Female priest to say Catholic mass here

Religion Notes

October 23, 1991|By Patrick Ercolano | Patrick Ercolano,Evening Sun Staff

The Rev. Rose Vernell, the first ordained female priest in the African-American Catholic Congregation, will celebrate a mass at a.m. Sunday at the AACC's local Imani Temple at 1111 E. Cold Spring Lane.

The AACC is the breakaway black Catholic congregation founded by Bishop George Stallings, a former Roman Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Washington.

Vernell, 50, was once a nun in the Roman Catholic order of the Oblate Sisters of Providence. She left the Oblate Sisters in 1968 and worked until recently as a teacher and an administrator at a St. Paul, Minn., Catholic elementary school. She is the widowed mother of two children and lives in Neptune, N.J.

Ordained as an AACC priest last month, she will be installed as pastor of the AACC's Philadelphia temple in December, following the defection of the previous pastor over conflicts with Stallings.

The AACC reportedly has 5,000 followers in several congregations in the United States.

Saltzman's chair:

Rabbi Murray Saltzman, the senior rabbi at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation in Pikesville since 1978, has been invited to teach at his alma mater.

From Dec. 2 through Dec. 12, Saltzman will occupy the Alumni Chair in Practical Rabbinics at the Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Founded 116 years ago, Hebrew Union is the oldest institution of higher Jewish education in North America. Saltzman earned bachelor's and master's degrees in Hebrew letters at the school.

Hebrew Union's Alumni Chair is held for distinguished rabbis who lecture on their experiences as a way of helping rabbinic students understand the transition from classroom to congregation.

New Hope's new church:

After holding services for six years at an elementary school, New Hope Lutheran Church in Columbia will hold a ground-breaking for its new church at 11 a.m. this Sunday.

The ceremony will take place at the site of the planned structure, at Guilford and Eden Brook roads near the King's Contrivance Village Center. The ground-breaking will be preceded by a 9:30 a.m. service at Atholton Elementary School, 6700 Seneca Drive, Columbia. The school has served as the congregation's place of worship since 1985, when New Hope was chartered.

The Rev. H. Gerard Knoche, pastor of the 250-member congregation, says construction of the red-brick church should begin in December and be completed by June 1992. The project will cost $1 million. The church has obtained a $900,000 loan from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and has raised more than $300,000 in fund drives, Knoche says.

About the scrolls:

The Dead Sea Scrolls will be the subject of upcoming events in Baltimore and College Park.

At 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30, Biblical scholar Michael L. Klein of Jerusalem will speak on "The Targumin and the Dead Sea Scrolls: Scholarship and Scandal." The lecture will be held at Baltimore Hebrew University, 5800 Park Heights Ave.

From 1:30 to 5 p.m. Nov. 3, a colloquium titled "The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Community and Its Literature" will take place in the Center of Adult Education at the University of Maryland College Park. The three renowned scroll researchers scheduled to take part in the colloquium are Carol Newsom of Emory University, James VanderKam of the University of Notre Dame and Joseph Baumgarten of Baltimore Hebrew.

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