- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 20, 2006

Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl yesterday dedicated the opening of the Church of the Resurrection’s Parish Life Center with a plea for cultures across the region and the world to join in peace.

“We come together as a family,” the Roman Catholic archbishop of Washington said at the church, south of Burtonsville. “We are a spiritual family, but we are a real family. … This is a manifestation of peace. Remind yourself every time you enter that peace is possible if you are willing to work for it.”

Archbishop Wuerl was joined by the parish pastor, the Rev. Robert F. Keffer, and retired priest the Rev. Charles E. Brown.

The ceremony also included a parishioner reading from Pope Benedict XVI’s pronouncement in January that “peace is an irrepressible yearning present in the heart of each person, regardless of his or her particular cultural identity.”

A white post with painted words of peace in eight languages also was dedicated.

Sister Rita Ricker said the languages represented the cultures of the 1,800 families belonging to the church. The languages included English, Creole, Spanish, Vietnamese, Ibo from Africa and native Indian Algonquian.

Sister Ricker also said the pole is part of the Peace Pole Project started by World Peace Prayer Society. She said there are hundreds of these poles on mountain peaks and in communities around the world.

The center, on which construction began in October, has meeting rooms and classrooms, an office wing, a youth center and a courtyard.

Plans are being made to add a gymnasium, a choir room and baby-sitting facilities for the church, on the corner of Greencastle Road and Columbia Pike.

About 200 adults and children from various cultures attended the midafternoon dedication. Many were dressed in colorful hats, dresses and long black robes.

In 1980, the Rev. Monsignor Jack F. McFarlane recommended building the church to serve the growing Catholic population in western Montgomery County. In the early years of the parish, church members met for Sunday Mass in Paint Branch High School, Liberty Grove United Methodist Church and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. They got their own church building Nov. 12, 1989.

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