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Rescheduled Ecumenical Worship Service to be Held March 25

Diocese-Green-Bay-LogoGREEN BAY, Wis. (Feb. 7, 2014) -- An Ecumenical Worship Service in observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at St. Gregory Church in St. Nazianz (208 Church St.) | CLICK HERE for interactive map. The service had originally been scheduled for Jan. 30, but was postponed because of bad weather.

Abbot Nicholas Zachariadis, Abbot of Holy Resurrection Byzantine Catholic Monastery in St. Nazianz, will preach the homily. The event is open to the public. A reception will follow the service.

The theme is based on 1 Corinthians 1:13, "Has Christ Been Divided?"

Parish, Monastery Host Service

Abbot Nicholas, Salvatorian Father Patrick Nelson, pastor of St. Gregory Parish, and their communities are hosting the event. The observance celebrates the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Jan. 18-25 -- dates selected in 1908 to encompass the days between the feasts of St. Peter and St. Paul. Local churches participate in many activities during the week.

"The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay wishes to thank both the Eastern and Western Catholic communities in St. Nazianz for providing a special time for all Christians in Northeastern Wisconsin to come together to pray for Christian Unity as Jesus so asked us to do at the Last Supper that ... 'they may be one, as we are one' (Jn 17:11)," said Bishop David L. Ricken, who will participate in the service.

Bishop Active in Ecumenism

Father James Massart, ecumenical officer for the diocese, meets with Bishop Ricken monthly to discuss activities to foster better communication and joint endeavors between the diocese and other Christian faiths.

Bishop Ricken also expands on his ecumenical efforts as a Vatican-appointed co-chair of the International Commission for Dialogue between the Disciples of Christ and the Roman Catholic Church.

Several Faith Traditions to Participate

Other participants in the service are: the Rev. Scott Anderson, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Council of Churches; Father Ed Smith from the Episcopal Diocese of Fond du Lac; the interim leader from the ELCA Lutheran Synod; the Rev. Gordon Lind, District Superintendent of the United Methodist Church; the Rev. Sarah Moore-Nokes from the Presbyterian Church (USA ); the Rev. Becky Johnston from the United Church of Christ; and a representative from the Evangelical Christians.

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Who We Are

The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay works to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ by helping people in need and by providing academic, leadership and spiritual formation opportunities to parish and school leaders. Established in 1868, the Diocese is composed of 324,000 Catholics in 16 counties: Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago.

Contact

Justine Lodl
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Amber Backus
Communications Coordinator
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