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Notre Dame Director to Speak at Ruggiero Lecture on Catholic Education, Mon., Sept. 14

John Staud, Ph.D., director of the Alliance for Catholic Education at Notre Dame University will deliver the 2009 Anthony J. Ruggiero Lecture on Catholic Education at 7:30 p.m., Monday, September 14, 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 title of this year’s lecture is "What Kind of a Tale Have We Fallen Into? The Future of Catholic Schools in the United States.”

“The message of this annual lecture continues to deepen the understanding of the cultural value of our system of Catholic education,” said Father Thomas Dailey, OSFS, director of the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture. “The national task force at Notre Dame reports on the great success of this American institution and highlights the challenges for Catholic schools as we move into the future. Dr. Staud’s insights will no doubt help us to appreciate the gift of Catholic education and point us in the direction of how to make this essential work even more successful in the changing socio-economic climate.”

Staud, the 2009 speaker, currently serves as senior director of pastoral formation and administration of the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program. The Alliance for Catholic Education is a two-year service program offering, which seeks to sustain and strengthen Catholic schools through a growing number of initiatives including giving college graduates the opportunity to serve as full-time teachers in under-resourced Catholic schools across the southern United States and consists of three main academic programs: the Service Through Teaching Program, the Leadership Program, and the English as a New Language (ENL) Program.

In 1996, Staud came to Notre Dame to teach in the English department and joined the leadership team of the ACE program. He continues to teach courses in American literature and, during his time with ACE has focused especially on the recruitment, selection, placement, and formation of teachers in Catholic schools in more than 30 cities across the United States. A Fellow of the Institute for Educational Initiatives, Staud served as principal author of the final report of the Notre Dame Task Force on Catholic Education and is as a member of the core team charged with implementing the recommendations enumerated by the Task Force.

Staud earned undergraduate degrees in chemical engineering and English at Notre Dame University, graduating in 1987 magna cum laude. He was awarded a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities and completed his doctorate in English in 1992 at the University of Michigan where he specialized in American Literature. His scholarly activity has focused on the writings of Herman Melville, and prior to returning to Notre Dame, he taught British and American literature as an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago and at Jesuit high schools in Chicago (St. Ignatius) and Denver (Regis).

Pope John Paul II said that the education of children and young people continues to be of fundamental importance in the Church's mission and for civil society itself. Therefore it is right that Christian parents continue to claim and support the right to a Catholic education which is truly free, in which a true religious education can be imparted, and in which the rights of the family will be properly respected and safeguarded.

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: Notre Dame Director to Speak at Ruggiero Lecture on Catholic Education | Posted on: 9/8/2009

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