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St. Ignatius parish recruiting for its city...


St. Ignatius parish recruiting for its city summer tutorial program

In preparation for the boys academy it plans to start in 1993, St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church is recruiting students for a six-week summer tutorial program in math and English that is to begin next month. The program, which will be held in the church's parish hall at Calvert and Madison streets, will be supplemented with outings to the Pratt Library, museums and arts performances.

St. Ignatius will choose 20 boys and girls from as many as 100 applicants from the parish, a parochial school it supports in East Baltimore and public schools in the area. The tutorial director, Mark Purvis, a parishioner who teaches math at Coppin State College, said the program would take no more than 20 boys and girls who will have finished fourth or fifth grade this year.

Dr. Purvis said the summer tutorial would help build an applicant pool for the middle school that the church wants to start in September 1993 for boys from poor families. He said the church was also planning an after-school tutorial program to begin in the fall.

St. Ignatius is providing classroom space and other facilities. BTC Other expenses will be covered with a $12,000 grant that the city will provide from federal money for a summer jobs program, Dr. Purvis said.

Episcopal Convention:

The Episcopal Church Diocese of Maryland will consider a task force report that urges the church to bless homosexual relationships at its annual convention May 28-30 in Solomons.

But the only resolutions proposed for dealing with the report call for simply receiving it or appointing a new committee for further study. There are no resolutions at present for taking action on any recommendations of the report to turn them into policy.

The convention will feature Archbishop Yona Okoth of Uganda, a well-known evangelist in the Anglican communion, as its chaplain and a speaker in several places on the program.

Youth Revival:

A group of West Baltimore churches will combine revival-style preaching with information about finding jobs, avoiding pregnancy and AIDS and resisting the lure of drugs in a weekend event designed for the spiritual needs of young people.

"Crusade for Youth -- a Spiritual Explosion" will take place June 5-7 at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, Liberty Heights Avenue and Garrison Boulevard.

The workshops will be led by area ministers. Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke has been invited to speak. Former Oriole Pat Kelly, now an evangelist, and Christian rap musicians from Virginia Beach, Va., are scheduled to appear.

Parents and their children are invited. The meals, workshops and religious services are free.

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