Local/National Faith Briefs

Buffalo Ridge Chorale to have concert Sunday

The Buffalo Ridge Chorale will present its concert titled “Young at Heart” at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Church of St. John Cantius, Wilno. The program will include students from area high schools who auditioned and were selected as guest soloists. Cost is $8 and children age 14 and under are free.

The chorale comprises 38 members from Clear Lake, Tyler, Brandt, Brookings, Astoria, Toronto, Marshall, Hendricks, White, Canby, Lake Norden, Aurora, Gary, Porter and Ivanhoe. Dr. Anna DeGraff is the director. She teaches voice at Southwest Minnesota State University and at South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D.

This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the SW Minnesota Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Polman takes penultimate step to priesthood for Diocese of New Ulm

Bishop John M. LeVoir will ordain two men to the transitional diaconate Saturday during a 10 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm. The next step for Shawn Polman of Cottonwood and John Hayes of Lafayette will be their ordination to the priesthood tentatively set for 2020.

The men, both 25, have discerned their vocations, taken on pastoral assignments and will complete their seminary studies during the 2019-2020 school year at The Saint Paul Seminary in St. Paul.

Polman’s home parish is Church of St. Mary, Cottonwood. He is the son of Ronald and Jean Polman of Cottonwood and a 2012 graduate of Lakeview Public School. He graduated in 2016 from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.

University of Bridgeport splits from Unification Church

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut university has cut ties with the Unification Church, which saved the school from financial ruin decades ago.

The board of the University of Bridgeport voted unanimously to remove references to the church and its subsidiaries from the school’s bylaws.

The Connecticut Post in a story published Tuesday reported the church has given at least $113 million to the university since 1992.

In exchange, the church approved the majority of trustees, among other provisions.

The relationship was controversial because many considered the church, founded by the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon, to be a cult.

A church official in an email said the organization was proud to have been able to help.

The church hasn’t gifted funds to the school in at least a decade and few church trustees remain.