Statement from DeSales University on the Death of Pope John Paul II
DeSales University joins the Diocese of Allentown and the universal Church in mourning the death of Pope John Paul II and in celebrating his entry into eternal life.
As pope, John Paul II has been called "Holy Father" and that is how we remember him. For over twenty-six years, he has shown a father's solicitude for all people and provided the world with a shining example of the dignity of human life and death. That global ministry has been inspired by the divine call to holiness that is grounded in the truth of Jesus Christ as the redeemer of humanity. As Holy Father, Pope John Paul II he has been the world's witness to hope, and we embrace his call to "be not afraid."
At DeSales University, we have established a research center inspired by the distinctive teaching of Pope John Paul II concerning the interaction of faith and culture. Our educational mission is to realize his vision of a Catholic university, whose responsibility is "to try to communicate to society those ethical and religious principles which give full meaning to human life."
Now we entrust the soul of the Holy Father to the same Blessed Virgin Mary to whom the pope dedicated himself "Totus Tuus" ("entirely yours"). On campus, Mary is memorialized in the statue of "Our Lady of Deliverance." With faith and hope, we pray that she now deliver the pope from his earthly mortality and welcome John Paul II with open arms into the kingdom of God.
[Please note: Information regarding university events in remembrance of Pope John Paul II is forthcoming, pending confirmation of details.]
Press Release: Statement from DeSales University on the Death of Pope John Paul II | Posted on: 4/3/2005
For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034
610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu