Series examines Mary in Christianity, Islam - Catholic Courier

Series examines Mary in Christianity, Islam

As a result of the 2005 Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, the Catholic Church and the Churches of the Anglican Communion issued an “Agreed Statement on Mary, the mother of Jesus: Mary, Grace and Hope in Christ.”

A series of presentations have been scheduled at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 296 Flower City Park, Rochester, to recognize this agreement and to highlight the significant role Mary plays in Christianity and in Islam.

Each presentation will feature a brief talk by representatives from the Rochester Catholic, Episcopal and Muslim communities, followed by time for questions and discussion.

The presentations are slated as follows:

Nov. 17, 7 p.m.: “Mary in Tradition,” presented by Belinda Brasley of the Catholic Diocese of Rochester; the Very Rev. Dr. John R. Kevern, Bexley Hall Episcopal Seminary; and Dr. Aly Nahas of the Islamic Center of Rochester. Brasley noted that she will address the Catholic doctrines of Mary’s Immaculate Conception, her Assumption and her virginity. She added that she will address such misconceptions as the erroneous notion that Catholics worship Mary.

Dec 1, 7 p.m.: “Mary in Today’s Life,” presented by Sister of St. Joseph Mary Louise Heffernan of the Sisters of St. Joseph Spirituality Center, along with Rev. Kevern and Nahas.

This series is free and open to the public.

The Catholic and Episcopal dioceses of Rochester are cosponsoring this series.

For information, call Deacon John Brasley at 585/328-3228; or the Rev. C. Denise Yarbrough, Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, at 315/536-3955.

Tags: Interfaith Relations, Mary
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