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Lectures, Events, DREAMS/Fe

The Salesian Center offers many opportunities for ongoing discussion and dialogue about matters at the intersection of faith and culture.  Including multiple programs that usually feature a single speaker on a given subject, followed by audience participation, programs that involve regular group meetings and/or occasional panel discussions, and programs that focus on "the arts" (film and drama) in terms of production, presentation, and discussion.


Salesian Dialogue Opportunities

  • Salesian Center Master Calendar

    2019-2020 Master Calendar


    AUGUST 2019

    21 - Feast of St. Jane de Chantal 

    Fri., 16 - Mural with Bro. Mickey McGrath, OSFS at 8:00 am, Dorothy Day Student Union

    Sun.,- Tues. 18-20 - Freshmen Orientation at 4:30 pm, Dooling


    SEPTEMBER 2019

    Thurs., 5 - An Evening with Paul J. Kim (special event) at 7:00 pm, University Center

    Tues., 17 - DeSales Book Club at 12:30 pm, Salesian Center

    Thurs., 19 - Review Committee  (honors scholarship lists sent) via email             

    Thurs., 19 - Sarah Swafford (special event)  - Emotional Virtue for a Drama-Free Life (Teens and Adults) at 6:30 pm, St. Agnes Parish - Sellersville, PA

    Tues., 24 - Forum for Ethics in the Workplace – board meeting at 6:00 pm, University Center

    Sat., 28 - Ryan Leadership Institute – Alumni brunch at 10:00 am, Salesian Center


    OCTOBER 2019

    Tues., 15 - DeSales Book Club discussion at 12:30 pm, Salesian Center

    Tues., 15 - Forum for Ethics in the Workplace – board meeting at 6:00 pm, University Center

    Sat., 19 - Salesian Retreat with visiting artist from 10 am – 2:00 pm, Gambet Center

    Thurs., 24 - Branch Rickey, special event, co-sponsored by BSU & DSU Baseball at 7:00 pm, University Center


    NOVEMBER 2019

    Sat., 2 - Women’s Day Retreat – students from 10 am – 2 pm, Faculty Dining Room DUC

    Mon., 4 - FRHP new class dinner meeting at 6 pm, Salesian Center  

    Wed., 13 - Reel to Real movie series – UNPLANNED – sponsored by the Pro-Life Club at 7 pm, Gambet Center Auditorium

    Tues., 19 - Forum for Ethics in the Workplace – board meeting at 6:00 pm, University Center

    Tues., 19 - DeSales Book Club discussion at 12:30 pm, Salesian Center 

    Fri., 29 - Salesian Online Non-credit course for Advent begins (Online)  


    DECEMBER 2019

    Thurs., 5 - Forum for Ethics in the Workplace – breakfast meeting at 7:30 am, University Center

    Sat., 7 - Women's Advent Breakfast - 9 am to 1 pm. Sponsored through the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church 


    JANUARY 2020

    Thurs.,  24 - Feast of St. Francis deSales 

    Sat., 25 -  Salesian Retreat honoring our patron saint from 10 am – 2:00 pm, Gambet Center Auditorium


    FEBRUARY 2020

    Tues., 4 - Forum for Ethics in the Workplace – board meeting at 6:00 pm, University Center

    Wed., 5 - Visiting Artist – Madonna’s of Color at 7:00 pm, University Center

    Tues., 11 - DeSales Book Club discussion at 12:30 pm, Dooling 260

    Tues. 11 - Reel to REAL movie event BELLA - sponsored by the Pro-Life Club at 8:00 pm, Gambet Center Auditorium 

    Fri., 21 - Salesian Online Non-Credit Course for Lent begins  (Online)


    MARCH 2020

    Tues., 17 - DeSales Book Club discussion at 12:30 pm, Brisson 213 

    Tues., 17 -  Bro. Mickey McGrath webinar at 12:30 pm, One Touch Studio

    Tues., 17 - Forum for Ethics in the Workplace – board meeting  at 6:00 pm, University Center

    Thurs., 19 - Forum for Ethics in the Workplace – breakfast meeting at 7:30 am, University Center POSTPONED 

