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Lectures & Events

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.

Dialogue Opportunities

  • Master Calendar

  • Annual Joan & R. Wayne Kraft Memorial Lecture

    The 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 next Kraft lecture ... Tuesday, November 27, 2018

    5: 15 pm - Prayer Service in Wills Hall Chapel

    5:45 p.m. - Reception (by invitation only) in the DeSales University Center

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

    featuring: KATHLEEN DUFFY, SSJ, PH.D., Professor of Physics at Chestnut Hill College

    Kraft printable flier

    Archive: 2018 Kraft lecture

  • 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. (** unless otherwise noted) These events are FREE and open to the public.FREE POPCORN TOO!!!

    FALL 2018

    October 11, 2018 - Loving -  a 2016 British-American historical drama film which tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, the plaintiffs in the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, which invalidated state laws prohibiting interracial marriage

    November 8, 2018 - Collateral Beauty - Retreating from life after a tragedy, a man questions the universe by writing to Love, Time and Death. Receiving unexpected answers, he begins to see how these things interlock and how even loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.

    SPRING 2019

    February 14, 2019 - I Can Only Imagine - Growing up in Greenville, Texas, Bart Millard suffers physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his father, Arthur. When Arthur becomes terminally ill, he finds redemption by embracing his faith and rediscovering his love for his son. 

    ** April 15, 2019 Paul - Apostle of Christ The story covers Paul going from the most infamous persecutor of Christians to Jesus Christ's most influential apostle. Will be shown in the DeSales University Center

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  • 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 on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the DeSales University Center on the DeSales campus in Center Valley.

    The featured guest speaker/performer TBD.



    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.

    The next lecture will take place on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 7:00 pm in the DeSales University Center.

    This event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required for this event.

    Hesburgh printable flier 2019




  • 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 the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture.

    (1)  Review the texts under consideration for the next semester from a list of potential books. (Book List being updated)

    (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 Spring 2019 group will be selected on December 20, 2018 so that books can be ordered ... so get your entries in before then!  

    The PARTICIPANTS in the SPRING 2019 Book Club are:

    Melissa A Carroll - Assistant Professor / Division of Healthcare
    Michael Gallagher - Assistant Professor and Department Chair / Division of Business
    Joseph Colosi - Associate Professor of Biology / Natural Science Department
    Bill Dwyer - (retired) Associate Professor / Division of Business
    Teresa Manion - Department Secretary / Division of Healthcare
    Lore McFadden - Director of Programs / Salesian Center for Faith & Culture
    Chris Hewatt - Instructional Designer / Distance Education and Instructional Technology
    Kathy Krause - Coordinator of Experiential Learning / Career Development Center
    Michele Mrazik - Public Services Librarian / Trexler Library
    Eric Hagan - Director / Distance Education and Instructional Technology

    Lunch is provided and we will discuss the following books: 

    February 5, 2019 - Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

    March 19, 2019 - The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World

    May 7, 2019 - The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters 

  • 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. 

    The next Ruggiero lecture TBA

  • 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



  • Special Events

    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.