The Lourdes University Department of Theological Studies is pleased to present its 2013 Ecumenical Lecture, “Full Communion Relationships: An Ecumenical Way Forward” on Sunday, February 24 at 3 p.m. The lecture, which will take place in the Franciscan Center, will be presented by the Reverend Dr. Marcus Carl Lohrmann, Bishop of The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), Northwest Ohio Synod.

Bishop Lohrmann will address the nature of the full communion relationships that the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has been engaged in with partner churches, most for over a decade. Such agreements make possible mutual worship, sharing of the Lord’s Supper and exchange of pastors, while also recognizing and respecting the differences of the churches. Bishop Lohrmann will reflect on and offer insightful advice on the success of such relationships, the challenges involved, and some of the issues that the ELCA and its full communion partners faced.

The Reverend Dr. Marcus Carl Lohrmann has served as Bishop at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America since 1998, and is currently serving his 3rd 6-year term. He received his Masters of Divinity from Concordia Seminary in Exile and was ordained in 1977 at The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Hazelwood, MO, by the Reverend Dr. Harry Huxhold. He completed his Doctorate in Ministry at Christ Seminary – Seminex. Past appointments include an internship at Our Redeemer of Indianapolis, IN, Reverend at Lutheran Church of Good Shepherd of St. Louis, MO, St. John in Hicksville, OH, and Olivet Lutheran Church in Sylvania, where he remains a member.

The Lourdes University Ecumenical Lecture Series was established in 1983 by former Lourdes Presidents Sr. Marie Andrée Chorzempa, OSF, and Sr. Ann Francis Klimkowski, OSF, who wanted to foster an ecumenical atmosphere.

Offered in cooperation with Toledo Area Ministries and the Diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Commission.

Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sr. Shannon Schrein, OSF, Ph.D., Chair of Theological Studies, at 419-824-3819 or email sschrein@lourdes.edu.