Ursuline sisterreceives doctorate
CANFIELD -- Ursuline Sister Mary McCormick recently received a doctorate of philosophy in theology from Fordham University in the Bronx, N.Y.
Sister Mary's dissertation was, "Right Relations: A Test of the 'Practical' Trinitarian Doctrine of God for Ecclesiology in the Theologies of Catherine Mowry LaCugna and Edward Schillebeeckx."
She was mentored by Sister Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, distinguished professor of theology at Fordham and the author of several books. Sister Mary will return to St. Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology in Wickliffe, where she served on the faculty from 1997 through 2000 while writing her dissertation. Sister Mary has a bachelor's degree in education from Youngstown State University, a master's in theology from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, and a master's in religious education from Loyola University in New Orleans.
Annual honors given
LIBERTY -- Liberty Presbyterian Church has named Bob Hood and Kathryn Infante its man and woman of the year for 2001.
Hood, a 47-year member of the church, serves as trustee. He's a descendant of the township's first settlers and a descendant of the church's charter members.
Infante is a wife, mother of two, a Boy Scout leader and a Sunday school teacher.
Abbot elected
CLEVELAND -- The Rev. Clement Zeleznik, OSB, was named abbot of the St. Andrew Benedictine Abbey and president of Benedictine High School in Cleveland on June. 8. His siblings include two Notre Dame Sisters stationed in Chardon -- Sister Jonathan Zeleznik, who works in pastoral ministry at St. Anselm's Parish in Chesterland, and Sister Reginia Marie Zeleznik, who is pastoral minister for St. Peter-of-the-Fields Parish in Rootstown in the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown.
Young adult ministry
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Catholic Diocese of Youngstown has announced its Office of Youth Ministry will assume responsibility for ministry to young adults. The office will change its name to the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, effective July 1. The current youth ministry staff will respond to the needs of people ranging from high school graduates through their 30s, including those who are single, married, divorced or widowed.
The change reflects increased demand for faith formation, social interactions, and ministerial opportunities, according to the diocese.
This summer, a listing of informational sessions, training opportunities, and resources will be published for those interested in furthering young adult ministries in their parish. Call (330) 744-8451.
Single's ministry events
NILES -- The Single Adult Ministry Network offers a variety of activities for singles, including:
UOvernight camping at Chestnut Ridge Campground, Hubbard, 5 p.m. Friday.
USingles Night Out, service at 6:30 p.m. June 29 at Victory Assembly of God, Coitsville, followed by dinner.
USAM Network at the Mahoning Valley Scrappers Game, 7 p.m. June 30, Cafaro Field, Niles.
Call (888) 473-6582, ext. 12 for more information.
Divorce seminar
WARREN -- Broken Covenant Conference is a free divorce and singles conference that focuses on dealing with the unexpected, adjustment and other issues. The conference at the Hippodrome from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 30 will feature MWP Fashion Boutiques' summer and fall line. For more information call Spencer Ministries at (330) 395-6755.
Men's day speaker
STRUTHERS -- Brother Raymond Weeden of St. Timothy Baptist Church in Cleveland will speak at 11 a.m. Sunday at Pilgrim Baptist Missionary Church. The church will be observing its annual men's day. At 4 p.m. the Rev. Kenneth Simon of New Bethel Baptist Church in Youngstown will speak.
Former memberspeaks on men's day
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Rev. Lee T. Rucker Jr., a former member of Centenary United Methodist Church, will be the keynote speaker at 11 a.m. June 24 at Centenary's annual men's day program. The Rev. Mr. Rucker is pastor of New Light Missionary Baptist Church in Sharon, Pa.
Special rally set
YOUNGSTOWN -- New Beginning Assembly of God will sponsor "Harvest 2000 Outdoor Family Jesus Rally" at 7 p.m. June 27. The guest speaker will be Dominic Galati Jr. of Harvest 2000 Outreach.
Summer youth program
YOUNGSTOWN -- Guiding Light Center of Hope in the former Jefferson School will offer the Keep Educating Youth all Seasons program from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Aug. 10. The program offers arts, music, recreation and other activities for children age 6 to 14. A brunch for orientation is at noon Sunday. For more information, call (330) 743-6635.
Youth choir performs
YOUNGSTOWN -- The White River Youth Choir of Muncie, Ind., will perform at 7 p.m. Monday at Calvary Baptist Church. The singers will perform a variety of gospel, jazz and patriotic music. An offering will be taken.
Youth conference
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Family Worship Center will have a youth conference next weekend. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday with speakers. Events run all day June 23, ending with a musical at 7:30 p.m. Services Sunday are at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. June 24. Call (330) 744-3515.
Youth rally planned
HERMITAGE, Pa. -- Miracle Valley Church will have a youth rally with Josh Barclay and a performance by Kyrie at 7 p.m. June 29. For more information, call (724) 962-5400.
Dialogue group speaker
BOARDMAN -- The Rev. George Gage, pastor of St. Mary Church, will address the Society of Saint John Chrysostom Catholic-Orthodox dialogue group at 7 p.m. July 10 at St. Mary's. Father Gage will speak on, "The Miracle of Damascus." For more information, call (330) 755-5635.
Kingdom Seekers
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- An Antioch International Ministries Conference with the theme "Kingdom Seekers" will be June 28 to 30 at Living Word Church. The guest speaker will be John Kelly, who on behalf of Peter Wagner, leads the International Coalition of Apostles. There will be activities for all ages. For information, call (724) 946-2741.
Prayer group meets
YOUNGSTOWN -- The "Sacred Heart" Padre Pio Prayer Group will have an event starting at 11:30 a.m. June 24 at the Shrine of Our Lady, Comforter of the Afflicted. Prayers and a noon Mass will be followed by a slide show on the Sacred Heart and Body of Christ.
Grants sought
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Office of Social Action of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Youngstown is taking grant applications for Operation Rice Bowl and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Operation Rice Bowl money can be used to provide food and hunger-related services. Catholic Campaign for Human Development money can be used by low income groups working to change policies or structures for social justice or neighborhood improvement. Applications can be obtained by Aug. 1 by calling (330) 744-8451, ext. 320 or 321.

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