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RELIGION NOTES

August 26, 1993|By Reported by Frank P.L. Somerville

Living wills, organ donations to be discussed

Religious questions that are part of end-of-life issues such as organ donations and living wills will be the subject of a free, public program Sunday evening at Woodbrook Baptist Church, 25 Stevenson Lane, Rodgers Forge.

Involved in the decisions in many cases is the cost of health care. About 60 percent of those costs typically accrue in the last 90 days of life, said Dr. William Dooley, one of the panelists for Sunday's discussion, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Dr. Dooley, assistant professor of surgery and oncology at the Johns Hopkins Medical School, said that steps taken to prolong life will be considered. Answers will be sought to such questions as: "How do you face the issues of when is enough enough? When is prolonging life OK, or when does your belief structure allow you not to prolong life?"

Medical and legal perspectives on organ donation and living wills will be offered. Organ recipients will be present to provide their insights.

For reservations for a light supper at 6 p.m., call 377-2350.

New bishop:

The Rev. Carl Holloway Montgomery Jr. of Baltimore was consecrated a bishop of the newly formed United Pentecostal Churches of Christ in ceremonies Saturday in Cleveland.

The consecration and enthronement took place after the installation of the presiding prelate, Bishop J. Delano Ellis II. About 100 congregations are affiliated with the new denomination.

The bishop's installation was part of a convocation at Cleveland's Pentecostal Church of Christ, attended by delegates from 15 states. Bishop Ellis has departed from some traditional forms of Pentecostalism by ordaining women and assigning them as pastors and district overseers.

The church preaches abstinence from nonprescription drugs, alcohol and tobacco, and places a strong emphasis on family values and the "princely heritage" of black men, a spokesman for the church said.

Worship is formal with a pageantry in the ancient Anglican style.

Bishop Montgomery, a church liturgy adviser, attended St. Mary's Seminary and University, Loyola College and Coppin State College in Baltimore. His new diocese extends from Delaware to the Gulf of Mexico.

Information: 298-0380.

Unborn monument:

The St. Agnes Council of the Knights of Columbus will dedicate a stone monument bearing the inscription, "In Memory of the Unborn," on Aug. 29 at its headquarters, 2021 Frederick Road, Catonsville.

The 11:30 a.m. dedication follows the 9 a.m. Mass at Catonsville's St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church and a Communion breakfast at the council building. Information: 747-6680.

Hebrew lessons:

A free "crash course" in reading Hebrew, a series of five lectures on consecutive Tuesday evenings, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Jewish Community Center in Owings Mills.

The course is co-sponsored by the Etz Chaim Center for Jewish Studies and the National Jewish Outreach Program. Information: 764-1553.

Jewish women:

The Jewish Women's Resource Center has formed the Jewish Women's Study Group under the guidance of Sandy Winters and Rena Rotenberg.

The first meeting is at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29. Information: 484-5833.

Dominican Sisters:

Three 1990 graduates of Mount de Sales Academy in Catonsville -- Sisters Maria Goretti Baker, Jane Frances Garmer and Mary Madeline Todd -- made their first profession of vows as Dominican Sisters of the St. Cecilia Congregation in a ceremony Aug. 9 in Nashville, Tenn.

At the same ceremony, a member of the academy's Class of 1985, Sister Francis de Sales Ames, took her final vows. Her sister, Sister Caroline Ames, a 1983 graduate, renewed her vows during the ceremony.

The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia of Nashville have educated students for more than 130 years. The order has administered Mount de Sales Academy since 1985.

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