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RELIGION NOTES

July 08, 1993|By Reported by Frank P.L. Somerville

Sisters of Mercy sending delegation to El Salvador

A delegation of women organized by the Sisters of Mercy in Baltimore is preparing to spend 10 days this month in villages of El Salvador newly rebuilt after years of devastation by the Salvadoran civil war.

The five women -- three Mercy sisters and two lay volunteers -- will begin their visit with residents of recently repopulated villages of the Calle Real region on July 20. It will be the second of what are to be annual trips to El Salvador by the Roman Catholic religious order.

Calle Real and the Sisters of Mercy in Baltimore are linked in a "sister cities" relationship. This month's delegation will visit day care, bakery, sewing and wood shop cooperatives and take along contributions from the sisters and friends of Baltimore's Mercy Community toward the cost of installing electricity in the rebuilt villages.

The women will also inspect the Mercy Garden -- developed with donations brought by the 1992 delegation -- and the health clinic that uses herbal medicines from the garden.

Members of the 1993 delegation include Mercy Sisters Katherine Nueslein, director of St. Peter's Adult Learning Center; Amata May, who does geriatric research for Associated Catholic Charities in the Baltimore archdiocese; and Madonna Gies, who teaches adults in a southwestern Virginia program.

The lay members of the delegation are Kimberly Bares and Tina Spurrier, both Mercy Corps Volunteers in Baltimore.

Musical celebration

The congregation of Emmanuel Lutheran Church at 929 Ingleside Ave. in Catonsville, which has been without its Casavant pipe organ since Easter, will hear the results of large-scale repairs and additions to the instrument for the first time at the 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. services on Sunday.

As the result of an overhauling at the Casavant Organ Co. factory in Canada, the number of pipes has been increased from 1,800 to 2,300. The repairs cost the music-conscious congregation $120,000, raised through contributions to an organ fund over the last five years.

The Emmanuel church has four choirs totaling nearly 100 voices under the direction of Richard Durham, its minister of music and organist, and Nadia White, his assistant. Since the Sunday after Easter, a piano has accompanied the singers.

Five-day revival

The Youth and Young Adult Choir of St. Stephen African Methodist Episcopal Church at 1601 Old Eastern Ave. in Essex will be joined by guest choirs and guest preachers for 7 p.m. revival services Monday through July 16 at the church. Information: 686-9392.

Islamic invitation

The Islamic Society of Baltimore, which operates a mosque and school at 6631 Johnnycake Road in Catonsville, is holding a monthly open house for the general public, intended to counteract what its spokesman calls "the growing misconceptions and misunderstandings which exist in the minds of many of our fellow Americans toward the Islamic religion and faith."

Omar McConnell, the spokesman, said each month's program will include a brief introduction to Islam, "based on reality, not myth," followed by a question-and-answer session and refreshments.

The next open house begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. "Judging from the response to last month's program, we can almost guarantee an informative, pleasant and worthwhile evening," Mr. McConnell said.

For information and reservations: 747-4869.

Papal visit

Thanks to sponsorship and financial support from two groups of Baltimore-area Roman Catholics, six members of the class of 1994 at Mount de Sales Academy in Catonsville will take part in next month's World Youth rally in Denver, to be presided over by Pope John Paul II.

The international gathering Aug. 11-15 will mark John Paul's third visit as pope to the United States, his first since his cross-country tour in 1987. The Denver event is expected to draw 150,000 teen-agers and young adults from 70 countries, including 400 from the Baltimore archdiocese.

The Mount de Sales delegation -- Kristin Armshaw, Angela Burke, Melissa Neiswender, Audrey Powers, Julie Robins and Michelle Webb -- will take part as the result of craft sales and raffles as well as individual contributions by the residents of St. Martin's Home and the Sulpician Fathers of St. Charles Villa.

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