Originally created 05/26/01

Faith digest



Baccalaureate services

The power to dream will be Dr. Alice Rogers' topic when she addresses graduating seniors from Columbia County at First Baptist Church, 3500 Walton Way, at 3 p.m. Sunday.

"God gives us power to dream and to fulfill those dreams," said Dr. Rogers, pastor of Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

North Augusta High School graduates will hold their baccalaureate at First Baptist Church, 602 Georgia Ave. in North Augusta, at 7 p.m. Sunday.

And Richmond County graduates will gather for their service at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 601 Seventh St., at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 3.

Members honored

Esther Ghitter, 96, and Beady Kaplan, 90, were presented with red rose corsages Tuesday during the annual Adas Yeshurun synagogue sisterhood donor dinner.

It was the first time the 50-member sisterhood, sponsor of the event, had honored its older members in that way, said Rhonda Graybeal, president.

Revival to be held

Souls Harbor Apostolic Center in Hephzibah will hold a community revival at Willis Foreman Elementary School, 2413 Willis Foreman Road in Hephzibah, to mark Pentecost, the birthday of the church.

Pentecost is Sunday, June 3.

Various choirs will be on hand for services at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 2. The revival will resume at 10:30 a.m. June 3.

Sainthood inquiry

CALCUTTA, India - An inquiry to gather evidence for declaring Mother Teresa a saint will be completed within three months, an archbishop said Tuesday.

The Most Rev. Henry D'Souza, archbishop of Calcutta, said he would preside over the closing session of the inquiry on Aug. 15.

After receiving all the evidence, the Vatican normally takes two or three years to decide on canonization, Archbishop D'Souza said. "But for Mother Teresa, the Vatican may take less time."

Mother Teresa, who was hailed during her decades of service in the slums of India as a "living saint," died in 1997 in Calcutta, the capital of West Bengal state, at age 87.

Pope John Paul II waived the customary five-year waiting period to start the process that leads to sainthood.

Gathering proof within dioceses about Mother Teresa is a first step toward beatification, which requires confirmation of a miracle. Sainthood requires certification of another miracle.

A patient in Raiganj in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal claimed that a tumor disappeared after blessings were received from Mother Teresa.

In another case, a French woman in the United States who broke several ribs in a car accident reportedly healed when she wore a Mother Teresa medallion around her neck. A Palestinian girl suffering from cancer says she was cured after Mother Teresa appeared in her dreams and said, "Child, you are cured."