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Press Release: Salesian Center to Host Second Annual Heritage Week, Jan. 21 to Jan. 25, to Honor Patron Saint Francis DeSales
Date: 1/3/2007


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Salesian Center to Host Second Annual Heritage Week, Jan. 21 to Jan. 25, to Honor Patron Saint Francis DeSales

The Salesian Center for Faith and Culture at DeSales University will, for the second consecutive year, host a week of events designed to celebrate the legacy of St. Francis de Sales, patron of DeSales University. The events run Sunday, January 21 through Thursday, January 25.

"St. Francis de Sales was a Doctor of the Church, he was a preacher, bishop, journalist, lawyer and Christian humanist and remains a spiritual treasure in the history of the Roman Catholicism," said the Reverend Thomas Dailey, OSFS, director of the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture. "Through this annual series of events, we honor his professions, his legacy and his ongoing impact in today's culture."

The lineup of events for Heritage Week kicks off with the Rev. James P. Olson, S.T.L., of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia, who will serve as guest celebrant and homilist at 8 p.m., Sunday, January 21 at the Mass of St. Francis de Sales in the Connelly Chapel.

On Monday, January 22, the Baranzano Society of the Salesian Center will present authors Dr. John Castaldo, chief of the Division of Neurology, Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network (LVHHN), and Dr. Lawrence Levitt, neurologist and professor of clinical medicine at LVHHN, at 7:30 p.m., in the new University Center at DeSales. The guests will reflect on their new book titled "The Man with the Iron Tattoo," a powerful and insightful look back on the lessons the two have learned from their patients during their careers. The authors will sign books following the lecture. "The Man with the Iron Tattoo," is available at area bookstores and will be for sale following the event.

Patrick McKinley Brennan, professor of law and the John F. Scarpa Chair in Catholic Legal Studies at Villanova University, will present a discussion about law, religion, politics and culture at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 23, in the Air Products Room of the Trexler Library at DeSales.

On Wednesday, January 24, the Salesian Center will host longtime Newsweek religion editor Kenneth Woodward during a town hall-style discussion at 7:30 p.m., in the Arena Stage at the Labuda Center at DeSales University. He will discuss the prospect of finding common ground between journalism and religion, his career highlights and the state of affairs in journalism in America today.

The week ends with the Annual R. Wayne Kraft Memorial Lecture at 8 p.m., Thursday, January 25 in the University Center. Sister Carol Jean Vale, S.S.J., Ph.D., president of Chestnut Hill College will talk about Teilhard de Chardin, a French Jesuit, paleontologist, biologist, and philosopher, who spent the bulk of his life trying to integrate religious experience with natural science, most specifically Christian theology with theories of evolution.

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 Second Annual Heritage Week, Jan. 21 to Jan. 25, to Honor Patron Saint Francis DeSales | Posted on: 1/3/2007

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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