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SOCIAL-ACTIVIST RABBI TO SPEAK THURSDAY

Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, D.C., will be featured speaker during the Jewish Federation's Dosberg Notable Speaker series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Jewish Community Center Benderson Building, 2640 N. Forest Road, Getzville.

A social activist, attorney, author and human rights advocate, Saperstein represents the Reform Jewish movement to Congress and the administration. During 25 years as director of the center, he has headed several religious coalitions. He serves on the boards of the NAACP and People for the American Way and is co-chairman of the Coalition to Preserve Religious Liberty.

The talk is open to everyone. Tickets are $8. To buy tickets by phone, call the Jewish Federation at 886-7750, Ext. 319.

At 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Saperstein will meet privately with leaders of the Network of Religious Communities.

On-air fund drive planned

Catholic radio station WLOF-FM (101.7) will conduct an on-the-air fund drive with a goal of $75,000 from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday through next Saturday.

The station, which went on the air 18 months ago, features programming from the Eternal Word Television Network as well as local programs. Proceeds from the drive will be used to operate the station and increase local programming. To make a pledge, call 839-6117.

Special programs during the fund drive will include a talk by Monsignor Robert Wurtz, pastor of Our Lady of Victory Basilica, on Father Nelson Baker at 9 a.m. Thursday and a Holy Hour with music by the Voices of Mercy at 9 p.m. Friday. "Seek First," a panel discussion hosted by David Marciniak, a nurse at Sisters Hospital, will debut at 11 a.m. next Saturday.

Founding day in cathedral

The Rev. Elton O. Smith Jr., former dean of St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, will be guest preacher at founding day services at 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday in St. Paul's, Church and Pearl streets.

Smith, who served as dean of St. Paul's from 1968 until 1994, currently serves as a special assistant at the Episcopal Church's National Cathedral, Washington, D.C. St. Paul's, the cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York, was organized in 1817 in a tavern when Buffalo was a frontier village.

Provincial minister installed

Sister Mary Ambrose Wozniak has been installed as provincial minister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Province of the Felician Sisters.

A native of Erie, Pa., she succeeds Sister Mary Raymond Kasprzak, who was elected minister general, the top leadership post in the international congregation. Wozniak will serve a six-year term.

Other provincial officers installed were: provincial vicar, Sister Mary Lorianne Tylczynski; second councilor, Sister Mary Angelette Helak; third councilor, Sister Mary Renee Kurczaba; and fourth councilor, Sister Anne Marie Jablonicky.

Annulment is meeting topic

An information meeting on Catholic Church annulments will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Donovan Center at St. Andrew's Catholic Church, Elmwood Avenue and Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda.

The Rev. Salvatore Manganello, who heads the tribunal of the Buffalo Catholic Diocese, will be the main speaker. The event will be sponsored by the Come Home Team from parishes in the northern suburbs. Questions may be submitted anonymously. The program is free and open to everyone.

Renewal program offered

"Mission," a parish renewal program, will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on eoght consecutive days beginning next Saturday at Annunciation Catholic Church, Clinton Street and Girdle Road, Elma.

Speakers will include the Rev. Gregory J. Dobson, pastor of St. Mary of the Angels Parish, Olean; the Rev. Robert W. Wood, parochial vicar at Annunciation; and Amy Betros and Norm Paolini, founder's of the St. Luke's Mission of Mercy. To register, call Twilight Dawn Miller at 684-6053.

Tikkun director to speak

Rabbi Daniel Juster, director of Tikkun International, will be featured speaker at 10:30 a.m. next Saturday in Congregation Brith Hadoshah Messianic Synagogue, 2608 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore.

Juster, the author of 12 books and a teacher of apologetics at several colleges and Bible institutes, is senior minister of Beth Messiah Congregation, Rockville, Md. Tikkun International provides oversight to 16 Messianic Jewish congregations in the United States and abroad.

Couples to renew vows

Fifty couples who have been married for anywhere from a few years to 55 years will renew their wedding vows during the worship service at 10 a.m. Feb. 18 in Lovejoy Gospel Church, 5423 Genesee St., Lancaster.

But before they do, they will be required to attend a marriage seminar from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. next Saturday in the church. The Rev. Ron Burgio, pastor, said the seminar, open to couples from other churches, will deal with such topics as communication, forgiveness and intimacy.

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