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Press Release: Salesian Center At DeSales To Celebrate 25th Anniversary Of Pope John Paul II, Sat., Oct. 18
Date: 10/10/2003


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Salesian Center At DeSales To Celebrate 25th Anniversary Of Pope John Paul II, Sat., Oct. 18

Events focus on Pope's legacy of social communications and include a symposium, a film, special mass and reception.

Center Valley, Pa. (October 2, 2003) -- The Salesian Center for Faith & Culture at DeSales University will commemorate the legacy of Pope John Paul II, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of his election, with a series of events on Saturday, October 18. The festivities will be held on the university campus in Center Valley and are open to the public free of charge.

In honor of Francis de Sales, who is the patron saint of writers and teachers, the events will focus on the pope's legacy of social communications.

They include:

The screening of "Witness to Hope: The Life of Karol Wojityia, Pope John Paul II," beginning at noon in the Air Products Room in the Trexler Library. Filmed on location in Krakow and Rome, this richly textured documentary was produced in 2001, and traces the personal life and struggles of the first non-Italian pope in more than 450 years.
The focal point of the celebrations, a symposium on the legacy of social communications during the pontificate of John Paul II, at 2:30 p.m., in the arena stage of the Labuda Center for the Performing & Fine Arts. Featured panelists are: Robert Royal, president of the Faith & Reason Institute in Washington, D.C., who will examine the Pope's literary legacy; Margaret Melady, former president of the American University of Rome, who will analyze the rhetoric of Pope John Paul II, and Rev. Thomas Dailey, OSFS, director of the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture at DeSales, who will comment on John Paul II and the World Day of Communications, which is celebrated annually on the feast day of St. Francis de Sales. The session will include a public discussion.
A special 25th anniversary mass at 5:00 p.m. in the Connelly Chapel, which will feature music by the Schola Cantorum of the DeSales University chorale. The Most Reverend Thomas Welsh, D.D., retired bishop of Allentown, Pa., will preside at the liturgy, and the Rev. James Cryan, OSFS, of Toledo, Ohio, will be the homilist. Father Cryan is serving as the first Visiting Salesian Scholar at DeSales and will be in residence at the university for the 2003-2004 academic year.
The day's events conclude with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Priscilla Payne Hurd Science Center, sponsored by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. At that time, the university will announce the launch of a new electronic publication - Florilege: A Journal of Faith & Culture -- under the auspices of the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture.
For further information, contact the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture at DeSales University (phone 610.282.1100 ext. 1464).


Press Release: Salesian Center At DeSales To Celebrate 25th Anniversary Of Pope John Paul II, Sat., Oct. 18 | Posted on: 10/10/2003

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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