    Sat., 21 - Men & Women's Student Retreat - 10 am - 2 pm - Dorothy Day Kender/Danko POSTPONED 

    Mon., 23 - Ryan Bomberger Student Special Event – sponsored  by Character U and the Pro Life Club at 7:00 pm, University Center

    Tues., 24 - Special Event Movie Screening - sponsored by the Division of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences at 6:30 pm, Gambet Center Auditorium

    Mon., 30 - Joan & R. Wayne Kraft Memorial Lecture - featuring Johnny Zokovitch, executive director of Pax Christi USA


    APRIL 2020

    Wed., 1 - Favorite Poetry Reading & Visiting Artist event at 7:00 pm, University Center

    Sun., 5 - Elisabeth Von Trapp in concert - one show only! - 2:00 pm, Labuda Theatre

    Mon., 6 - Faith & Reason Honors Program – senior thesis submissions due

    Mon., 20 - Review Committee meeting (Honors Thesis) at 12:30 pm, TBA          

    Sun., 26 - Faith & Reason Honors Program – annual Colloquium at 6:30 pm, University Center


    MAY 2020

    Sat., 2  - Salesian Retreat w/ Bro. Mickey McGrath from 10 am – 2:00 pm, Gambet Center

    Tues., 5 - DeSales Book Club discussion at 12:30 pm, Dooling 260

    Tues., 12 - Forum for Ethics in the Workplace – board meeting at 6:00 pm, University Center


    JUNE 2020

    Thurs., 4 - Forum for Ethics in the Workplace – breakfast meeting at 7:30 am, University Center

    Tues., 9 - Forum for Ethics in the Workplace – board meeting at 6:00 pm, University Center

    Sun., 28 - Fri. 3 - DREAMS/Fe program High School Retreats - on campus for 1 week


  • DREAMS/Fe Programs

    The DREAMS (DeSales Reinforcing Education Among Multicultural Students) Program is a summer residential program for high school students that offers the opportunity for personal growth through academic enrichment integrated with cultural and social activities. The goal of the DREAMS program is to encourage and support students to stay in school and to look to college as an opportunity that is within their reach. Beyond the summer experience, the DeSales DREAMS program offers students support for the entire year. During the day, high school students take classes and participate in numerous activities. In the evening, they stay in residence halls on campus. DeSales students assist them in classrooms and live with them in the residence halls to give them a true sense of college life. This program is free to any student grade 9 through 12 who applies and is accepted. 
    See below for application / forms or contact
    Lore McFadden, lore.mcfadden@desales.edu 


    Students:

    DREAMS application 2020       DREAMS recommendation form 2020


    Mentors:

    Mentor Application 2020       Mentor LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION

    Are you a recent graduate? Apply to be a paid coordinator for this summer program Coordinator Application


    The Fe (Futuros Empresarios) Program is a two-part summer initiative consisting of an academic session and an internship program run and administered by the Fé Foundation of the Lehigh Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

    Summer Academic Session: The first part is a one-week college-like experience at De Sales University. The students learn an array of life and office skills that include things such as checkbook balancing and resumé writing to proper office etiquette and interviewing behavior. All of this while getting a taste of the college experience by staying on-campus dorms at De Sales University.

    Summer Internships: Following the week-long course, students are placed into internships with businesses and organizations in the Lehigh Valley. The interests of the students, among other things, are taken into account when deciding where each student will intern. In these internships, students are able to expand on what they have learned during the academic session while also gaining insight into possible career paths and making great connections. As a reward, students receive a stipend upon graduation and will walk away much more prepared for the future. 
    Contact Myra Pina, with the Fe Foundation, for application, m.pina@fe-foundation.org


  • Annual Joan & R. Wayne Kraft Memorial Lecture

    The series honors Joan A. & Deacon R. Wayne Kraft. Deacon Kraft worked as an industrial engineer and was appointed professor of metallurgy and material science at Lehigh University. He was a specialist in the fields of physical metallurgy, X-ray diffraction, solidification and crystallography and systems philosophy. In this position he held two patents and authored more than 50 articles and reports in technical and professional journals.  As an adjunct professor in Philosophy 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. Kraft was awarded an honorary doctorate of humanities degree in 1984 and received the DeSales Medal in 1988 for his work as a Catholic layman. He served in the Army Corps of Engineers for two years after graduating from Lehigh. Dr. Kraft was 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. 

