Faith Briefs for May 17

Loss of a Spouse seminar May 22

Grieving the death of a spouse? Or know someone who is? In the “Loss of a Spouse” event, you will learn what to expect in the weeks and months after your spouse’s death, and how to survive the lonliness. The seminar will be from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, at Holy Redeemer Church in Marshall. For questions, call 507-532-5711.

CDA awards scholarship

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas local Court St. Joan of Arc #1291 has awarded a senior scholarship of $1,000 to Mary Lanoue of Marshall. She plans to major in agriculture communications and marketing. She will pursue her studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities this upcoming school year.

Sculpture of the late Rev. Billy Graham unveiled at US Capitol

(AP) — A bronze sculpture of the late Rev. Billy Graham, the prolific evangelist also known as “America’s Pastor,” was unveiled at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday.

Graham’s likeness, depicting the Charlotte-born minister with his archetypal gesture toward an open Bible in his hand, was revealed inside National Statuary Hall during a gathering attended by House Speaker Mike Johnson, Gov. Roy Cooper, former Vice President Mike Pence, state congressional and legislative members and Graham’s family.

The 7-foot (2.13-meter) tall statue is one of two that North Carolina and each state get to place on display inside the hall or elsewhere in the Capitol to honor notables in their history. The process for Graham’s statue to replace one of North Carolina’s began nine years ago.

“Billy Graham finally takes his rightful place on these hallowed grounds of American democracy,” Johnson, R-La., said at the dedication ceremony. As with other speakers, Johnson recalled the personal importance that Graham’s ministry of preaching the Christian gospel had on them and their families: “Billy Graham is such a towering figure in my life, and as he is in all of our lives.”

Graham, who lived most of his adult life in the mountain community of Montreat, died in 2018 at age 99. Graham was the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, preaching in person to nearly 215 million people worldwide, according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.


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