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Press Release: Successor to a Saint Is 2008 Ruggiero Lecturer at DeSales, Monday, Sept. 8
Date: 9/5/2008


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Successor to a Saint Is 2008 Ruggiero Lecturer at DeSales, Monday, Sept. 8

Mother Francoise-Bernadette Beuzenil, OSFS, Superior General of the Oblate Sisters of St. Francis de Sales of Troyes, France, will deliver the 2008 Anthony Ruggiero Lecture on Catholic Education at 7:30 p.m., Monday, September 8, in the White Pavilion in the University Center on the Center Valley Campus of DeSales University.

Sponsored by the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture at DeSales, the event is free and open to the public and focuses on Catholic education. The focus of this year's lecture is "Saintly Education: The Oblate Legacy from Fr. Louis Brisson and St. Leonie Aviat."

"The Oblate sisters teach in schools, parishes, and missions around the world and have done so for more than a century," said Father Thomas Dailey, director of the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture. "This year we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the death of Father Louis Brisson, who founded the Oblate Sisters along with St. Leonie Aviat.  We are honored that the saint's successor as Superior General would visit from France to discuss with us the great educational legacy of these holy founders, and how important and relevant their method remains today."        

Originally established as 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 DeSales University. He retired from public education in 1990. Upon his death in 1994, he bequeathed a significant gift to the University, which helped endow the lecture series.

Established in 2000, the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture promotes the interaction of faith and culture through academic initiatives that focus on the authentic integration of social concerns and gospel values. For more information contact the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture at 610-282-1100, ext. 1244 or SCFC@desales.edu.

Press Release: Successor to a Saint Is 2008 Ruggiero Lecturer at DeSales, Monday, Sept. 8 | Posted on: 9/5/2008

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Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

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