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NEW METHODIST CHURCH SUPERINTENDENT TO BE INSTALLED

The Rev. Dr. Lawrence E. Lundgren, who formerly served at a Rochester church, has been installed as superintendent of the Buffalo District of the United Methodist Church.

Prior to his appointment as district superintendent by Bishop Hae-Jong Kim, Dr. Lundgren was coordinating pastor of Covenant United Methodist Church, Rochester. He also has served on the denomination's Conference Council on Ministry and chaired the Board of Ordained Ministry.

A graduate of Houghton College, Dr. Lundgren has a master's degree from Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Ky., and a doctorate of ministry from Drew University, Madison, N.J. He and his wife, Deborah, have two children.

Domestic violence series slated

A workshop series on domestic violence will be offered on four consecutive Wednesdays beginning next week at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 4928 Seneca St., West Seneca.

The series, intended for clergy, church ministers and staff, committee members and interested parishioners, will be sponsored by the Domestic Violence Awareness Task Force of the Buffalo Catholic Diocese and Haven House, a shelter for women. The theme is "Breaking the Silence: A Church Response to Domestic Violence."

The Oct. 8 workshop will run from 7:15 to 10 p.m. The others are scheduled from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. A $5 donation is suggested for each workshop. Registration is required by calling the Office of Ministry at 847-5531.

Club president to be installed

Robert M. Ritzel will be installed as president of the Buffalo Postal Employees' Catholic Club during a Mass at 4:30 p.m. today in St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St.

Other officers to be installed are: vice president, Santo Puliafito; recording secretary, Kathy Pugh; corresponding secretary, Ritzel; treasurer, Doris Kelly; and sergeant-at-arms, Nicholas Sanfratello.

Couple will be new co-pastors

The Reverends Jerilyn and Peter Breitsch, who formerly served a New Jersey congregation, will be installed at 3 p.m. Sunday as co-pastors of St. John Lutheran Church, 6540 Main St., Williamsville.

The Rev. Susan Strouse, dean of the Niagara Frontier Conference of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will preside at the service which will be followed by a reception. The new pastors succeed the Rev. Ronald Rude, who was called to a church in Littleton, Colo.

The Breitschs, who have four children, formerly served as pastors of St. Mark's Church, Hackensack, N.J. Each is a graduate of Lutheran Seminary, Philadelphia, and Mr. Breitsch has a doctor of divinity degree from Fordham University, New York City.

Attica to hold open house

The Attica Visitors Center will hold its annual open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. next Saturday and Sunday in Attica Correctional Facility in Wyoming County.

The center, which is seeking new volunteers, is an independent community-based organization supported by religious congregations and agencies, private foundations and donations. It provides information about visiting procedures and services to families and children during visits to inmates.

Church activist will be ordained

Diane Rien Phinney, coordinator of education for the last 10 years at the First Presbyterian Church, Lockport, will be ordained to the ministry during a service at 4 p.m. Sunday in the church, 21 Church St.

A May graduate of Colgate Rochester Divinity School, Ms. Phinney has been called to serve as pastor of Island Presbyterian Church, Grand Island. She served the Lockport church as a deacon, elder, Sunday School teacher and clerk of the session before joining the staff as education coordinator.

Ms. Phinney and her husband, Craig, have two sons.

Third world report to be given

Sister Sheila Kimmitt and other members of the Buffalo Sisters of Mercy will report on the impact of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund on struggling third world countries during a meeting Monday evening.

The program, sponsored by the Latin American Solidarity Committee of the Western New York Peace Center, is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Council of Churches Building, 1272 Delaware Ave.

Revival will have guest speaker

The Rev. J. L. Payne of Memphis will be guest evangelist for the Fall Revival Monday through Friday at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 402 Clinton St.

Mr. Payne, pastor of Greater Mount Moriah Church, Memphis, was speaker for the citywide revival sponsored by the Buffalo Baptist Ministers Conference in 1995. Services will begin at 7 p.m. each evening.

Professor to discuss seminar

Dennis C. Duling, a professor of religious studies at Canisius College, will discuss the Jesus Seminar and Marcus Borg, one of its best known members, during talks at 9:30 a.m. this Sunday and Oct. 5 in the Case Library at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave. The public is welcome.

Healing mission to be held

The Rev. John Parke, an Episcopal priest who is affiliated with the Order of St. Luke the Physician, will lead a teaching and healing mission Thursday through Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 261 E. Main St., Hamburg.

In addition to services at 7 p.m. each day, Father Parke will conduct discussion and prayer sessions at 9:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Healing Masses scheduled

The Rev. Matthew Swizdor, a Franciscan priest who is widely known for conducting healing services, will celebrate a series of Healing Masses at 7:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday in Our Lady Help of Christians Church, 4125 Union Road, Cheektowaga.

An Auburn area native and former pastor, Father Swizdor has published three books on the healing ministry.

Anniversaries Mass scheduled

A Mass honoring 230 couples who have been married for 50 years or longer will be celebrated by Bishop Henry J. Mansell of the Buffalo Catholic Diocese at 4:30 p.m. Sunday in St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St.

The event, followed by a reception in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo, will be sponsored by the Bishop's Lay Advisory Council and the Diocesan Family Life Department.

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