About the Salesian Center
The Salesian Center for Faith & Culture is the first center for research and development at DeSales University. Our activities include research on faith developments in the modern world, dialogue about how spirituality can impact our contemporary life, and partnerships to make the link between faith and culture happen.
Throughout its history, DeSales University, has maintained as its purpose to share the benefits of higher learning with qualified students in order that they may enjoy and contribute to the achievements of civilization. Specifically, the mission of DeSales University is "to provide men and women with a liberal education in the Catholic and the Salesian traditions, emphasizing academic excellence, individual attention, a community experience, mutual concern, and preparation for careers."
In the Spring of 1999, the Board of Trustees decided to endow the creation of an academic institute in recognition of the long-standing service of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales at Allentown College and as part of the retirement celebration for the Rev. Daniel G. Gambet, OSFS who served as the college's second president for twenty years. During the 1999-2000 academic year the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales investigated the establishment of such a center and to delineate its character and function. Following this investigation, the Board of Trustees, at its meeting in April 2000, approved the prospectus, budget projections, and developmental plans. Thus, it formally established the new Salesian Center for Faith and Culture.
The Salesian Center for Faith & Culture continues to play a major role in realizing the strategic objectives of DeSales University. Its programs and activities serve as the catalyst for the campus community to be and become who we are ... the only university in the world specifically dedicated to perpetuating the legacy of St. Francis de Sales and disseminating the tradition of Salesian Christian Humanism.
The interdisciplinary mission of the Salesian Center is to promote the interaction of faith and culture, in a mutually beneficial engagement, through academic initiatives that focus on the authentic integration of social concerns and gospel values, an integration that has been embodied in the lives ofSt. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal and that continues to be expressed in the tradition of Christian Humanism. Establishing the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture represented another significant step in the development of the institution.