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Press Release: Michael J. Guerra, U.N. Delegate in the International Office of Catholic Education, to Deliver 2005 Ruggiero Lecture, Mon., Sept. 12
Date: 9/2/2005


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Michael J. Guerra, U.N. Delegate in the International Office of Catholic Education, to Deliver 2005 Ruggiero Lecture, Mon., Sept. 12

Michael J. Guerra, U.N. delegate in the International Office of Catholic Education and former president of the National Catholic Educational Association, will be the 2005 Ruggiero Lecturer at DeSales University on Monday, September 12. Guerra will speak on Catholic Schools in the United States: A Gift to the Church and a Gift to the Nation at 7:30 p.m. in Kresge Lounge of Billera Hall. Sponsored by the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture at DeSales, the event is open to the public free of charge.

Previously, Guerra served as president of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) for four years, and as executive director of Secondary Schools Department at NCEA for 19 years.

During his tenure as president, he presided over NCEA's centennial observation that included a meeting for 250 Catholic educators with President George bush. He also presided over the presentation of an historical overview of U.S. Catholic education to Pope John Paul II and the foundation for a strategic plan to strengthen Catholic education. Prior to his service at NCEA, Guerra was headmaster of Loyola School in New York City.

Guerra earned a master's degree in educational administration from Columbia University. An outspoken advocate for school choice and education reform, Guerra has led many research projects and authored several publications, including Lighting New Fires: American Catholic Schooling 25 Years After Vatican II.

Formerly The St. Leonie Aviat Lecture on Catholic Education, the series was renamed The Anthony Ruggiero Lecture on Catholic Education in 2005, to reflect the endowment provided by the Ruggiero family of Bethlehem.

Anthony "Tony" Ruggiero was a well known and widely respected educator in the Bethlehem Area School District, where he worked for 32 years. He taught French and Social Studies at Liberty High School, prior to his appointment as assistant principal and then principal in the 1980s.

He earned his master's degree in education from Lehigh University and completed post-graduate work at Georgetown University. He was an adjunct faculty member who taught the philosophy of education and helped supervise the student teacher program at Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales, now DeSales University. He retired from public education in 1990. Upon his death in 1994, he bequeathed a significant gift to the college, which helped endow the lecture series.

The Salesian Center for Faith & Culture at DeSales University provides scientific research on the religion's role in contemporary life, public dialogue about how spiritual matters impact the ways of the world, and partnership programs that foster a link between faith and culture.

For more information, contact Rev. Thomas Dailey, OSFS, director of the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture and professor of theology at DeSales, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1464, or at SCFC@desales.edu.


Press Release: Michael J. Guerra, U.N. Delegate in the International Office of Catholic Education, to Deliver 2005 Ruggiero Lecture, Mon., Sept. 12 | Posted on: 9/2/2005

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