    Joan Kraft was a leader of song; one of the first women lectors; a Eucharistic Minister; a pioneer in church and civic affairs in the Bethlehem area; and served on the pastoral team of her parish. She also served on the parish council, was director of the RCIA program at St. Anne’s and helped found the bereavement committee.  Joan became the first Catholic woman to serve as a volunteer associate chaplain at St. Luke’s Hospital, having obtained a degree in pastoral care. She ministered on the cardiac and oncology wards and helped train new chaplains. She taught CCD at St. Anne’s for many years, and was active in settling Vietnamese refugees hosted by the parish. Joan helped initiate St Anne's involvement with the ecumenical soup kitchen at New Bethany Ministries in South Bethlehem, coordinating volunteers from the parish every fourth Thursday. During her many years in Bethlehem, she was involved in Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Pax Christi, the Green Circle, the Gourmet Club, the League of Women Voters, AAUW, the Jewish-Christian Dialogue and she served on the Board of the Catholic Social Agency and its Social Action Bureau for many years. In recognition of her many church and civic activities, Allentown College awarded Joan an honorary doctorate degree and also the DeSales Medal, and the Jesuit Center at Wernersville awarded her the Pilgrim Award. Joan passed away on December 23, 2015.

    the next Kraft lecture will take place on Monday, March 30, 2020
    featuring Johnny Zokovitch, executive director of Pax Christi

    5: 00 pm - Mass (Connelly Chapel) 

    6:00 p.m. - Reception (by invitation only) in the DeSales University Center

    7:00 p.m. - Lecture in the DeSales University Center 

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  • Salesian Center Special Events

    2019-20

    • April 5, 2020 - One Night Only - Elisabeth Von Trapp Concert 2:00 pm Main Stage, Labuda Theatre
    • March 24, 2020 - Special Screening of Inside/Outside - sponsored by the Division of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
    • March 23, 2020 - Ryan Bomberger (student) Special Event – sponsored  by Character U and the Pro-Life Club at 7:00 pm, University Center
    • December 7, 2019 - Women's Advent Breakfast - Reservations are made through the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church
    • November 2, 2019 - Women's Day Retreat - Free event for female students on Saturday, November 2 in the DeSales University Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring current student testimonies, conversation, reflection and prayer. Lunch is included.
    • September 19, 2019 - Sarah Swafford -Emotional Virtue for a Drama-Free Life (Teens and Adults) at 6:30 pm, St. Agnes Parish - Sellersville, PA
    • September 5, 2019 - An Evening with Paul J. Kim - FREE event on September 5 at 7 PM, in the DeSales University Center, featuring one of the most sought after Catholic speakers in America. Paul utilizes music, beat boxing, comedy, and motivational talks to communicate the Gospel in a way that is engaging, entertaining, and altogether life-changing. 

    2018-19

    • January 21 - 24, 2019 - Visitation Sisters of Annecy, France Art Exhibit by Anne Goetze.
      Open daily 8 am to 8 pm in the DeSales University Center on the campus in Center Valley, PA.
    • January 24, 2019 - Lecture following Mass on the feast day of our patron saint, Francis de Sales. This lecture is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. The lecture begins at 6:00 pm in the DeSales University Center on the campus in Center Valley, PA.

     

  • Student Retreats

    These retreats are designed for students to gather, reflect and share their faith guided by faculty and staff. 

    Saturday, March 21, 2020 - Co-ed Retreat led by Dr. William Hamant, Assistant Professor of Theology at DeSales University POSTPONED

    Saturday, November 2, 2019 - Women's Day Retreat led by Lore McFadden, Director of Programs for the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture at DeSales University 

    Sunday, April 7, 2019 - Men's retreat led by Fr. Kevin Nadolski, Vice President for Mission at DeSales University

    Sunday, March 31, 2019 - Women's Day Retreat led by Sara Hulse, Assistant Professor of Theology at DeSales University. 


