The Diocese of Des Moines
Prayer for Christian Unity
January 21, 2012
Written By: Kyle Lechtenberg

 See the press release below; worship aid for the service here

For Immediate Release


Date:      January 20, 2012        

ContactAnne Marie Cox (515) 237-5057




Join ecumenical prayer service Sunday


In commemoration the 104th Annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, and in conjunction with a unique photography exhibit by Jim Zeller: "Christ is Among Us: The Churches of Des Moines," you are invited to join Bishop Richard Pates and other Christian leaders in common prayer.

The religious leaders who have indicated they will join Bishop Pates in leading the service are, in alphabetical order: Father Basil Hickman of the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George; the Reverend Jean McCarthy, Ecumenical and Interreligious Officer of the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa; the Reverend Chris Olkiewicz of Windsor Heights Lutheran Church, the Reverend Sarai Rice of the Des Moines Area Religious Council; the Reverend David  Sickella of the Urbandale United Church of Christ; and the Reverend Tom Webster of Wakonda Christian Church.

The service will be held this Sunday, January 22, at 4 p.m. at the Catholic Pastoral Center, 601 Grand Ave., Des Moines. Mr. Zeller's exhibit opening celebration at the Pastoral Center will be the same day, from 2-6 p.m, and the exhibit will be open for viewing Mondays-Fridays from January 18-February 8, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Organizers have worked with the Des Moines Area Religious Council to select the order of service developed jointly by the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity. 

More information about this service can be found at this web address:


The Diocese of Des Moines includes 81 parishes in 23 counties in central and southwest Iowa.

Anne Marie Cox

Office of Communications

Diocese of Des Moines

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