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A weekend retreat on the prayer life of St. John of the Cross and a discussion of the theology of the late Bernard Lonergan will be offered in January in St. Joseph's Center for Spirituality at Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora.

Sister Joan Wagner, a member of the center's staff, will conduct a retreat on "The Dark Night of the Soul" from 7 p.m. Friday to 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4. It will focus on the spiritual struggle writings by St. John of the Cross. The fee is $135, or $85 for commuters.

The Rev. Peter Drilling, a theology professor at Christ the King Seminary, will discuss Lonergan's book, "Insight: A Study of Human Understanding," and the impact the work has had on his own life from 2 to 5 p.m. Jan. 25. Admission is free, but an offering will be taken.

Reservations should be made by calling the center at 652-2271.

Registration begins at seminary

Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, has begun registration for the spring semester of graduate level courses covering foundational issues and contemporary concerns of the Catholic faith.

Both day and evening courses are offered on such topics as the Old and New Testaments, theology, spirituality, ethics, liturgy, church history, pastoral ministry and canon law. They may be taken in connection with a degree program or for personal enrichment.

Course and registration details are available by calling the seminary's academic office at 652-8900.

Maier to speak at service

Robert Maier, a former Eden town justice, will speak on "The World According to Bob" during the service at 10:30 a.m. next Sunday, Jan. 4 in the Hamburg Unitarian Universalist Church, Union and Center streets, Hamburg.

Maier, a graduate of Harvard University Law School, served for 26 years as Eden town justice, retiring in 1983. A practicing attorney for 38 years, he retired in 1996 as a partner in an Eden law firm.

Maier is past commander of the Eden American Legion Post and past president of the Eden Chamber of Commerce.

Temple gets accreditation

The Temple Beth Zion Center for Jewish Education has been approved for accreditation by the National Association of Temple Educators.

Robyn Meyer, chair of the temple's religious school, said the designation means that Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave., will be the only synagogue religious school in Western New York and one of only 20 in the United States with accreditation by the national organization.

Rabbi Joseph Eiduson, temple educator, said successful completion of the two-year accreditation process places Temple Beth Zion "in the forefront of Jewish education in America."

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