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The Seven Last Words of Christ presented by the Dudley Birder Chorale

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From St. Norbert College, March 14, 2012
by Mike Counter,, (920) 403-3089

The Dudley Birder Chorale will present a special Ecumenical Lenten program on Palm Sunday, April 1, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the St. Norbert Abbey Church.
The Seven Last Words of Christ, Theodore Dubois' sacred cantata, relates to the events surrounding the last words spoken by Jesus on the cross. The performances will be conducted by Dudley Birder, with Jeffrey Verkuilen accompanying at the Abbey Casavant organ. Soloists will be chorale members: Lee Anne Scovell and Elizabeth Zitny, sopranos; Michael Barber and Tim Olejniczak, tenors; and Kent Paulsen and Chad Lemerande, baritones.

Members of the local clergy will deliver brief reflections between each of the Seven Words of Christ. Participating in the 3 p.m. program will be the Most Rev. David Ricken, bishop of Green Bay, the Most Rev. Robert Morneau, auxiliary bishop and pastor of Resurrection Church, the Rev. Marion Boyle, pastor of West Side Moravian Church, the Rev. John Girotti, pastor of St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, the Rev. Tim Shillcox, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, the Rev. Andy Cribben, pastor of St. Willebrord's Catholic Church, and the the Rev. Eric Mills, Rector of St. Anne Episcopal Church.

The 7 p.m. program will feature Larry Lange, senior pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, the Rev. David Kalas, senior pastor of First United Methodist Church, the Rev. Amy Engebose, pastor of Bethel Lutheran Church, the Rev. Paul Demuth, pastor of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, the Rev. Dr. Charles Mize, senior minister of Union Congregational United Church of Christ, Ray Larson, interim pastor of First United Presbyterian Church, and Ms. Kate Wolff, pastoral intern of Calvary Lutheran Church.

Tickets are $14. Advance purchase is recommended; cash and check only accepted at the door. Tickets are available online at or at the St. Norbert College Box Office at 920-403-3950, 1-800-762-2699. The event is open to the public.

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