truth will set you free” (Jn 8:32).
Fake news and journalism for peace


printable instructions, including the presentation & text of the Holy Father's message below
 Essay Contest Guidelines

 


previous award winning essays

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