SCRANTON, PA – Leaders of various Christian churches located throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania gathered in the chapel of the Little Sisters of the Poor’s Holy Family Residence on Thursday, Jan. 23 for a prayer service to celebrate the International Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This special week began on January 18 and ends on the 25th. The service, which was the first of its kind to be held in a healthcare facility, united hymns, scripture readings, and prayer under the theme “Is Christ Divided?”. The following pastors participated in the service: the Rev. Philip A. Altavilla, pastor of St. Peter’s Cathedral, Scranton, and coordinator of Ecumenism and Interfaith Affairs for the Diocese of Scranton; the Rev. Kenneth Goodrich II, pastor, Providence United Presbyterian Church, Scranton; the Rev. David Searing, pastor of St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Scranton; the Rev. Lou Divis, rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Tunkhannock; the Rev. Dave Twiss, Northeast Sectional Presbyter, Penn-Del Ministry Network, Assemblies of God and lead pastor of Green Ridge Assembly of God Church, Scranton; and Msgr. George Demuth and the Rev. Joseph Weber, both in residence at Holy Family Pavilion.
Pictured are the participants of the International Week of Prayer for Christian Unity held at the Little Sisters of the Poor’s Holy Family Residence on Thursday, Jan. 23.
Seated: Sister Joseph, l.s.p.; the Rev. Lou Divis; Msgr. George Demuth; and Mother Maureen, l.s.p.
Standing: the Rev. Philip A. Altavilla; the Rev. Kenneth Goodrich II; the Rev. David Searing; Sister Theresa Louisa, l.s.p.; the Rev. Dave Twiss; and the Rev. Joseph Weber.
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