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RELIGION NOTES/ NEWS FROM AREA FAITH GROUPS

Seminary gets bequest

Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora has received a bequest of $827,000 from the estate of Robert R. Wallace of Collins. The money will establish an endowment for the seminary's library, which has more than 160,000 items and includes a collection of about 1,000 volumes dealing with the history of the Niagara Frontier and French Canada.

Wallace, 78, a special-education teacher at Gowanda Central School, died March 17, 2004. According to friends, he was an avid reader, liked to help people and was devoted to his faith.

"After living his professional life in service to special education, he spent most of his retirement in caring for his beloved aunt," said the Rev. Richard Siepka, the seminary's president and rector. "In getting to know him, I was impressed with his spirit of generosity, not thinking of himself but always thinking first of others."

Community Seder

More than 20 organizations from different faiths will join for the 16th annual Community Passover Seder from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave.

Officiating will be the Rev. Thomas Yorty of the host church and Rabbi Jamie Arnold of Temple Sinai and Rabbi Irwin A. Tanenbaum of Temple Beth Am.

Leading the music will be Susan Goldberg Pardo, director of education at Temple Beth Zion, and Suzan Wehle, cantorial soloist at Temple Beth Am. Deacon James Anderson of New Hope Baptist Church will provide a solo performance.

Cost is $20. For reservations, call 819-1213.

Leadership seminar

The Unity Church, 1243 Delaware Ave., will offer a seminar next weekend for church religious and lay leaders titled "An Integral Approach to Healthy Church Growth and Development."

Leading the seminar will be the Rev. Gary Simmons, director of peacemaking services for the Association of Unity Churches in Lee's Summit, Mo. Sessions will be from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. next Saturday. The fee is $60. To register, call 882-0391 or e-mail info@unitybuffalo.org.

Anniversary service set

The Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 16 Linwood Ave., will celebrate its 150th anniversary at a special Festival Eucharist Service at 6:15 p.m. May 5. All are welcome.

Camerata to perform

The First Presbyterian Church of Clarence, 9675 Main St., will feature the music of Johann Sebastian Bach in a special performance by the quartet Camerata during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service. All are welcome.

The program will include four cantatas and the Sonata in G Minor. Camerata includes Cristen Gregory, soprano; Paul Schlossman, oboe and oboe d'amore; Bryan Eckenrode, cello; and Gregory White, organ.

Usher to be guest host

Jerry Usher of Catholic Answers Live will be a guest host Wednesday through next Saturday as Catholic radio station WLOF, 101.7 FM, holds its annual spring fund drive.

Other guest speakers include the Rev. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life and Catholic Answers founder Karl Keating. Pledges can be made by calling toll-free (877) 711-6279 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the drive.

Concert at St. Louis

St. Louis Church, Main and Edward streets, will present a children's choir and handbell choir concert at 4 p.m. Sunday. The program also will include a flute ensemble and instrumental accompaniment by area high school students.

The concert is sponsored by the Church Musicians' Guild of Buffalo and includes musicians from seven Catholic parishes and Holy Angels Academy.

Healers offer workshops

New Zealand-born Paul Walsh-Roberts, who has been a healer and speaker since his recovery from a serious illness 20 years ago, will begin a two-week stay in Western New York on Wednesday. His wife Alexandria, also a healer and speaker, has joined him for this visit.

Paul will offer his workshop, "Cosmic Activation," from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. next Saturday in Edgewater Conference Center, Route 5, Barcelona.

Alexandria will present "Creating the Life You Want" from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 1 in Edgewater Conference Center and again from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 7 in Unity Church, 1243 Delaware Ave. For information, reservations and directions, call 646-0141 or 997-6736.