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.
Salesian Dialogue Opportunities
Salesian Center Master Calendar2019-2020 Master Calendar coming soon!
Annual Joan & R. Wayne Kraft Memorial Lecture
The series honors Joan A. & Deacon R. Wayne Kraft. Deacon Kraft, who died in 1994, worked as an industrial engineer and 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.
Joan Kraft was 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 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. Joan passed away on December 23, 2015.
the next Kraft lecture ... WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2019
featuring DEACON MAURICE KELLY, 1987 DeSales Alumnus and permanent deacon at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Coplay Pa.
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
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!!!
October 10, 2019 - movie TBA
February 18, 2020 - movie TBA
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.
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.
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
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.
HOW TO JOIN:
(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 sessions will begin each Fall & Spring of the academic year. .
The PARTICIPANTS in the FALL 2019 Book Club are:
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
Eric Hagan - Director / Distance Education and Instructional Technology
Chris Hewatt - Instructional Designer / Distance Education and Instructional Technology
Kathy Krause - Coordinator of Experiential Learning / Career Development Center
Teresa Manion - Department Secretary / Division of Healthcare
Lore McFadden - Director of Programs / Salesian Center for Faith & Culture
Michele Mrazik - Public Services Librarian / Trexler Library
Joseph Schodowski - General Maintenance / Campus Environment
Lunch is provided and we will discuss the following books:
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.
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
PilgrimageOccasionally, 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
Salesian Center Special Events
An Evening with Paul J. Kim - FREE event on Thursday, 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.
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.