The Salesian Center for Faith and Culture will host the fourth annual Heritage Week at DeSales University, a series of events celebrating the legacy of St. Francis de Sales, patron of DeSales University. All events are free and open to the public and run Sunday, January 18 through Thursday, January 22.
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"Each year during Heritage Week we honor St. Francis de Sales and celebrate his lasting legacy and ongoing impact in today's culture. This year's Heritage Week takes on an even deeper meaning because we celebrate Francis' words which are as meaningful and impactful today as they were 400 years ago," said the Rev. Thomas Dailey, OSFS, director of the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture. This year marks the 400th anniversary of the publishing of St. Francis de Sales' "An Introduction to the Devout Life." According to Fr. Dailey, "This work is considered his masterpiece and offers profound insight into how the every person can live a life of faith and devotion, even in the midst of worldly pursuits."
The lineup of speakers and events for Heritage Week begins with the Rev. Msgr. Stuart Swetland, S.T.D., vice president of Mount Saint Mary's Seminary in Maryland, who will serve as guest celebrant and homilist at 8 p.m., Sunday, January 18 for the Mass of St. Francis de Sales in the Connelly Chapel.
On Monday, January 19, at 7:30 in the White Pavilion in the DeSales University Center, the Baranzano Society on Bioethics will present a public forum on human dignity and bioethics featuring Peter Lawler, a member of President Bush's Council on Bioethics and contributor to the Council's recently released book of commissioned essays titled, "Human Dignity and Bioethics."
A Literary Roundtable Discussion celebrating the 400th anniversary of St. Francis de Sales' "Introduction to the Devout Life," will be held on Tuesday, January 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the White Pavilion in the DeSales University Center. Featured guests for the roundtable include: Joanne McKeown, professor of French language and literature at Moravian College; Rev. Bernard Bangley,author of"AModern Interpretation of An Introduction to the Devout Life";and Fr. Donald Heet, OSFS, director ofpastoral studies at The Catholic University of America.
On Wednesday, January 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the White Pavilion in the DeSales University Center, internationally known, award-winning journalist, producer and author Raymond Arroyo, will participate in a town hall discussion on media and social communications. Arroyo is best known for his work as host and creator of EWTN's (Eternal World Television Network) international news magazine, "The World Over."
The week closes with the annual R. Wayne Kraft Memorial Lecture at 8 p.m., Thursday, January 22, in the White Pavilion in the DeSales University Center. Author, philosopher and theologian, Michael Novak, is this year's Kraft lecturer. A former U.S. Ambassador, Novak holds the George Frederick Jewett Chair in Religion and Public Policy at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., and is director of social and political studies. His most recent book, "No One Sees God: The Dark Night of Atheists and Believers," is now in its third printing.
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: Salesian Center to Host Annual Heritage Week to Honor Patron Saint Francis DeSales | Posted on: 1/5/2009
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