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Pastors and community leaders will join for a Solemn Assembly of Prayer for Our Nation from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Buffalo Convention Center. Prayers also will be directed toward youth, crime and violence, racism and unity.

Among those taking part will be Bishop Robert Sanders of Greater Refuge Temple, John Knaack of Worldwide Church of God, the Rev. William Gillison of Mount Olive Baptist Church, the Rev. Matthew Brown of Pentecostal Temple, Dan Hamlin of New Covenant Tabernacle, Bob Tice of Harvest Assembly of Nations and the Rev. Tommy Ried of The Tabernacle.

Also, the Rev. T. Anthony Bronner of Elim Christian Fellowship, Terry Robertson of Amherst Baptist Church, Pastors Mike and Joyce Badger of Bethesda Full Gospel Church, the Revs. Darius Pridgen of True Bethel Baptist Church, Jackie Wilson of Cathedral of Praise, Gregory Washington of Church of God Tabernacle, Ron Burgio of Love Joy Gospel Church and Salvatore Ciffa of Bethesda Tabernacle and Deputy County Executive Carl Calabrese. For information, call 565-9499.

Event to honor priest, park

Members of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 115 O'Connell Ave., and the Committee to Save the First Ward will rededicate Father Conway Park in the Old First Ward after a memorial Mass for the hero-priest at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in the church.

The Rev. Thomas Conway was a Buffalo priest who was serving during World War II as chaplain on the USS Indianapolis when it was sunk in the Pacific by a Japanese submarine. He drowned after spending three days in the water, ministering to some of the other 800 crew members. The 14 1/2 -acre city park is located along Louisiana Street between Miami Street and O'Connell Avenue.

Church to install pastor

The Rev. Langdon C. Hubbard III, who has been serving a congregation in Niagara Falls, will be installed as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of East Aurora, 9 Paine Ave., during a service at 5 p.m. Sunday in the church.

The service will be led by the Rev. Tracy Daub, moderator of the Presbytery of Western New York and interim pastor of North Presbyterian Church, North Tonawanda. Hubbard's wife, the Rev. Janet Hubbard, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church, Amherst, will preach.

Hubbard, who has been interim pastor for three years at First Presbyterian Church, Niagara Falls, succeeds the Rev. Paul R. Watson Jr., who retired in 1997.

Sudan priests to officiate

Two Sudanese priests will join Bishop Henry J. Mansell in offering a Mass in honor of St. Josephine Bakhita, an African Daughter of Charity canonized last year, at 4 p.m. Sunday in Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church, 172 15th St.

The concelebrants will be the Rev. Philip L. Pitya, U.S.A. mission representative from the Archdiocese of Juba, South Sudan, and the Rev. David Tombe, who is in exile from the same diocese after being released from jail there through the intervention of Pope John Paul II.

The event will include dancing by young Sudanese women and playing of African drums.

Renewal leader to speak

The Rev. Mark Chavez, national executive director of Word-Alone, will be featured speaker at the fall meeting of the WordAlone Regional Network of Upstate New York at 10:30 a.m. next Saturday in St. Paul Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Eggertsville.

WordAlone is a national movement to bring renewal and reform to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It began in 1997 as an Internet discussion group formed to oppose imposition of the historic episcopate in the church organization. It currently has 178 member congregations with more than 100,000 members.

Novena for St. Therese

The annual Public Novena in honor of St. Therese, the Little Flower of Jesus, will begin Sunday in the Monastery of the Carmelite Nuns, 75 Carmel Road, and continue through Oct. 1, the feast day of the saint.

The novena, which will begin with Mass at 7 p.m. each day, will be conducted by the Rev. Kevin Peek, a priest in the Diocese of Atlanta. Bishop Henry J. Mansell of the Buffalo Catholic Diocese will celebrate the closing Mass on Oct. 1. There will be no afternoon services any day of the novena.

Peace crusade set at shrine

The annual Rosary Crusade for World Peace, sponsored by the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Road, Lewiston.

Monsignor Richard S. Amico, pastor of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Niagara Falls, will be homilist. Monsignor J. Thomas Moran, pastor of St. Bernard's Parish, Youngstown, will serve as moderator.

The service will include an outdoor rosary procession, coronation of a statue of Mary, blessing of children, an apostolic blessing and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

About 2,000 rosaries will be distributed.

Bishop to offer Red Mass

Bishop Henry J. Mansell will be principal celebrant and homilist at the annual Red Mass for lawyers, judges and public officials at 12:05 p.m. Monday in St. Joseph's Cathedral, 50 Franklin St.

The Mass, which takes its name from the color of the vestments worn by the celebrants, is sponsored by the St. Thomas More Guild, an organization for Catholic lawyers in the Buffalo diocese. State Supreme Court Justice Nelson H. Cosgrove will deliver remarks at the end of the liturgy.

Mission drive to begin

Representatives from as many as 50 churches in the Empire State Missionary Baptist Convention are expected to participate in second annual Foreign Mission Drive Service at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Mount Olive Baptist Church, 701 E. Delavan Ave.

The guest speaker will be the Rev. Samuel Joubart Sr., chairman of the Foreign Mission Board of the National Baptist Convention U.S.A., based in New York City. Music will be provided by the Citywide Revival Choir, directed by Bessie Patterson.

Each person attending will be asked to contribute $150 to sponsor a student in a school in Swaziland for one year.

Detroit pastor plans talk

Bishop Keith A. Butler, founder and pastor of Word of Faith International Christian Center, Detroit, will be guest speaker at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday in New Creation Fellowship, 3325 Genesee St., Cheektowaga.

Butler is a popular Bible teacher who ministers at seminars, conventions and churches across the United States and in Third World nations. The center, founded in 1979, has 14,000 members and a staff of 120.

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