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Press Release: His Eminence Walter Cardinal Kasper to Deliver Annual Campbell Lecture at DeSales University, Thurs., March 17
Date: 3/4/2005


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His Eminence Walter Cardinal Kasper to Deliver Annual Campbell Lecture at DeSales University, Thurs., March 17

His Eminence Walter Cardinal Kasper, pontifical council for promoting Christian unity, will be the guest speaker for the annual Robert K. Campbell Memorial Lectureship on Christian Unity at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, March 17, in Connelly Chapel at DeSales University. The event is sponsored by the Lehigh County Conference of Churches (LCCC) and is open to the public for a fee.

The program will feature two lectures by Cardinal Kasper on the topic, "Ecumenism: 40 Years After Vatican II." Other festivities include a dinner and an ecumenical worship ceremony. All activities will be held in Connelly Chapel, except for dinner, which will take place in the McShea Commons. Early registration is advised and tickets to all events are required.

The agenda includes: registration at 3:00 p.m.; the first talk by Cardinal Kasper at 4:15 p.m.; dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m.; a worship ceremony, also featuring the DeSales University Chorale, will begin at 7:00 p.m.; and at 7:45 p.m., Cardinal Kasper will present his second talk. The program will conclude around 9 p.m.

Cardinal Kasper was appointed president of the pontifical council for promoting Christian unity in Rome by Pope John Paul II on May 3, 2001. The council's primary function is guiding and serving the ecumenical activities of the Catholic Church and is also responsible for Catholic-Jewish relations. Previously, the cardinal was chosen as a Catholic theologian to sit on the World Council of Churches' Faith and Order Commission, one of the most comprehensive theological forums in Christianity. Cardinal Kasper also was named co-chairman of the Lutheran-Catholic Commission of Unity for 5 years until he was appointed secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity in Rome.

The Campbell Memorial Lectureship is an annual event sponsored by the LCCC and hosted by DeSales, in memory of the late Robert K. Campbell, a former chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Power and Light Company. Campbell actively encouraged Christian unity and was instrumental in community efforts through which the religious community of the Lehigh Valley could put their energies and motivation to work in serving the needs of the less fortunate and underprivileged. To honor Campbell, the Committee on Ecumenism of the LCCC established an annual lectureship focusing specifically on Christian unity.

The LCCC is an association of over 140 churches and faith organizations working collectively with over 800 volunteers meeting the human and spiritual needs of the community. Since 1954, the LCCC has sponsored programs that have made a difference in the lives of thousands of people.

For more information on the lecture and registration, please contact Rev. Dr.Christine L. Nelson, LCCC Executive Directory, at (610) 433-6421 or lccc@lccconfchurch.org.


Press Release: His Eminence Walter Cardinal Kasper to Deliver Annual Campbell Lecture at DeSales University, Thurs., March 17 | Posted on: 3/4/2005

For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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