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Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

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"These three things, study, prayer, and service, are important ways that the love of Christ can be shared among us and through us. We invite Lutherans and Catholics in our region to join in this year of commemoration, so that we may more effectively share the truth of the gospel with all." (Joint Statement of Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, Bishop Suzanne Darcy Dillahunt and Bishop Jeffrey M. Monforton)

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati and ELCA Southern Ohio Synod are sponsoring these upcoming activities to understand the origins of the Reformation, our differences, and our growing unity in Christ.


A Presentation by Fr. David Endres, PhD, Dean of Mount St. Mary's Seminary and the Athenaeum of Ohio


Dr. David Mengel, Xavier University Dean of College of Arts and Sciences and History Professor

Dr. Mengel will highlight the historical roots of the reform. Fr. Endres will speak about the reforming movement's impact on the Catholic Church leading up to the Council of Trent. Both will also speak to our hopes for a future of greater reconciliation and unity. The same presentation will be offered in two locations.


Thursday, Oct 12, 2017 - 7:00 P.M.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church 7770 Beechmont Ave.


Thursday, Oct 26, 2017 - 7:00 P.M.

Peace Lutheran Church 3530 Dayton Xenia Rd.

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Join a Catholic-Lutheran Dialogue Group Near You!

Catholic and Lutheran churches throughout the Archdiocese have been sponsoring successful dialogues to better understand their differences and to continue their journey together towards greater unity in Christ. 

For a complete listing of all the dialogues that have taken place so far, click here.

The following two series are open to more participants

Re-Membering the Body of Christ

Guardian Angels, Immaculate Heart of Mary and St. John Fisher parishes will be joining in study, prayer and service with Lutheran Church of the Resurrection.  The sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings (Sept 12 - Oct 24) from 7:00 - 8:30- the site of meeting will alternate among participating churches.  The first session will be held at IHM on Sept 12 in the Parish Welcome Center.  The series will conclude with a joint Worship Service on Oct 30 at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection and a joint Service Project at IHM on Nov 18.  For a flyer click here.

Reform: A Catholic-Lutheran Conversation

Centering in Ephesians 3:16-21, "Now to God, who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine," explore the many ways that the Holy Spirit continues to work in our lives, congregations, and communities.

Tuesday, October 10, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

St. Susanna Church, Mason with Father Eric Roush, Parochial Vicar at St. Susanna & The Rev. Jonathan Eilert, Pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

Thursday, October 19, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Christ the King Lutheran Church, West Chester with Father Norm Langenbrunner, former Pastor at Sacred Heart & The Rev. Brian Ferguson, Pastor at First Lutheran Church

Saturday, October 21, from 10:00 AM - Noon

St. Maximillian Kolbe Church, Liberty Twp. with Dr. Martin Madar, Professor at Xavier University & The Rev. Lisa Bernheisel, Pastor at The Presbyterian Church of Wyoming

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