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Commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

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Pope Francis attends an ecumenical prayer service at the Lutheran cathedral in Lund, Sweden, Oct. 31. Also pictured are the Rev. Martin Junge, general secretary of the Lutheran World Federation, and Archbishop Antje Jackelen, primate of the Lutheran Church in Sweden. The pope made a two-day visit to Sweden to attend events marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Pope Francis attends an ecumenical prayer service at the Lutheran cathedral in Lund, Sweden, Oct. 31. Also pictured are the Rev. Martin Junge, general secretary of the Lutheran World Federation, and Archbishop Antje Jackelen, primate of the Lutheran Church in Sweden. The pope made a two-day visit to Sweden to attend events marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Two Centerville churches will sponsor a series of events in the spirit of the Commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, beginning in May.

St. Francis of Assisi parish and Epiphany Lutheran Church will begin the series Wednesday, May 17, 7-8:30 p.m. at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 6430 Far Hills in Centerville, with a presentation,” The Reformation: Then and Now” by Dr. Donald Huber, a Professor Emeritus of Church History at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus. The presentation is open to all.

Following the example of Pope Francis, Archbishop Schnurr and other Catholic and Lutheran leaders around the world, are encouraging Catholic and Lutheran communities to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

In that spirit the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the Southern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America are promoting opportunities to advance our faith communities towards the unity for which Christ himself prayed. A joint statement, a small group study guide, resource packet, maps of local congregations and more are available at http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/ministries-offices/ecumenical-and-interfaith-relations/

The Catholic Social Action Office is happy to help facilitate connections with nearby Lutheran congregations to help parishes get small groups started. This effort is being promoted for anytime between now and October 31, 2017.

To share a faith community’s efforts or to learn more information, contact the Catholic Social Action Office at 513.421.3131×2660 or csa@catholiccincinnati.org in Cincinnati; or 937.224.3026 or plong@catholiccincinnati.org in Dayton.

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