Joint Catholic-Lutheran events scheduled to mark 500th anniversary of Protestant Reformation

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Lexington, Ky. –  The Roman Catholic Diocese of Lexington and the area’s Lutheran community will mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in October with a month-long slate of joint events.

The overall theme for the month is “From Conflict to Communion: A Month of Celebration.” At present, the planned events include:

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  • October 1—A concert and reception at the Catholic Cathedral of Christ the King in Lexington. The program will feature offerings from a bell choir, a joint children’s choir, a jazz ensemble, and a joint adult choir. Students participating in the Central Kentucky Youth concert orchestra will comprise most of the orchestra. Fellowship will follow in the cathedral’s Hehman Hall.
  • October 8—Two scholars will present lectures on the two facets of the month’s theme. Dr. Richard Gaillardetz, professor of Catholic systematic theology and chair of the theology department in Boston College, will speak on the “conflict” dimension of the Catholic-Lutheran split in the 1500s. Rev. Joy Schroeder, professor church history in Capital University and Trinity Seminary, Bexley, OH, will speak on the “communion” dimension of the Catholic-Lutheran dialogues since 1965. She was a Lutheran member of the National Catholic-Lutheran Task force which prepared the “Declaration on the Way: Church, Ministry and Eucharist,” a consensus document of agreements based on the history of the ecumenical dialogue. The event, at the W.T. Young Library Auditorium, is co-sponsored by Dr. David G. Hunter, University of Kentucky Chair of Catholic Studies, and Newman Foundation, Inc.
  • October 15—An as-yet undetermined charity event for national/international outreach.
  • October 22—A joint prayer service with Roman Catholic Bishop of Lexington John Stowe, O.F.M. Conv., and Bishop William O. Gafkjen, of Indianapolis, who presides over the Indiana-Kentucky Synod (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America). Other Lutheran and Catholic participation in the service is planned. A reception will follow. The location is to be announced.
  • October 28-29—A service work weekend is planned, as a joint partnership for local outreach, at the new Catholic Action Center in Lexington.

All events are open to the public.