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Press Release: Donahue Hall, Newest Residence Hall at DeSales, to Be Dedicated Saturday, Sept. 27
Date: 9/26/2008

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Donahue Hall, Newest Residence Hall at DeSales, to Be Dedicated Saturday, Sept. 27

DeSales University will dedicate the Fr. Bernard F. Donahue, OSFS, Hall, its newest and largest residence hall, at 4:45 p.m., Saturday, September 27. The 30-minute ceremony will be held in the lobby of the new facility. Room tours conducted by DeSales students and staff will be available.

Donahue Hall, the newest student residence at DeSales, is named in honor of Fr. Bernard F. Donahue, OSFS, (1930 - 2008). Fr. Donahue, distinguished professor of politics at DeSales from Fall 1966 to Spring 1999, was a well-respected and popular faculty member who had a profound impact on the lives of students through the years. Fr. Donahue passed away on July 9.

During the ceremony, DeSales President the Very Rev. Bernard F. O'Connor, OSFS, will give welcoming and closing remarks. Following the opening remarks, a blessing will be given by Fr. Mark Plaushin, OSFS, a DeSales faculty member and director of pastoral planning for Philadelphia - Wilmington province for the Oblates of Saint Frances de Sales, the order that administers to DeSales University.

Also, special remarks will be provided by people representing three important segments of Fr. Donahue's life. They include: Lawrence B. Donahue, brother of Fr. Donahue; Fr. Mark Plaushin, OSFS, a member of the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales, the order to which Fr. Donahue belonged, and the Honorable William E. Ford '72, a former student of Fr. Donahue.

In addition, DeSales students and staff members will be conducting tours of select rooms in the facility, for those interested in getting a closer look at accommodations.

Dedication activities will conclude with a Mass of Thanksgiving in Connelly Chapel beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Donahue Hall, completed in August, opened for occupancy at the start of the Fall 2008 semester. Valued at more than $9 million, the three-story, 51,000 square-foot facility houses 190 upperclass students in suite-style accommodations (two double rooms that share a bathroom) and contains 6 area lounges and an extended visitation main lounge. The architect for the project was LB&W Design Associates, Inc., the engineers were Keystone Consulting Engineers, and the general contractor was Alvin H. Butz, Inc.

A native of Philadelphia, Fr. Donahue entered the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales in 1948 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1958. He was a faculty member at DeSales from fall 1966 to spring 1999. During that time, Fr. Donahue served as department chairperson and professor of politics. He developed the school's politics program and taught that man's search for good, and man's efforts "to get from here to there," can best be illuminated through the study of the great political philosophers, informed by trenchant analysis of economics, geography, psychology, and history. This "guide for life" won him the respect and admiration of students through the years. Fr. Donahue was also the founding religious superior of Father Louis Brisson Seminary in Center Valley, Pa., the Oblate seminary for college and graduate students attending schools in the area.

A graduate of Northeast Catholic High School in Philadelphia, Fr. Donahue earned an A.B. in classical studies from Niagara University. He completed his theological studies at the DeSales School of Theology in Washington, D.C., and earned an M.A. in politics from the Catholic University of America, and a Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to DeSales University, he taught at The Salesianum School in Wilmington, Del. He also served as a visiting professor at St. Mary's College of California, a visiting scholar at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif., and a fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities at Princeton. He received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from DeSales University in May 2005.

Press Release: Donahue Hall, Newest Residence Hall at DeSales, to Be Dedicated Saturday, Sept. 27 | Posted on: 9/26/2008

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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