  • Reel to Real Movie Series

    The Salesian Center for Faith & Culture sponsors special movie events to generate discussions on a particular topic of interest. Each film will be shown in the ** GAMBET CENTER AUDITORIUM at 7:00 p.m. (NEW TIME for one event below)
    (** unless otherwise noted) 

    These events are FREE and open to the public. FREE PIZZA, POPCORN & DRINKS!


    FALL 2019

    November 13, 2019 - a licensed showing of UNPLANNED with a Q & A session following the movie. Free pizza and soda for this event.


     SPRING 2020

    February 11, 2020 - we will be showing BELLA at 8:00 pm (NEW TIME) with a Q & A session following the movie.

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  • DeSales Book Club - formerly lunch bunch

    The Salesian Center for Faith & Culture sponsors an informal discussion group for interested full-time faculty & staff at DSU who read a book of contemporary cultural concern and share their reviews of it. 

    Through a generous endowment, the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture provides the books to be read and a free lunch.  Participants need only provide their interest and their thoughts. 

    The group meets three times, at six-week intervals, in each of the Fall and Spring semesters.  Each meeting takes place on a Tuesday, from 12:30 to 1:30 PM, in DOOLING 260


    HOW TO JOIN:
    (1)  Review the texts under consideration for the next semester from a list of potential books. (Book List)

    (2)  Choose THREE (3) books and prioritize them according to your own interest (#1 being your first choice to read, #2 your second, #3 your third). 

    (3)  Send your priority list via email to Lore McFadden and indicate your interest in joining this year's group and your availability to do so ... this only works if everyone attends the discussions. 

    (4)  The sessions will begin each Fall & Spring of the academic year. 


    The PARTICIPANTS in the SPRING 2020 Book Club are:

    Melissa Carroll - Associate Professor / Division of Healthcare 

    Stephen Carp - Assistant Professor / Division of Healthcare, DPT Program

    Joseph Colosi - Associate Professor of Biology / Natural Science Department

    Bill Dwyer - (retired) Associate Professor / Division of Business

    Michael Gallagher - Assistant Professor and Department Chair / Division of Business

    Sean Griech - Assistant Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy / Division of Healthcare

    Eric Hagan - Director / Distance Education and Instructional Technology

    Teresa Manion - Department Secretary / Division of Healthcare

    Lore McFadden - Director of Programs / Salesian Center for Faith & Culture


    Lunch is provided and we will meet in DOOLING 260 to discuss the following books: 

    Tuesday, February 11 - Vast Universe: Extraterrestrials And Christian Revelation  by Thomas O'meara OP 

    Tuesday, March 17 - It's Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered by Lysa TerKeurst

    Tuesday, May 5 - Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work by Chip Heath 


     

  • St. John Paul II Memorial Arts & Culture series

    In celebration of the life and legacy of Saint JOHN PAUL II (1920-2005), the Salesian Center sponsors an annual event focusing on the beauty of the arts (music, drama, poetry, literature, etc.). The memorial celebration is endowed by the Althea A. Livirrie and Joseph & Rose Livirrie Endowment for Arts & Culture.

    The event is held annually, on or around the April 2nd date of the pontiff's death.  All performances are free and open to the public.
         
    The next celebration takes place (date TBA)  at 7:00 p.m. in the DeSales University Center on the DeSales campus in Center Valley.

    The featured guest speaker/performer TBD.

     


     Archives:

    2019 - Favorite Poem Poetry Reading featuring faculty, staff and administrators of DeSales University 

    2018 - ‘The artist, image of God the Creator’ JPII. Singer, songwriter and musician Austin Nick Piel accompanied by Maddie Hallman 

    2017 - From Inspiration to Illumination The Saint John’s Bible A Handwritten Bible For the New Millennium

    2016 - Made for Greatness: a special presentation by Leah Darrow

    2015 - The Actor: A World Tour presentation by the Playwright Daniel McInerny

    2014 - Francis, The Pope from the New World: a special movie premiere featuring Q & A with Fr. David Vincent Meconi, S.J.

