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The Year of FAITH

 

year-of-faith-logo-home-page2The Salesian Center for Faith & Culture, in collaboration with the Diocese of Allentown, is planning a series of events to celebrate the Year of Faith, which will begin on October 11, 2012 and will end on the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King, on 24 November 2013. The opening of the special year also marks the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the twentieth anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

In his apostolic letter announcing this celebration, Pope BENEDICT XVI explains the need for and purpose of this Year:                                                                    

Only through believing, then, does faith grow and become stronger; there is no other possibility for possessing certitude with regard to one’s life apart from self-abandonment, in a continuous crescendo, into the hands of a love that seems to grow constantly because it has its origin in God.

We want this Year to arouse in every believer the aspiration to profess the faith in fullness and with renewed conviction, with confidence and hope. It will also be a good opportunity to intensify the celebration of the faith in the liturgy .... At the same time, we make it our prayer that believers’ witness of life may grow in credibility. To rediscover the content of the faith that is professed, celebrated, lived and prayed, and to reflect on the act of faith, is a task that every believer must make his own, especially in the course of this Year.

To explore the relationship of faith to contemporary culture, the Salesian Center will sponsor the following events on the campus of DeSales University.  Click on the dates below for further information about each event.  (Links will be updated as details are confirmed.)

All events are FREE and open to the public.        

► October 11, 2012
5:00 p.m. in the
Wills Hall chapel

Mass for the
Solemn Opening of
the Year of Faith

presider: Rev. Thomas Dailey, O.S.F.S.
► presentation by Rodney Howsare, Ph.D.

 

October 17, 2012
7:00 p.m. at
St. Thomas More parish
(Allentown, PA)

 

presentation on

FAITH & POLITICS

 

by

Thomas Dailey, O.S.F.S.

Director of the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture

► text of the presentation

► October 24, 2012
7:30 p.m. in the
University Center

Movie Premiere:

RESTLESS HEART:
The Confessions of Augustine

link to the film's web site

 

► November 28, 2012
7:30 p.m. in the
University Center

Public Symposium on

FAITH & SOCIETY

book sale/signing following event

featuring:

THOMAS ROURKE, Ph.D.
Author of The Social & Political Thought of Benedixt XVI

► presentation to the faculty
► video clip

► February 27, 2013
7:30 p.m. in the
University Center

Public Symposium on

FAITH & RELATIONSHIPS

featuring:

ERIKA BACHIOCHI, J.D.
Author of Women, Sex and the Church

► video clip

► March 27, 2013
7:30 p.m. in th
University Center

FAITH IN CREATION

by way of the new film:

Cosmic Origins

► link to the film's web site

► April 24, 2013
7:30 p.m. in the
University Center

Public Symposium on

FAITH & RELIGION

featuring:

BILL DONOHUE
President of The Catholic League
Author of Why Catholicism Matters

► video clip

June 21, 2013
7:30 p.m. in the
University Center
~CANCELLED~

Faith on Film

A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS

with members of the

St. Thomas More Society
of the Diocese of Allentown

July 31, 2013
7:00 - 7:45 p.m.
University Center

a discussion on

Shakespeare & Catholicism

co-sponsored by the
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
at DeSales University

featuring:

DR. JOSEPH PEARCE
writer-in-residence, Thomas More College of Liberal Arts
author of The Quest for Shakespeare

► videoclip

September 23, 2013
7:30 p.m. in the
University Center

Artistic Performance of

THE GREAT DIVORCE
(adapted from C.S. Lewis)

a one-man drama performed by

ANTHONY LAWTON
► The Mirror Theater Company

► October 30, 2013
7:30 p.m. in the
University Center

Public Symposium on

FAITH & KNOWLEDGE

featuring:

STEPHEN BARR, PH.D.
Professor of Physics
Bartol Research Institute
University of Delaware

► video clip

► November 24, 2013
8:00 p.m. in the
Connelly Chapel

Mass for the
Solemn Closing of
the Year of Faith

with

The Most Rev. John O. Barres, D.D.
Bishop of Allentown

► video clip