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Press Release: Salesian Center to Host Heritage Week to Honor Patron Saint Francis DeSales
Date: 12/15/2005

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

In January 2006, the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture at DeSales University will host a week of events designed to celebrate the legacy of St. Francis de Sales, patron of DeSales University.

"St. Francis de Sales was a preacher, bishop, journalist, lawyer, and Christian humanist," said The Reverend Thomas Dailey, OSFS, director of the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture. "He, along with St. Jane de Chantal, founded the Visitation of Holy Mary, a religious order still present and vibrant today, he was named a Doctor of the Church, and he remains a spiritual treasure in the history of the Roman Catholic Church. Celebrating his life, his legacy and his impact today is what Heritage Week is all about."  The lineup of events for Heritage Week kicks off with Monsignor Charles M. Murphy, author of "Belonging to God: A Personal Training Guide for the Deeper Catholic Spiritual Life," who will serve as guest celebrant and homilist at 8 p.m., Sunday, January 22 at the Mass of St. Francis de Sales in the Connelly Chapel.

On Monday, the Baranzano Society of the Salesian Center will present "A Healthcare Dilemma: Who Lives? Who Dies? Who Decides?" - a forum on the crucial, often heart breaking decisions that need to be made for critically ill patients, who makes them, and the morality and ethics behind those decisions. The event begins at 7:30 p.m., Monday, January 23 in the Arena Stage at the Labuda Center at DeSales University. Guest panelists from medicine, law and ethics will look at the ongoing debate.

Attorney and Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law professor and Dean, William J. Wagner, will present a discussion about law and religion at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 24, in the Trexler Library at DeSales University.
On Wednesday, the Salesian Center will host the priest who was Mel Gibson's advisor on the film, "The Passion of the Christ." The Reverend John Bartunek will speak at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 25, in the Iacocca Studios of the Labuda Center at DeSales University. He will provide an insider's look at the theology, filming decisions and artistic choices behind the film.
The week ends with the Annual R. Wayne Kraft Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, January 26 in the McShea Student Union. The Reverend Monsignor Aloysius Callaghan, will talk about his work as Diocesan secretary under Bishop Joseph McShea, founder of DeSales University, what McShea's vision for the college was then and its impact today as they celebrate its 40 anniversary.
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's mission is to promote the interaction of faith and culture, in a mutually beneficial engagement, through academic initiatives that focus on the authentic integration of social concerns and gospel values. The Salesian Center supports intellectual activity in research studies, dialogue events including public forums and lectures and partnership programs.

Press Release: Salesian Center to Host Heritage Week to Honor Patron Saint Francis DeSales | Posted on: 12/15/2005

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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