Lutheran-Catholic Covenant Celebration - October 23, 2016
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 00:00

NEWS RELEASE                144 West Wood Street,
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                                                                     Rev. Monsignor John A. Zuraw, Chancellor

FOR RELEASE Immediate DATE SENT October 5, 2016
SUBJECT          Lutheran-Catholic Covenant Celebration - October 23, 2016
MORE INFO     Thomas D. Sauline, Office of Religious Education  330-744-8451 x300



OCTOBER 23, 2016 


The Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown and the Northeastern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America announce the Lutheran-Catholic Covenant Celebration on October 23, 2016, 2:30 – 6:30 p.m. followed by an optional supper at Zion Lutheran Church, Canton OH.  Bishop Abraham Allende, NEOS ELCA, presides at Evening Prayer with Monsignor Robert Siffrin, Vicar General, Diocese of Youngstown, as the homilist.

Doctor Donald Huber, Professor Emeritus, Church History, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus OH, offers reflections on the opportunities missed since the Reformation for Christian unity.  Reverend John Crossin OSFS, Executive Director, Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, offers reflections on opportunities seized since the Reformation for Christian unity.

This day of prayer and study commemorates the signing of the Lutheran-Catholic Covenant in October 2000 by Bishop Thomas Tobin and Bishop Marcus Miller.  Covenant Celebration 2016 also inaugurates the year of the local observance of the Common Lutheran Catholic Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017. 

Registration for the Celebration @ $5.00 plus @ $10.00 for the optional supper prepaid with registration is due October 14.  Walk in registration precedes the Celebration from 2:00-2:30 p.m.   The optional supper at 6:30 p.m. follows the ecumenical evening prayer.  Proceeds from the free will offering during the prayer assist UrbanArk, an ecumenical food and clothing distribution ministry in downtown Canton supported by the First Lutheran and Zion Lutheran congregations.  For online registration, go to  For mail in registration, go to  For more information, contact the Diocese of Youngstown, 330-744-8451, or the NEOS ELCA, 330-929-9022.