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Bishop to open 75th anniversary celebration with Mass May 20 Print E-mail
Friday, 06 April 2018 15:00

The Diocese of Youngstown will commence a yearlong celebration of its 75th anniversary with an opening Mass at 4 p.m. May 20 in St. Columba Cathedral with Bishop George V. Murry, S.J., presiding. 

This is the first of a series of events planned for the anniversary, with the theme, “Pride in the Past, Faith in the Future,” Msgr. John Zuraw, diocesan chancellor and chair of the anniversary planning committee, has announced.

Bishop Murry will also offer the closing Mass, set for 4 p.m. June 9, 2019, in the cathedral.

The bishop also plans three Masses with youth: Aug. 26, at Girard St. Rose at 5:30 p.m. for youth from Trumbull and Ashtabula counties; Sept. 30 at Canton Christ the Servant at 6:30 p.m. for Stark and Portage counties; Oct. 7 at Youngstown St. Patrick at 5:30 p.m. for Mahoning and Columbiana counties.

The educational component of the celebration will include a traveling display of the history of the diocese, videos produced by Catholic Television Network (CTNY) on the history of the diocese and on St. Columba Cathedral, as well as “Anniversary Minutes” on each of the six counties of the diocese, which will air on CTNY.

The Catholic Exponent will also publish a commemorative issue May 11, which will feature the history of the diocese and its various continuing ministries. The Exponent will also continue to run articles on the history of the diocese throughout the anniversary year.

In addition, there will be talks by Dr. Hosffman Ospino, a professor of theology and religious education at Boston College, who has researched the relationship between theology and culture and the impact of the interchange on Catholic theological education, catechism and ministry.

Ospino will address: “What Does It Mean To Be Catholic Today?” at 6 p.m. Oct. 22 at St. Christine Parish Center. He will also speak on “Effective Leadership and Ministry in Today’s Diverse Church,” from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at Middlebranch Little Flower Parish.

Bishop Murry also will deliver a lecture, “Pride in the Past, Faith in the Future,” on the history of the diocese, in each of the six counties of the diocese: June 21, Vienna St. Thomas the Apostle; September 20, Ashtabula Our Lady of Peace, Mother of Sorrows Church; Oct. 25, Massillon St. Barbara; Nov. 29, Canfield St. Michael the Archangel; March 28, 2019, Salem St. Paul; and May 23, 2019, Streetsboro St. Joan of Arc. Each lecture is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Ursuline Sister Regina Rogers will speak at various venues on, “Women Religious and the Diocese of Youngstown: Gift & Challenge.” She will speak: Sept. 30 at East Liverpool Holy Trinity Parish at 2 p.m.; Nov. 11 at Jefferson

St. Joseph Parish, with a potluck dinner at 5 p.m. and her talk at 6 p.m.; Jan. 3, 2019, First Friday Club of Greater Youngstown luncheon series at The Georgetown, Boardman, at 11:30 a.m.; Feb. 21, 2019, for the Hamilton Forum, Canton St. Michael the Archangel Parish, at 11:30 a.m.; and March 31, 2019, at Girard St. Rose Parish at 2 p.m.

There will also be an ecumenical prayer service at 6 p.m. Jan. 27, 2019, in St. Columba.

Other events are also being planned, Msgr. Zuraw said. “The committee has worked hard for more than a year in meeting, planning and pursuing various projects. I am confident that this will be a joyous and fruitful celebration.”


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