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Bishop Henry J. Mansell will be principal celebrant of the Annual Mass to Commemorate the Irish Famine at 6 p.m. today in Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Ridge Road and South Park Avenue, Lackawanna.

The Mass will be preceded at 5:45 p.m. by a commemorative service featuring color guards and Irish dance students. During a reception following the Mass there will be an exhibit set up by the Western New York Heritage Institute that will include articles from the Cork City Irish Famine Museum.

Ordination rite scheduled

Frances H. Manly, who formerly served as director of religious education at the Buffalo Unitarian Universalist Church, will be ordained to the ministry at 7 p.m. Sunday in the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Niagara, Niagara Falls.

A long-time Buffalo resident, Mrs. Manly received her master of divinity degree from Meadville-Lombard Theological School, Chicago, and is serving as interim director of the school's modified residency program.

Before entering theology school, she taught at St. Francis High School, Athol Springs, and served as director of the Himalayan Institute of Buffalo.

Scholar plans lecture series

Marcus J. Borg, an internationally known Jesus scholar and participant in the Jesus Seminar, will deliver a series of lectures next weekend in Buffalo.

A professor of religious studies at Oregon State University, Borg will give a talk on "Meeting God Again (For the First Time)" at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Cultural Center at Canisius College, Main Street at Eastwood Place.

"Why Does Jesus Matter?" will be the theme of three lectures between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. next Saturday at St. Paul's Cathedral, Church and Pearl streets. A $10 fee will include lunch.

Next Sunday, Oct. 12, Borg will discuss "Revisioning Theology at the Millennium" at 10 a.m. and preach at the Eucharist Service at 11 a.m. in Trinity Episcopal Church, 371 Delaware Ave.

His appearances will be jointly sponsored by Canisius, St. Paul's and Trinity along with Holy Trinity Lutheran and Westminster Presbyterian churches.

'Come Home' program set

Ten parishes in the Southern Tier will sponsor a Come Home program for separated Catholics beginning with a meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 9) in the Holiday Inn, 150 Fourth St., Jamestown.

Follow-up sessions will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 and 21 in Holy Family School, 1135 Main St., Jamestown. The program will begin with a listening session during which those attending will be asked to identify their areas of concern. Those issues will be addressed during the follow-up meetings.

JCC to hear researcher

Tom L. Freudenheim, executive director of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, will give a talk on "Surprising Changes in the World of Yiddish and Eastern European Jews" at 10 a.m. Sunday in the Jewish Community Center, 2640 N. Forest Road, Amherst.

The New York City institute that Freudenheim heads has the largest collection of archival materials concerning the Jews of Eastern Europe and the Yiddish language. The talk is free and open to the community.

Freudenheim, who grew up in Buffalo, is a graduate of Nichols School and Harvard University. He has served in directorships at the Jewish Museum, New York City, Baltimore Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institution and National Endowment for the Arts.

Mass, life chain on agenda

The annual Respect Life Mass and National Life Chain will be offered Sunday in the Buffalo area.

The Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Henry J. Mansell at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph's Cathedral, 50 Franklin St. It will be sponsored by the cathedral, the Diocesan Office of Pro-Life Activities and the Bishop's Committee for Christian Home and Family.

The human pro-life chain, intended as a statement that "Abortion Kills Children," will form from 2 to 3 p.m. along Niagara Falls Boulevard, beginning at Main St. in Buffalo and extending into Niagara County. Chains also are planned in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Genesee counties.

Speaker has varied background

Rabbi James M. Lebeau, associate director of the Center for Conservative Judaism in Jerusalem, will give a talk on "Pluralism and Democracy in the Jewish State" at 7 p.m. Monday at Temple Beth El of Greater Buffalo, 2368 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda.

A native of Akron, Ohio, Rabbi Lebeau, was the spiritual leader of a congregation in Tokyo, Japan, for four years before assuming his current position in July. Earlier, he worked with student and publication organizations, led a congregation in Lowell, Mass., and served as a navy chaplain.

Church to sponsor workshop

Orchard Park Presbyterian Church will host a Stephen Series Caring Ministry Workshop for people engaged in lay ministry from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. next Saturday in the church, 4369 S. Buffalo St.

The workshop, open to everyone, will feature presentations on Ministry to Those Experiencing Grief and How to Care in a Distinctively Christian Way. The cost is $15 per person or $50 for four of more people from the same congregation. To register call Marilyn Foster at 662-1131.

Adult education is expanded

An expanded program of adult education courses will be offered beginning Monday evening at Temple Beth Am, 4660 Sheridan Drive, Amherst.

The courses, open to the community, will cover such topics as introduction to Judaism, a survey of sacred Jewish literature, effective parenting and an interfaith dialogue on the Book of Genesis. All classes will be held on Monday nights. For details call the temple at 633-8877.

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