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Clergymen featured in lecture series

October 11, 2012
From staff reports , Weirton Daily Times

STEUBENVILLE - Two local clergymen will be featured in an evening of conversation at the next installment in the Rose DeFede Lecture Series sponsored by the Academy of Lifelong Learning.

The event, free and open to the public, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Seminar Room of the St. Joseph Center on the campus of Franciscan University of Steubenville.

The speakers will be the Rev. Richard Davis, TOR, vice president of community relations at Franciscan University of Steubenville, and the Rev. Edward Rudiger of Cove Presbyterian Church in Weirton.

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Davis, who has served in the Steubenville community for 20 years, earned a bachelor of arts degree in history and a master of divinity degree from St. Francis Seminary and a master of arts degree in religious education from LaSalle University in Philadelphia. He is vicar provincial of the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and minister of Holy Spirit Friary at Franciscan University. He has been a member of the Steubenville Rotary Club for 10 years and is a Paul Harris Fellow.

Rudiger has served in the Weirton community for five years, after earlier pastorates in Indiana and Montana. He has earned a master of business administration degree and doctorate of ministry degree in studies at Old Dominion University, Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education.

The Academy of Lifelong Learning, which is an affiliate of the Franciscan University of Steubenville, established the lecture series in memory of Rose DeFede, a founder and mentor of the Academy since its inception in 1999. Patricia Fletcher serves as chairman.

The presentation by the clergy will be followed with a social hour overseen by Janet Saner.

Eunice Lincoff heads the Academy of approximately 125 area senior citizens pursuing a variety of educational classes and activities.

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