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Religion Notes / News of area faith groups

Chautauqua lectures

The Chautauqua Institution's Department of Religion begins its nine-week season with a worship service at 10:45 a.m. Sunday. Admission to the grounds is free on Sundays.

The Interfaith Lecture Series will be held weekdays at 2 p.m. in the Hall of Philosophy.


Vigil for victims

University Presbyterian Church and St. Joseph University Church will hold a silent candlelight vigil to honor victims of torture throughout the world from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. today in University Presbyterian Church, Main Street at Niagara Falls Boulevard.

June is torture awareness month and Sunday is the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.


Sacred Heart novena

A Sacred Heart novena continues daily through Friday in St. Michael Church, 651 Washington St.

Daily Masses are at 6:45 a.m., 10 a.m., noon and 5 p.m. Masses on Sunday will be at 7, 8:30 and 10 a.m. and noon and 5 p.m. with special preaching by Jesuit priests, the Rev. William P. Poorten, the Rev. Edmund W. Nagle and the Rev. Peter J. Murray.


Change of command

Majors Robert and Hester Dixon, area coordinators for The Salvation Army Buffalo Area Services, have been reassigned to Philadelphia and will be succeeded by Majors Thomas and Kathleen Applin on Wednesday.

The Applins were married in 1979 and together attended The Salvation Army School for Officer Training, where they were ordained as ministers and commissioned as lieutenants in 1982.

They have two adult children, Evangeline and Bramwell.

The Dixons served as area coordinators since 2008.


New pastor arrives

Christ United Methodist Church, 345 Saratoga Road, Amherst, is saying goodbye to its current pastor and welcoming a new pastor.

The Rev. Sinnathamby Thevanesan, pastor of the Snyder congregation for the past four years, will retire Thursday.

Succeeding him will be the Rev. Dr. B.J. Norrix, who comes from the Christ Community United Methodist Church in Syracuse, where he served for 23 years.

The Detroit native also is director of resource development for Nexus Seminary in Uganda. Norrix is set to begin Friday.

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