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ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE AND LUTHERAN SYNOD ANNOUNCE ECUMENICAL SERVICE OF PRAYER AND PREACHING

 ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE AND LUTHERAN SYNOD ANNOUNCE
 ECUMENICAL SERVICE OF PRAYER AND PREACHING
 NEW YORK, March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre and the Metropolitan New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America have announced today that they will hold a joint ecumenical worship service of prayer and preaching on Saturday, March 21, 1992 at 3:30 p.m. The site will be the Holy Name of Jesus Roman Catholic Church, 1 Gloria Drive, Woodbury, N.Y. (exit 37 off the Long Island Expressway).
 Preaching at the service will be the Rev. Dr. William H. Lazareth, bishop of the Metropolitan New York Synod, and the Rev. John R. McGann, bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. The service will feature a "renewal of baptismal covenant" rite, affirming the common believe that baptism is the beginning of faith and connection with Jesus Christ for all Christians.
 Bishop Lazareth, well-known around the world for his ecumenical work, has announced his retirement just a few weeks ago. This will be his last major ecumenical appearance prior to chairing the upcoming Assembly of his Synod at which his successor will be selected. Bishop Lazareth chairs the Lutheran delegation to the worldwide dialogue between Lutheran and Orthodox theologians and was head of the faith and order work at the World Council of Churches when the long-awaited statement on "Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry" was produced. His cordial relationship with area Roman Catholics has been seen in such events as a joint Reformation-Reconciliation service at St. Patrick's Cathedral with John Cardinal O'connor.
 The leader of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Bishop McGann, encouraged the planning of the ecumenical service of prayer and preaching. Just last year he invited Bishop Lazareth to take part with him in his television program seen on Telicare, the cable television channel operated by the Diocese. In these times of social discord, Bishop McGann is committed to the displaying the unity that exists between Christians.
 The public is invited to attend the ecumenical service in which clergy from both the Diocese and Synod will participate, The renewal of baptismal vows is intended to make a public statement of common commitment to Christian unity.
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 /CONTACT: Fr. Donald Beckmann of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, 516-536-7676, or Rev. George Summers of the Metropolitan New York Synod, 516-298-4918/ CO: Metropolitan New York Synod ST: New York IN: SU:


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