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2017 Annual Lecture in Christian Ethics

Thursday, March 30, 2017

6:00 p.m. Vespers in Christ King Chapel
6:30 p.m. Reception with hors d'oeuvres in the Outer Commons
7:15 p.m. Lecture in the Inner Commons

The Silent Reader: Prayer as the Source of the Moral Life
Rev. Dennis J. Billy, C.Ss.R.

Fr. Dennis J. Billy C.Ss.R.

Prayer is essentially dialogical.  Whether words are used (or not used), at its very heart it is nothing more than simply “talking with” or, better yet, “communing with” God.   In the spiritual life, reading, talking, and praying were once all intimately connected.  Today, they have become fragmented, separated from one another and desperately need to be brought back together.  In this lecture, we will discover how prayer, when viewed as talking to God, reading his Word as it is inscribed in our hearts, written in the pages of Scripture, and embodied in the Person of Jesus Christ, the Word-made-flesh, can be viewed as the source of many things:  communion with God, with others, with ourselves, and in a special and very particular way, the source of the moral life.

Dennis J. Billy, C.Ss.R., an American Redemptorist priest of the Baltimore Province, taught the history of moral theology and Christian spirituality for more than 20 years at the Alphonsian Academy of Rome’s Pontifical Lateran University.  From 2008-2016 he was scholar-in-residence, professor, and holder of The John Cardinal Krol Chair of Moral Theology at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.  The author of more than 30 books and over 300 articles in a number of scholarly and popular journals, he is currently enjoying a sabbatical year at Notre Dame Retreat House in Canandaigua, New York.  

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The Lecture in Christian Ethics is supported by The Father Andrew Nelson Ethics Fund.

2016 Patronal Feast and Alumni/ae Awards Celebration

Fr. Matthew Widder Gary Pokorny
Fr. Matthew Widder received the Spirit of Saint Francis Award for his work in parish ministry. Gary Pokorny was honored with the Annecy Award for his leadership in Catholic Formation.
Deacon David Zimprich Connie Bach
Deacon David Zimprich was given the Sal Terrae Award for extraordinary service to the deacons and the archdiocese. Connie Bach received a special Salesianum Award for dedication to the Alumni/ae Association.


Our Salesianum Alumni/ae Association returned to the Seminary for their annual gathering on January 20, 2016.  Vespers, a cocktail reception and dinner were followed by an award ceremony at which four graduates of Saint Francis de Sales Seminary were honored for their dedicated commitment to ministry. 

Fr. Matthew Widder'10 received the Spirit of Saint Francis Award which honors a Seminary graduate in the beginning years of ministerial service.  Conferred on an individual who has graduated within the last ten years, the award recognizes and supports a spirit of dedication, compassion and leadership in ministry.

Gary Pokorny '87 received the Annecy Award which is named for the city where St. Francis de Sales was bishop, and where both he and St. Jane de Chantal are buried.  This award honors a Seminary graduate who has been engaged in any form of pastoral work in an exemplary way, is supportive of all types of ministry in the Church and is actively involved in the life of the Church.

Deacon David Zimprich '84 received the Sal Terrae Award which is an outstanding service award for extraordinary or heroic service by a graduate of Saint Francis de Sales Seminary.

Connie Bach '05 received a special Salesianum Award for outstanding dedication to the Alumni/ae Association.

Congratulations to all four!

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