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Religion Notes / News of area faith groups

Theology professor to speak

"Teenage and Adult Spirituality: What Happened to Sin?" is ?the title of a lecture the Rev. William O'Malley will give at 7 p.m. Friday in main dining room of Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, Aurora.

O'Malley, professor of theology at Seattle University, is also a playwright, actor and author.


Blessing of animals

St. Luke's Anglican Church will host a blessing of the animals at 1 p.m. next Saturday in Knox Farm State Park. All leashed or contained animals are welcome to come for a blessing and treat. A fall festival for families will also run from 1 to 4 p.m.

For more information or to volunteer, contact the Rev. Seth Brooker at 783-0607 or


Feast of St. Francis

Hilbert College will celebrate the Feast of St. Francis all week, including a lecture at 3:30 p.m. Monday in Bogel Hall room 101 ?by the Rev. Dan Horan, a Franciscan friar.

On Thursday, the Feast of St. Francis, the Hilbert community will participate in a peace walk at 12:30 p.m. starting in the William E. Swan Auditorium.


International food fair

St. John's-Grace Episcopal Church will celebrate its 30th Annual International Food Fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today in the parish hall on Lafayette and Richmond avenues. Eat in or take out. For more information, call the church office at 885-1112.


Supporters honored

A former president-rector of Christ the King Seminary and three families who have generously supported the seminary will be honored at the 2012 Curé of Ars dinner Wednesday in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.

The evening begins with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. Awards will be presented at 7:30 p.m.

Monsignor Frederick Leising, now the pastor of Nativity of Mary Parish, Harris Hill and Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Bowmansville, will be recognized for his continuing, strong support of vocations in the Diocese ?of Buffalo.

The Amico, Arena and Ervolina families, owners of Valu Home Centers, also will be honored.


Vatican II symposium

A daylong symposium, "Vatican II (1962-1965) at Fifty: Exploring Its Teaching, Visioning Its Future," will be held beginning at 9 a.m. Oct. 23 in the main dining room of Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, Aurora.

Seminary faculty will discuss the historical background and various documents produced by the Second Vatican Council as part of the special commemoration of the opening of the council.