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Diocese to host Martin Luther King Day conference and interfaith prayer service

Posted by nechc on January 14, 2008

Diocese to host Martin Luther King Day conference and interfaith prayer service
Northern Ireland native and peace advocate to be featured speaker. Springfield – The Catholic Charities Agency of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield will hold a conference focusing in the mission of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the national holiday designated to honor this fallen civil rights leader, Monday, January 21, 2008 from 9 a.m. until 12 noon at theBishop Marshall
Center,

Elliot Street, Springfield

. 

The conference, entitled, “Remembrance and Reflection” was conceived by Springfield Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell.  “During this new year of 2008, we will mark the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” commented Bishop McDonnell. “His dream lives on but it still awaits complete fulfillment.  It is up to all of us to work together for this realization.” In addition to an opening reflection by Bishop McDonnell, the morning-long conference will feature a talk on the King Legacy and how it needs to be fulfilled today by Hedley Abernethy, Peace Building Program Officer for Catholic Relief Services. Abernethy is a native of Northern Ireland and graduate from the Center for Justice and Peace-building atEastern
Mennonite
University. Before coming to the US, Abernethy worked for the National Council of YMCAs in Ireland, helping to develop and promote peace-building programs throughout
Northern Ireland.

 The conference will conclude with an interfaith prayer service for peace at 11:45 a.m. This event is free and open to the public; more information can be received by calling the Catholic Charities Agency at 413 452-0605.

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