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The Rev. Joseph Benicewicz, a Conventual Franciscan priest and longtime faculty member, has been appointed principal of St. Francis High School, Athol Springs.

The Rev. Mark L. Curesky, minister provincial of the St. Anthony of Padua Province of the religious order, said Father Benicewicz will succeed the Rev. Robert A. Twele who recently was elected secretary and treasurer of the province. He had been principal of St. Francis for three years.

A member of the St. Francis faculty for 10 years, Father Benicewicz has been assistant principal for student affairs for the last two years. The school is owned and administered by the Franciscans.

Author to lead seminar

T.W. Hunt, author of several religious books, will lead a seminar at an Amherst church Friday and next Saturday and speak at a Cheektowaga church next Sunday.

The seminar on "The Mind of Christ," one of Hunt's books, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Amherst Baptist Church, 100 Willow Ridge Drive, Amherst. It is sponsored by the Frontier Baptist Association. The cost is $5 for Friday and $10 for Saturday.

Hunt, a consultant for discipleship and family ministry for the Baptist Sunday School Board, will also speak at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. worship services next Sunday, Aug. 3, in French Road Baptist Church, 751 French Road, Cheektowaga. There is no charge and the public is invited.

Lutherans at youth gathering

More than 135 young people from 16 Buffalo area congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America are participating in the denomination's national youth gathering this week in New Orleans.

The gathering, attended by 35,000 young Lutherans, will feature a parade this evening through the city to Waldenberg Park for a "Down by the Riverside" festival and a closing worship celebration Sunday in the Superdome.

Museum offers Catholic exhibit

The Buffalo and Erie County Historical Museum is host to an exhibit in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Buffalo Catholic Diocese, it was announced this week by Bishop Henry J. Mansell and Society Director William Siener.

The exhibit, which opened Wednesday and continues through Sept. 1, includes vestments and vessels used in the liturgy as well as works of art. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $7.50 for a family, $3.50 for adults, $2 for senior citizens and $1.50 for children 7 to 15. Children under 7 are admitted free.

Cleveland pastor to preach

The Rev. C. Vincent Berry, pastor of Temple Baptist Church, Cleveland, will preach at special worship services at 9:45 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday in Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 402 Clinton St.

The Rev. A. Charles Ware, pastor of Friendship, said choirs and members of the Cleveland church also will participate in the services.

Chorale director to appear

Tim Kennedy, a well-known local musician who directs the Lutheran Chorale, will be guest musician at the 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. worship services Sunday in Amherst Lutheran Church, 5125 Main St., Williamsville.

Kennedy, who plays keyboards, will lead the congregation in the singing of old-fashioned Gospel hymns. Visitors are welcome.

Chautauqua slates free talk

James Kurth, chairman of the department of political science at Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania, will deliver a free talk at 7 p.m. Monday in the Hall of Philosophy at the Chautauqua Institution.

His topic will be "Layers of Life and Ways of Seeing: Secular and Spiritual Perspectives on Our Personal, Professional and Philosophical Journeys Through Life." The talk is sponsored by Chautauquans for a Christian Focus.

Anyone wishing to attend the talk may obtain a free pass to the institution grounds at the information booth at the main gate.

Ecumenical remembrance set

An ecumenical service will be held at 2 p.m. next Sunday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the former church that houses the Fairfield Library, Amherst and Fairfield Streets.

The service will include musical solos by Jill Raisen Buerk, the reading of a psalm and a litany of thanksgiving for literature and libraries, the burial of a time capsule and a birthday party with refreshments. The service has been arranged by representatives of St. Mark's Catholic Church, Central Park Methodist Church, Parkside Lutheran Church and Central Presbyterian Church.

The building originally housed Parkside Unitarian Church and later was leased to Parkside Evangelical Lutheran Church. The City of Buffalo purchased it in 1924 for use as library. The rain date is Aug. 10.

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