Let Religious Freedom Ring, public forum, 6/23

Public forum on Saturday, June 23, 2012 in the University Center

  • 9:00 a.m. gathering & coffee
  • 9:30 a.m. Opening Prayer PowerPoint presentation on “Our First, Most Cherished Liberty”
  • 9:45 a.m. PANEL DISCUSSION … featuring these guest experts
    • William Tighe, Ph.D., Professor of History @ Muhlenberg College
    • Philip Murren, Esq., Attorney, Ball, Murren & Connell
    • Rodney Howsare, Ph.D., Professor of Theology @ DeSales University
  • 10:45 a.m. Open Forum
  • 11:30 a.m. Call to Action / Closing Prayer
Sponsored by the Allentown Diocese

Questions? Lore.McFadden@desales.edu

Dedication of St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal Statues, 6/18

Join us on Monday, June 18, at 5:15 p.m., as DeSales University will dedicate the bronze statues of St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal, both of whom are essential to the spiritual traditions of the school.

St. Francis de Sales is the spiritual patron of the University and St. Jane de Chantal, St. Francis’ contemporary and lifelong friend, is foundress of the Visitation Order of religious women.

Photos by Samantha Troeller ’13

The dedication ceremony, to be held on the first day of the annual convocation of the Wilmington-Philadelphia Province of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, will include: blessings of the statues by the provincials of the Oblates; an introduction of the sculptor, Ben Fortunado Marcune; remarks by Rev. Daniel G. Gambet, president emeritus of DeSales University; and a blessing of the Mary and Edward Driebe Memorial Garden that surrounds the statue of St. Francis de Sales.

Marcune, a nationally acclaimed sculptor and painter from Bethlehem, designed the statues to face each other and be at the same elevation. This is so eye contact between the two saints is maintained, representing their friendship in life. In addition, both statues have a sightline to Marcune’s other campus sculpture, the seven-foot bronze Black Madonna. This work is a rendering of the famous Marian statue, Our Lady of Deliverance, which has been in Paris since the 1400s and was an area of contemplation and prayer for St. Francis de Sales.

It is hoped that the seating area surrounding the two new statues, particularly where the Driebe Memorial Garden is located, will be an area of contemplation and prayer for DeSales University students.

Questions? Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

LinkedIn password breach

Please be advised that many members of LinkedIn, the social media networking site, had their passwords stolen. The company is encouraging all LinkedIn members to reset their passwords as soon as possible.

Should you receive a phishing email that asks for your LinkedIn user name or password, please do the following:

  • Do not respond to the message.
  • Do not click the link that is in this phishing email.
  • Delete the message.
  • If you did click the link, you’ll need to reset your DeSales password. Please contact DeSales Help Desk at X4357 for instructions.

    It’s Lunch Bunch time again!

    The Salesian Center for Faith & Culture sponsors an information discussion group for interested faculty & staff who read a book of contemporary cultural concern and discuss their reviews during lunch time. We provide the books and the lunch! If you are able to commit to the 3 meetings planned for the fall (September 4, October 16 & November 27), then take a look at our reading list, choose your top three, and email us. It’s that easy!

    The Fall 2012 “bunch” will be selected on June 15, 2012 so get your entries in before then!

    Questions? Lore.mcfadden@desales.edu

    Daytime television star Tom Degnan joins this summer’s PSF cast

    The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s 21st season will feature daytime television star Tom Degnan in the role of Brick Pollitt in Tennessee William’s Pulitzer Prize winning classic, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

    Best known for playing Joey Buchanan in One Life to Live, Degnan also portrayed young Harry in the 2009 film Handsome Harry with Jamey Sheridan and Steve Buscemi. Born in nearby Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Degnan appeared in As the World Turns as Adam Munson, Law and Order, The Good Wife, and White Collar.

    In addition to Brick, Degnan will play Don John in Much Ado About Nothing, which plays in repertory with Cat.

    “Tom came to us recommended by our Emmy-nominated PSF alum Marnie Schulenburg and had the right stuff for Brick. Apparently, one can’t turn on a television without seeing him: the other day I did just that and there he was,” says Patrick Mulcahy, producing artistic director.

    Set on a plantation home, a family tries to celebrate the birthday of Big Daddy. Brick (played by Degnan) is Big Daddy’s oldest son and the favored family member. But since the death of his friend Skipper, Brick has distanced himself from his family and his wife Maggie, “the cat,” and turns to drinking in order to find the “click” that will make him peaceful.

    Directed by Thomas Ouellette, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof will play in repertory with William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, featuring the same cast. On the nights when Degnan is not playing the withdrawn Brick, he will play the villainous Don John in Much Ado.

    Directed by James J. Christy, Shakespeare’s spirited comedy offers the tale of two courtships: Beatrice and Benedick continuous quarreling evolves into something deeper, while Claudio and Hero are instantly smitten with one another. However, when Don John, the illegitimate brother of Benedick and Claudio’s superior, grows envious of his brother’s stature, he vows to ruin Claudio and Hero’s happiness once and for all.

    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof will run from July 19 – August 5 (with previews July 19 and 20), while Much Ado About Nothing will run from July 11 – August 5 (with previews July 11 and 12). Both productions will take place on the PSF Main Stage at the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of DeSalesUniversity.

    Single tickets, subscriptions, and packages that include tickets to Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Much Ado About Nothing are available at www.pashakespeare.org and by contacting the Box Office at 610.282.WILL [9455].

    It’s Lunch Bunch time again!

    The Salesian Center for Faith & Culture sponsors an information discussion group for interested faculty & staff who read a book of contemporary cultural concern and discuss their reviews during lunch time. We provide the books and the lunch! If you are able to commit to the 3 meetings planned for the fall (September 4, October 16 & November 27), then take a look at our reading list, choose your top three, and email us. It’s that easy!

    The Fall 2012 “bunch” will be selected on June 15, 2012 so get your entries in before then!

    Questions? Lore.mcfadden@desales.edu