    2013 - Catholic singer/songwriter Ryan Tremblay

    2012 - The Gospel of Mark LIVE featuring Wayne Turney

    2011 - Before he was Pope: LOLEK the play

    2010 - Testimony (film): The Untold Story of John Paul II

    2009 - The Poetry of John Paul II featuring author Susan Provost Beller 

    2008 - Blessed Art Thou: an exploration of light & grace through art in the spirit of John Paul II’s “letter to artists” featuring artist Mickey McGrath, OSFS

    2007 - The Jeweler's Shop: a dramatic stage reading by members of Act 1 at DeSales University, directed by Anne Lewis

    2006 - Mark Mallett: renowned Canadian singer, songwriter and Catholic Missionary featuring music from his Song for Karol cd


     

  • The Hesburgh Lecture

    This series is sponsored by the Notre Dame Club of the Lehigh Valley and co-sponsored by the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture.

    These events are free and open to the public. No tickets are required for this event.


    Previous events:

    2019 featuring Thomas F.X. Noble, Ph.D.

    2018 featuring John C. Cavadini, Ph.D.

     2017  featuring James McKenna, Ph.D.

     2016  featuring Luis Ricardo Fraga, Ph.D.

     2015  featuring Gilberto Cardenas, Ph.D.

     2013  featuring Rev. David Link, J.D.

     2010  featuring Robert P. Schmuhl, Ph.D.

    2009  featuring Prof. Donald Kommers


  • Ruggiero Lecture on Catholic Education

    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. 

    Mr. Ruggiero worked in the Bethlehem Area School District for 32 years, serving as a social studies teacher, assistant principal, and principal at Liberty High School.  He earned his master's in education from Lehigh University and completed post-graduate work at Georgetown University.

    Upon his death in 1994, he bequeathed to the college a significant gift, which now forms the bulk of the endowment for this lecture series.  The Ruggiero Lectures focus on topics in the realm of Catholic education. 
    These events are free and open to the public. No tickets are required. 


    Previous events:

    2017 - Dr. William Thierfelder, President, Belmont Abbey College, North Carolina.

    2016 - Ryan Topping, D. Phil., Fellow at Thomas More College of the Liberal Arts in New Hampshire.

    2015 - Michele Quigley, creator of numerous tools and resources for Catholic homeschooling mothers, including the popular Catholic Daily Planner and Mater Amabilis, a rigorous, living books curriculum for home school education

    2014 -  Anthony Esolen, Professor of Renaissance English Literature at Providence College

    2013 - Samuel Casey Carter, Chief Executive Officer, Faith in the Future Foundation

    2012 - Rev. James Heft, S.M.., President of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies

    2011 - Dr. Anthony Cernera, President of the International Federation of Catholic Universities

    2010 - John T. James, Ed.D., Assistant professor and director of Catholic Leadership Programs at Saint Louis University

    2009 - John Staud, Ph.D., Director of the Alliance for Catholic Education University of Notre Dame

    2008 - Mother Françoise-Bernadette Beuzelin, O.S.F.S., Mother General of the Oblate Sisters of St. Francis de Sales successor to St. Leonie de Sales Aviat

    2007 - Sr. Mary Berchmans Hannan, V.H.M.., President Emerita - Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School

    2006 - Dr. John J. Convey, Provost & St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Professor of Education - The Catholic University of America

    2005 - Michael Guerra, United Nations delegate - International Office of Catholic Education

    2004 -  Fr. Jack Podsiadlo, S.J..  Executive Director of the Nativity Network

    2003 - Sr. Rose Marie DeCarlo, I.H.M., General Superior of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

    2002 - James J. Cusimano, Esq., Secretary of Education (retired) - Diocese of Allentown, PA 


  • Pilgrimage

    Occasionally, the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture sponsors a sacred pilgrimage to places associated with the history of Salesian Spirituality. 

    2012 - pilgrimage to Troyes & Paris, France

    Pilgrimage 2012


    2007 - pilgrimage to the land of Savoy

    on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Florimontane Academy (1607-1610)

    Pilgrimage 2007

     

     

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