Join us this Sunday, Nov. 6, for a joint Lutheran/Catholic prayer service at 4 p.m. at St. Ambrose Cathedral. The service kicks off the year leading up to the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which began with Martin Luther nailing his "95 Theses" to a church door on Oct. 31, 1517.
Bishop Richard Pates will be joined by Lutheran Bishop Michael Burk, ELCA. Keynote speaker is Kathryn Johnson, director of ecumenical and inter-religious relations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She will have just returned from a similar prayer service with Pope Francis in Lund, Sweden.
Locally, Catholics and Lutherans have gathered annually most years since St. John Paul II visited Iowa. There are a great number of similarities in the two faith traditions, says Father John Ludwig.
"We have the same sense of sacrament, a sense of spirituality and liturgy," he said.