George Dardess, a Catholic deacon from Rochester, will present a program on his study of Islam tonight at St. Mary’s Church in Elmira. The program, “A Catholic Meets Islam: Discovering Social Justice in the ‘Enemy Other,'” is planned for 7 p.m. in the church’s Marian Center building at Fulton and Franklin streets.

Dardess, the chair of Rochester’s Commission on Muslim-Christian Relations and a member of the Muslim Catholic Alliance, has published two books on Muslim-Christian relations. He serves at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Rochester, according to information provided by Kathy Dubel at Catholic Charities of Chemung County.

Dubel also shared a copy of the Muslim Catholic Alliance Agreement of Understanding and Cooperation, signed by the Bishop of Rochester, Matthew H. Clark and Muhammad Shafiq, an imam and the executive director of the Islamic Center of Rochester.

The agreement calls on the Catholic and Muslim communities of New York to respect each other’s traditions, to act together in response to instances of intolerance and to share information about their faiths.

The talk, offered by Catholic Charities’ justice and peace education program, is planned for 7 p.m.


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