Drama to tell story of heroic priest at Nazi death camp...

RELIGION NOTES

March 02, 2001

Drama to tell story of heroic priest at Nazi death camp

A one-man drama, "Maximilian: Saint of Auschwitz," will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Andrew on the Bay Roman Catholic Church, 701 College Parkway in Cape St. Claire.

The drama tells the story of the Rev. Maximilian Kolbe, a Catholic priest who was imprisoned at Auschwitz, tortured, placed in a starvation ward and eventually killed with a lethal injection. Kolbe had come forward to take the place of another man condemned by the Nazis.

Forty-one years later, Kolbe was canonized by the church. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of St. Maximilian, a nationwide tour of the play is under way.

The drama - a theatrical production with set, lights, costumes, and music - will be performed by Leonardo Defilippis, founder and producer of Saint Luke's Productions, a theatrical company dedicated to promoting the Catholic vision through dramatic programs.

The play runs 90 minutes and is suitable for all ages. Tickets are $7, or $18 for a family of three or more, and may be purchased at Shepherd's Nook, 558 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. in Severna Park; Christian Bookshop in the Forest Plaza Shopping Center in Annapolis; and Lenstone Books at Marley Station mall.

Information: 410-757-4132 or 410-349-3170.

Russian vocal ensemble to offer religious music

An evening of Russian sacred and folk music will be presented tomorrow by Russicum, the St. Petersburg Vocal Ensemble, at Mayo United Methodist Church in Edgewater.

The a capella, four-member ensemble from St. Petersburg and Kiev travel the world promoting traditional and contemporary religious Russian songs. Russicum members sing as soloists or work as choir conductors in church services of the Russian Orthodox Church in the St. Petersburg area.

"This concert gives listeners a rare chance to hear music as it is actually being performed today in Russian churches," said James Fitzpatrick, music director of the Mayo church, adding that an unexpected opening in the group's schedule made the appearance possible.

The program, at 7:30 p.m., is free and open to the public. It will be preceded by a ham and oyster dinner at the church, which costs $15.

Mayo United Methodist is at 1005 Old Turkey Point Road. Information: 410-798-6110.

Author, religion professor to present talks, seminars

Author and lecturer Marcus J. Borg, a professor of religion and culture and president of the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars, will give a series of talks, seminars and sermons in Annapolis next week as the guest of St. Anne's Episcopal Church.

From 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 9, he will lecture at St. Anne's Day School, 3112 Arundel on the Bay Road, on "The Battle for the Bible Today," a subject he is said to consider the most divisive issue in the church in North America.

"He shows his audience a way of seeing the Bible's origin, authority and interpretation that allows them to take it seriously, but not literally," according to an announcement of his topics.

From 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 10, also at the day school, he will present three lectures under the umbrella title of "Seeing Jesus Again: Why it Matters," exploring "what we can know about Jesus before and after Easter; the meanings of Good Friday and Easter; and the vision of the Christian life that flows out of this way of seeing Jesus."

There is a $10 admission to attend either or both days' lectures, and advance registration is suggested.

Borg will also preach at all three Sunday services at St. Anne's Church, on Church Circle, at 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. March 11, and lead the adult forum at the parish house on Duke of Gloucester Street after the 9 a.m. service. His subject for the forum will be "Open Hearts and Thin Places: Imaging the Christian Life."

Information: the Rev. Gid Montjoy or Sue Isaacs, 410-267- 9333.

Calendar

Church coffeehouse: A coffeehouse program featuring entertainment by Mike Lovecchio will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow at Heritage Community Church, 8146 Quarterfield Road in Severn. Admission is $4; $2 for children younger than age 12. Information: Pastor Janie Gaskins, 410- 551-8500.

Bishop's visit: The Rev. John L. Rabb, bishop suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, will be the celebrant and preacher at the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday services at Christ Church, West River, and will meet with the vestry.

Church fund-raiser: St. Bernadette's Roman Catholic Church will hold a gala art show and auction March 10, with a preview party at 7 p.m. and bidding at 8 p.m., at the church at 801 Stevenson Road, Severn. Tickets are $10 a person or $15 a couple in advance, and $12 and $20 per couple at the door. Information: 410-969-2783.

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