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CATHOLIC 'STUDY DAY' WILL FEATURE ONE-WOMAN PLAY ABOUT SOCIAL ACTIVIST

A one-woman play about the life of Dorothy Day, a Catholic social activist, will be a highlight of a "Study Day" on implementing one's faith March 15 at Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora.

The diocesanwide event, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., also will include a keynote address by Kathleen Heffern, director of the Office of Church Ministry of the Buffalo Catholic Diocese, and a series of workshops on ways to link personal faith in God to various aspects of life.

The conference is intended for members of parish staffs, including pastors, pastoral associates, deacons, parish council members, evangelization and Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults teams and others who are interested in living out their faith.

"Bridging the Gap -- Faith and Daily Life" is the theme of the event, which will be sponsored by the St. John Eudes Center, the Diocesan Peace and Justice Commission and the Office of Church Ministry.

The conference fee, which includes lunch and the performance, is $25 if reservations are made by Monday or $30 by Friday. Tickets for the performance only, scheduled for 1:30 p.m. March 15, are $10 prior to Friday and $15 at the door. For reservations, call 847-5531 or 847-5530.

The one-woman show, "Fool for Christ," will be presented by Sarah Melici, a stage, television and movie actress. In the play, based on the life of Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, Melici portrays about a dozen characters, including Peter Maurin, the other co-founder of the movement.

Day, considered a significant and influential figure in American Catholicism, died in 1980 at age 83. She has been mentioned as a prospective candidate for sainthood.

Melici has appeared in the television hit "Law and Order," the television miniseries "The Golden Years" and in Woody Allen's film "Stardust Memories," as well as in numerous stage productions.

Heffern's keynote address will be based on her recently published book, "Moving Ministry Forward: A Perspective Beyond the Pew." The work was published by the National Association of Lay Ministry.

Workshop topics will include "Connecting With Community Need" and "Connecting With Our Youth."

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