A five–part public lecture series that explores the life and times of five Catholics who challenged the church begins Jan. 23 at the Barrette Business and Community Center on the campus of Walsh University, 2020 E. Maple St., North Canton.
The series, called The Saints, will explore the lives of St. Augustine of Hippo, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. John Chrysostom, Dorothy Day and J.H. Cardinal Newman. Each 90–minute lecture begins at 7 p.m.
This is the schedule:
• Jan. 23: The Life and Thought of St. Augustine of Hippo presented by Chad Gerber, assistant professor of theology at Walsh.
• Feb. 20: The Life and Thought of St. Thomas Aquinas by Andrew Kim, assistant professor of theology at Walsh.
• March 20: The Life and Thought of St. John Chrysostom by Rev. Daniel Rogich, pastor at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Canton and an adjunct professor at Walsh.
• April 17: The Life and Thought of Dorothy Day by Joseph Torma, professor of theology at Walsh.
• May 8: The Life and Thought of J.H. Cardinal Newman by the Rev. Patrick Manning, chairman of the Walsh Department of Theology.
The series, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Walsh University Lifelong Learning Academy and the Walsh Theology Division. Attendance records will be kept for participants and recognition will be given by the Lifelong Learning Academy to people who complete 15, 30 or 45 hours. The lectures have been approved by the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown for up to seven-and-a-half general hours toward religious education certification.
Walsh is an independent Catholic liberal arts and sciences university that serves more than 3,000 students from 15 states and 24 countries.
For more information about the lecture series, email email@example.com.
In other religion news:
Aurora Mennonite Church — 59 E. Mennonite Road, Aurora. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday. Community dinner. Salisbury steak, salad bar, two side dishes, dessert and drink. Adults $8.50, ages 4-11 $4.50. 330-562-8011.
Canton Christian Women’s Connection — at The Fairways at Arrowhead, 1500 Rogwin Circle SW, Plain Township. 11:30 a.m. Thursday. The monthly luncheon will be held. Theme is Something for Nothing featuring a gift giveaway. Speaker will be Donna Fenton and music provided by singer Sandra Cheney. For reservations, call Sherry at 330-837-6552 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday. Cost is $13 and includes lunch. Free child care available.
The Chapel — 135 Fir Hill, Akron. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25. The movie October Baby will be shown in the auditorium. For more information, contact Joey Martin at 330-315-5511 or email@example.com.
The Chapel, Green Campus — 1800 Raber Road, Green. 10 a.m. Friday. Abundant Livin 55+ Christian fellowship and lunch in the Atrium. Special music by the worship department. Ages 55 and over welcome to attend. 330-315-5508.
Diocese of Youngstown — at St. Columba Cathedral, 154 W. Wood St., Youngstown. Noon Jan. 19. The Most Rev. George V. Murry, Bishop of Youngstown, will celebrate the annual diocesan Mass for Life. Expectant parents and their families will be invited to receive a blessing for their unborn babies. Following the Mass, a pasta luncheon will be provided in St. Columba Hall. 330-744-8451.
Firestone Park Presbyterian Church — 275 S. Firestone Blvd., Akron. 3:30 to 6 p.m. today. Sixth annual chili judging event. Homemade chili made by members of the church. $6 per person includes coffee, soft drinks and desserts. Tickets at the door. 330-773-2020.
Holy Family Church — 3163 Kent Road, Stow. 7 p.m. Friday. The annual 24-hour pro-life prayer vigil will be held, marking the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. The Stow-Hudson Knights of Columbus will present a special Marian Prayer Program to open the vigil. It will conclude with a 5 p.m. Mass Jan. 19. 330-688-6412.
Manchester United Methodist Church — 5625 Manchester Road, New Franklin. 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday. Gospel Bluegrass Jam on the third Friday of each month. Bring your favorite covered dish to share for dinner at 7:30 p.m. Donations welcome. 330-882-4818.
Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church — 844 Garth Ave., Akron. 10:45 a.m. Sunday. The congregation will celebrate the works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during morning worship. The message will be delivered by Fred Wright, CEO and president of the Akron Urban League. 330-762-4997.
Trinity Lutheran Church — 600 S. Water St., Kent. 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday. Spaghetti dinner. Includes garlic bread, drink, salad, applesauce and dessert. Adults $7, children $4, maximum $25 per family. It will benefit the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Portage County. 330-673-5446.
Speakers, classes, workshops
Ashland Theological Seminary — Ashland University, 401 College Ave., Ashland. 7 p.m. Jan. 31. Dr. John Byron, professor of New Testament, will present a lecture titled Fakes, Forgeries and Frauds: Does Archaeology Prove the Bible? in Smetzer Auditorium inside the Gerber Academic Building. Free and open to the public. Following the lecture, there will be light refreshments and a tour of the seminary’s Bible Museum. 419-289-5462.
The Chapel in Marlboro — 8700 State Route 619, Marlboro Township. 6 p.m. Sunday. Greifshare, a ministry to individuals who have experienced the loss of a loved one, will meet each Sunday in the Safe Harbor Sport Center conference room No. 3. It is led by Jim Justice and Annabelle Fearon. For more information, contact the Rev. Rob Cochran at 330-935-0132.
Community Church of Portage Lakes — 3260 Cormany Road, Coventry Township. 6 p.m. Jan. 27. First session of Financial Peace University, a nine-week course on DVD, that provides families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and achieve long-term success. Contact Susan Rymer at 330-644-6121 for more information or to register.
Malone University — Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts, 2600 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton. 10:05 a.m. Friday. Stan Hinshaw, Christian recording artist and a 1981 Malone graduate, will be guest chapel speaker. He is also lead pastor at First Friends Church in Canton. His topic will be Why Do Spiritual Disciplines Matter? 330-471-8239.
The Chapel — 135 Fir Hill, Akron. 7 p.m. Tuesday. Parents of Prodigals, a support group for parents and families with prodigal teen and adult children, will meet in the Great Commission Room. The speaker will be the Rev. Dan Page. Reservations not required. For more information, call Ed Davidian at 330-620-5668.
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