Honoring the religious communityGovernor William Donald Schaefer...


Honoring the religious community

Governor William Donald Schaefer and Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke are honoring the Baltimore religious community today for its support of the Baltimore Nehemiah Project -- providing houses for low- and moderate-income buyers in the Penn North and Sandtown-Winchester neighborhoods.

Through BUILD, Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development, an inter-racial ecumenical organization, the religious community raised more than $2.2 million in construction financing for the $24 million development of 300 housing units. The religious groups contributing to the financing were Catholic, Protestant and Jewish.

The governor and the mayor were to speak today at St. Peter Claver Church, a Roman Catholic parish on the 1500 block of North Fremont Avenue.

Black-Korean service:

Black and Korean churches and civic groups are sponsoring an ecumenical prayer service this Sunday at Douglas Memorial Church, at Lafayette and Madison avenues. The event will deal with tensions that arise in Baltimore and other cities as Koreans operate small businesses in black neighborhoods.

Among the prominent speakers, in both English and Korean, will be Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and Dr. Dong Sup Cha, president of the Federation of Korean Associations, based in New Jersey.

They and other speakers "are going to talk about how the two groups have notable differences in history, language and culture," said Jai Ryu, a part-time assistant to the mayor. "Yet in Christ, they can find greater similarities between the two, and in that spirit they should begin a dialogue."

The service is at 3:30 p.m. Sunday and is open to the public.

Seton Award:

An Italian bishop will receive the annual Seton Founder's Award in Emmitsburg this Sunday, named for the founder of the first Catholic women's religious order in the United States.

Bishop Alberto Ablondi of the Diocese of Livorno in Italy, will be recognized for exemplifying the ideals of Elizabeth Ann Seton, who founded the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph.

The Diocese of Livorno was first diocese in the world to establish a parish in Mother Seton's name after she was made a saint in 1963.

That is where she met a family that drew her toward the Catholic Church.

Mother Seton converted to Catholicism in 1805, shortly after the death of her husband.

The presentation of the award will take place at the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Archbishop William H. Keeler will celebrate the mass and preach. The public is invited.

Food shipped:

By the end of this month, United Methodists will have shipped nearly 2,000 tons of food, worth about $4 million, to the former Soviet Union. Most of the 100,000 boxes were packed at the New Windsor Service Center, a Church of the Brethren service organization in Carroll County.

Since January, about 150 volunteers recruited by the United Methodist Committee on Relief have worked in New Windsor packing boxes with dry goods donations gathered from around the country.

The food is being shipped to Moscow and six other cities, where Russian Orthodox churches have surveyed neighborhoods for households most in need.

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