Center for Discernment at DeSales University to Offer Opportunities for Students to Explore Church Vocations
DeSales University has established the Center for Discernment, a new initiative designed to help students gain insight on the wide variety of vocations available within the Catholic faith. The new program will be implemented in August 2008.
Father Christopher Hudgin, OSFS, assistant dean of student life at DeSales, will serve as director of the Center. According to Fr. Hudgin, DeSales has introduced the Center for Discernment as part of its continuing commitment to the intellectual and spiritual development of its students.
"Specifically, the Center will help those students who believe that they may be called to religious life, priesthood, or lay ecclesial ministry to learn more about these vocations as they pursue their undergraduate degree," said Fr. Hudgin. "The students in the program will pray and reflect on their Catholic faith and how they might best serve God in the Church of the twenty-first century."
The Center will focus on the development of mature Christian character, a full and disciplined engagement in the sacramental life of the Catholic faith, and involvement in the many social works that are central to the communal life of our university. All of this will be done in conjunction with the student's undergraduate studies.
The Center's programs will focus on the four pillars of the Christian life: human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral. In addition, they will be guided by the principles of Salesian spirituality, based on the teachings of Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622), the university's patron saint, a doctor of the Church who declared that all Christians, no matter what their state in life, are called to holiness.
At the completion of their studies, participants in the programs will have an understanding and an experience conducive to living the Christian life according to Catholic intellectual and spiritual traditions. They also will have a degree that will prepare them for either a religious vocation or another profession.
In addition to Fr. Hudgin, other DeSales faculty members serving on the staff of the new Center include: Dr. Stephen Loughlin, associate professor of philosophy and theology; Dr. Larry Chapp, professor of philosophy and theology, and Father Thomas Dailey, OSFS, director of the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture at DeSales, and professor of theology. The Center's staff will advise and assist students in choosing appropriate majors, electives, and activities.
To participate in the program, students must attend the university full time and be in good academic standing. Students enrolled in the Center will live as part of a community in a residence reserved for its use, but will be encouraged to participate as fully as possible in the life of the larger university community.
For more information, contact Fr. Christopher Hudgin, director of the Center for Discernment at DeSales University, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1482, or at Christopher.Hudgin@desales.edu.
Press Release: Center for Discernment at DeSales University to Offer Opportunities for Students to Explore Church Vocations | Posted on: 11/19/2007
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