A Historic Day for Leaders of the Catholic Church and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Historic meeting attendees; from left to right: Jim Gannon, Very Rev. John Cannon, Very Rev. Msgr. Bennett J. Voorhies, Dan Lewis (West Albuquerque Stake President), Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan, Elder Lynn G. Robbins, (Presidency of the Seventy), Elder Romeo Villareal and Cindy Frame. Present at the meeting but not in photo: Keith Mortensen.
On Friday afternoon, March 20th, a historical meeting was held with the Most Reverend Michael J. Sheehan welcoming Elder Lynn G. Robbins to the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. The meeting took place in Archbishop Lamy’s conference room at the Archdiocese’s Catholic Center. Elder Robbins of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) and a member of the Presidency of the Seventy in the LDS Church, was in Albuquerque to meet with local members of the LDS Church. This meeting was of an ecumenical nature and to discuss items of mutual interest between the two Churches. Accompanying Elder Robbins was Elder Villareal from McAllen, TX, Dan Lewis (West Albuquerque LDS Stake President), Keith Mortensen (Coordinating Council for Public Relations) and Cindy Frame. In attendance on behalf of the Archdiocese was Msgr. Bennett J. Voorhies (Director of Ecumenical Affairs) and Fr. John Cannon, also present was Jim Gannon of Catholic Charities.
The meeting was primarily a dialogue between the two leaders on how the Churches, while diverse in beliefs, share areas of mutual concern and could work together to promote the common good of our communities. Topics included discussions on the preservation of marriage and supporting the development of vibrant and healthy families, as well as how the two Churches could jointly and concretely work together to improve the community. In honor of this historical meeting, Cindy Frame (local LDS member) presented a donation on behalf of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to Catholic Charities of $25,000.00. Also presented to the ordained members of the Catholic Church were recordings of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. All in attendance agreed this meeting was a first step in improving the communication between members of the Catholic and LDS communities in the Archdiocese. Local representatives of the two Churches will continue the dialogue.
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