Sister Patricia named U.S. vocation director of...


Sister Patricia named U.S. vocation director of Bon Secours order

Sister Patricia Dowling has been appointed full-time vocation director for the Sisters of Bon Secours' United States Province. She will be based at the provincial offices in Marriottsville and will be responsible for recruiting.

Sister Pat entered the Congregation of Bon Secours in 1977. In 1993, she traveled to Ecuador for missionary work and founded a health and dental clinic for the poor in the diocese of Riobamba. When she returned to the United States, she established a drop-in center for women, working with drug-addicted, poor, homeless and unemployed women in West Baltimore.

She serves on the Bon Secours Health System board of directors and the Bon Secours of Maryland Foundation. She is chairwoman of the Bon Secours Ministry Grant Foundation.

Friars to offer exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

The Conventual Franciscan Friars of St. Joseph Cupertino Friary, 12290 Folly Quarter Road, Ellicott City, will offer a Eucharistic exposition, adoration and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament in the setting of an Evening Prayer (Vesper) Service at 3 p.m. Sunday.

There will be an opportunity for private veneration of the relic of St. Anthony after the service.

A Mass of Healing in the presence of the relic will be celebrated at 7:30 p.m. June 1. After Mass, there will be an opportunity to be prayed over by a priest and to offer private intentions.

Information: 410-531-2800.

Ecumenical Baccalaureate Sunday in Columbia

The Columbia Cooperative Ministry's ninth Ecumenical Baccalaureate, a ceremony of religious recognition for this year's graduating high school seniors, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.

Ten Christian congregations are involved in the baccalaureate. Fifty to 65 seniors will be recognized. Betsy Lamb, associate for cultural diversity at St. John's Roman Catholic Church, will be the keynote speaker, and several of the graduates will speak about how their religious commitment has guided their lives.

High school seniors or churches interested in participating may call George Martin at 410-730-7862. The event is open to the public, and admission is free.

Seminar on spirituality set June 3 in Wilde Lake

Columbia Church of Religious Science will sponsor a seminar by John Randolph Price and Jan Price, "Being Spiritually Rich and Materially Happy," from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 3 at Wilde Lake Middle School, 10481 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia. The Prices originated World Healing Day, held each year since 1986 on Dec. 31.

A donation of $25 is requested. The Prices will conduct the church's Sunday Celebration service at 10 a.m. at Wilde Lake Middle School.

Information: 410-750-8559 or e-mail

Messiah Lutheran plans Strawberry Festival June 2

Messiah Lutheran Church, 5600 Old Washington Road, Sykesville, will hold its 11th Strawberry Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 2 at the Sykesville-Freedom District Volunteer Fire Grounds on Route 32 and Freedom Avenue.

Strawberries, homemade strawberry shortcake, games for children, face painting, hay wagon rides, pony rides and a petting farm, as well as continuous entertainment, are planned.

Admission is free.

Information: 410-549-1921.

Rabbi Siegel to lecture on 'Life of Love' on June 7

Rabbi Martin Siegel, director of the Institute for Behavioral Health and Spirituality and rabbi emeritus of Columbia Jewish Congregation, will give a free lecture, "Learning to Live a Life of Love: Torah, Kabbalah and Healing," at 8 p.m. June 7 at Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

Admission is free. The lecture is open to people of all faiths.

Information: 410-740-8533.

Congregations accepting Sunday school applicants

Calah and Shalom Aleichem congregations are accepting registration for their combined Sunday schools' 2001-2002 school year.

The unaffiliated Jewish school meets twice a month.

Information: 410-455-6434 or 410-740-5446.

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