ROCHESTER — The Muslim Catholic Alliance will mark the second anniversary of the signing of the Muslim Catholic Agreement of Understanding and Cooperation with a presentation at Sacred Heart Cathedral Friday, May 6, at 7 p.m.
The event will feature talks by Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed, secretary general of the Islamic Society of North America, and Father Francis V. Tiso, associate director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Deacon John Brasley, coordinator of community services for the Diocese of Rochester’s Parish Support Ministries, said both speakers will address the impact of the Muslim Catholic Agreement locally, nationally and internationally.
Muslim and Catholic leaders, including Bishop Matthew H. Clark, signed the agreement on May 5, 2003. The agreement pledged the diocese and the Council of Masajid (Mosques) of Rochester to affirm rights of free speech, thought, conscience and religion; reject religious and ethnic intolerance; promote and encourage a deeper knowledge of and respect for the history, traditions and sensitivities of the two faiths; promote collaboration in providing services to those in need in the Rochester community; and implement the agreement jointly. Since signing the agreement, both communities have implemented it through such activities as jointly sponsored educational series about both faiths.
The event is free and open to the public.