Heritage Week Events Honoring Patron Saint Francis DeSales to Feature Annual Kraft Lecture and Talk by Legendary Broadcaster Harry Kalas, January 20 to 24
The Salesian Center for Faith and Culture will host the third annual Heritage Week at DeSales University, a series of events celebrating the legacy of St. Francis de Sales, patron of DeSales University, from Sunday, January 20, through Thursday, January 24.
Among the featured events are the Annual R. Wayne Kraft Memorial Lecture and a talk by legendary sports broadcaster, Harry Kalas. Also, a special mass, panel discussion related to youth sports and a seminar on law and society. All events will be held on the Center Valley campus and are open to the public free of charge.
"Through this annual series of events, we honor St. Francis de Sales as a Doctor of the Church, a preacher, bishop, journalist, lawyer and Christian humanist and we celebrate his lasting legacy and ongoing impact in today's culture," said the Rev. Thomas Dailey, OSFS, director of the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture.
The lineup of events for Heritage Week begins with the Rev. Msgr. Michael F. Hull, S.T.D., rector of the St. John Neumann Residence and professor at St. Joseph's Seminary, Dunwoodie, Archdiocese of New York, who will serve as guest celebrant and homilist at 8 p.m., Sunday, January 20 for the Mass of St. Francis de Sales in the Connelly Chapel. He will be musically accompanied by the DeSales University Schola Cantorum.
On Monday, January 21, at 7:30 in the Gerald White Pavilion in the DeSales University Center, the Baranzano Society will present a panel discussion with doctors Michael W. Collins, assistant director of the Sports Concussion Program at the University of Pittsburg Medical Center and chief clinical officer and co-founder of ImPACT Applications Inc., providers of computerized neurocognitive assessment tools and services for head injuries; and Kevin Waninger, director of sports medicine at St. Luke's Hospital and Health Network. They will speak on the impact of concussions on youth sports. Tawny Duliba, a former goalkeeper in the Women's Premier Soccer League, whose six concussions finally forced the decision to stop playing, will round out the panel.
The Honorable John E. Jones, III, U.S. District Justice, Third Circuit, will present a seminar on law and society citing the landmark trial Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, over which he presided and ruled that teaching of "intelligent design" in public schools is unconstitutional. The event is co-sponsored by the St. Thomas More Society and will take place on Tuesday, January 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gerald White Pavilion in the DeSales University Center.
On Wednesday, January 23, the Salesian Center will host legendary Philadelphia Phillies broadcaster, Harry Kalas, in a town-hall discussion about baseball as America's national pastime at 3:30 p.m. in the Kresge Lounge in Billera Hall. Kalas has called more than 5,000 games for the Phillies since 1971. Previously, he was a member of the Houston Astros broadcast team. In 2002, he received the Ford C. Frick Award from baseball's Hall of Fame, in recognition of his major contributions to baseball. Kalas is a 17-time winner of the Pennsylvania Sportscaster of the year award.
The week ends with the Annual R. Wayne Kraft Memorial Lecture at 8 p.m., Thursday, January 24, in the Gerald White Pavilion in the DeSales University Center. Rev. James Schall, S.J., Ph.D., author and professor of government at Georgetown University will discuss the 2006 speech by Pope Benedict XVI at the University of Regensburg, Germany, which created an international furor. One of Schall's recent books explains both the central concepts and the importance of that history-making speech.
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. For information about the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture, click on the Salesian Center icon on the DeSales University home page at www.desales.edu.
Press Release: Heritage Week Events Honoring Patron Saint Francis DeSales to Feature Annual Kraft Lecture and Talk by Legendary Broadcaster Harry Kalas, January 20 to 24 | Posted on: 12/20/2007
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