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Salesian Center to Host Annual Heritage Week to Honor Patron Saint Francis DeSales

The Salesian Center for Faith and Culture will host the fifth annual Heritage Week, a series of events celebrating the educational legacy of St. Francis de Sales, patron of DeSales University. All events are free and open to the public and run Sunday, January 24 through Thursday, January 28.

Heritage Week begins 8 p.m., Sunday, January 24 with the Mass for the Feast of St. Francis de Sales in the Connelly Chapel. The Most Reverend John O. Barres, Bishop of Allentown, will serve as guest celebrant and homilist.

On Monday, January 25, at 7:30 p.m., in the White Pavilion in the DeSales University Center, the Baranzano Society will present a public forum on bioethics featuring Dr. Marie Hilliard, director of bioethics and public policy for the National Catholic Bioethics Center. A registered nurse who has been involved with health care regulation at the state and national levels for more than a decade, she will speak about “Safeguarding the Conscience of Healthcare Providers.” Two physician members of the Society will serve as respondents.

A seminar on law and society will be held on Tuesday, January 26, at 7:30 p.m., also in the White Pavilion. Featured guest, The Honorable Joan Orie Melvin, newly-elected Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, will discuss “Keeping the Faith While Upholding the Law.”

On Wednesday, January 27, at 7:30 p.m., again in the White Pavilion, publishers from two area newspapers will participate in a town hall discussion on “The Future of Newspapers.” Tim Kennedy, publisher, president and CEO of The Morning Call and Martin Till, president and publisher of The Express Times are the featured guests, with Dr. Angela Corbo, assistant professor of communications at DeSales, serving as moderator.

The week closes with the annual R. Wayne Kraft Memorial Lecture at 8 p.m., Thursday, January 28, in the White Pavilion. Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications from Vatican City, Monsignor Paul Tighe, is this year’s Kraft lecturer. Appointed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007 and one of the officials responsible for the Church’s global media, Tighe will discuss “Communicating Faith in Today’s Culture.”

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture at DeSales University at 610-282-1100, ext. 1244. 

Established in 2000, the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture will be celebrating its 10th anniversary. The Salesian Center promotes academic initiatives that integrate social concerns and gospel values in the tradition of Christian Humanism. The activities of the Salesian Center include research on faith developments in the modern world, dialogue about how spirituality can impact contemporary life, and partnerships with various public sectors to forge the link between faith and culture. To learn more about the Salesian Center, visit our web site at www.desales.edu/salesian.

Press Release: Salesian Center to Host Annual Heritage Week to Honor Patron Saint Francis DeSales | Posted on: 1/20/2010

For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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