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Two August diocesan events to address racism

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The diocese is holding two events in August to address racism: a prayer service Aug. 1 and a presentation and dialogue Aug. 25.

The prayer service, “Requiem for the Black Children of God,” will be led by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge Aug. 1 at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington at 10:30 a.m. It also will be online.

Hosted by the diocesan Black Catholic Ministry and the Office of Multicultural Ministries, the service is open to the public, with a capacity limit of 250 people. Face masks and social distancing are required.

The second event, “Responding to Racism: A Diocesan Dialogue,” will be held Aug. 25 at Church of the Nativity in Burke at 7 p.m. The event will be livestreamed on the diocesan YouTube channel. In-person capacity will be limited to 100 attendees. Face masks and social distancing are required.

Sponsored by diocesan Catholic Charities, the panel and dialogue will include Bishop Burbidge and Father Scott Woods, a priest in the Archdiocese of Washington, and Father Bob Cilinski, diocesan episcopal vicar of Charitable Works and Nativity pastor.

Father Woods is pastor of two Southern Maryland parishes, St. Cecilia Church in St. Mary’s City and St. Peter Claver Church in St. Inigoes. He is also chaplain and founder of the spiritual direction program at St. Mary’s Ryken Catholic High School in Leonardtown.

Find out more

For more on the Aug. 1 prayer service, go to arlingtondiocese.org/multicultural  

To register for the Aug. 25 dialogue, email volunteer@ccda.net.


© Arlington Catholic Herald 2020