Members of Our Lady Queen of the Americas Catholic church will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ordination of their pastor, the Rev. Jose I. Somoza, at 6 p.m. Feb. 23 in the church, 2200 California St. NW.
The celebration will focus on the life of the National Spanish Parish, the only parish of its kind in the District. There also will be a discussion on the scarcity of priests in the United States and on vocations among Hispanics in the metropolitan area.
Somoza has been pastor of Our Lady since 1986 and is the first pastor of the National Spanish Parish. He is a member of the Franciscan order of priests and is a native of Cuba.
Worship Service Added
Starting tomorrow, Calvary United Methodist Church in Annapolis is adding a second worship service to its Sunday schedule.
The church, at 301 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis, will begin its first service and Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and the second worship service at 11:00 a.m.
Sunday school classes are available to all age groups. Nursery facilities are available at both services. Call 301-268-1776 for information.
Black History Recital
Music by African and African American composers will be featured at an organ recital in honor of Black History Month at 5 p.m. tomorrow at Washington Cathedral.
Eugene Hancock, former organist and choir master of West End Presbyterian Church in New York City, will perform works by Nigerian composers Fela Sowande and P. Ayeola Bankole. Hancock also will present the work of African American composer Mark Fax, who was a faculty member at Howard University.
The recital also will highlight gospel compositions, such as the traditional spiritual "Go Down Moses," "We Our Heavenly Father's Children" and "The Lord Will Make a Way" from "Three Meditations in a Gospel Idiom."
The recital is free. Call 202-537-6200 for information.
Gulf Crisis Seminar
The Public Affairs Sector Ministry of the Luther Institute will present a seminar on "The Islamic Perspective on the Middle East Crisis" at 6 p.m. Tuesday at The Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol St. NE.
Sayyid M. Syeed, director of the International Institute of Islamic Thought and director of Academic Outreach for the American Journal of Islamic Social Services, will speak on the theme "Toward a Resolution of the Middle East Crisis."
The seminar is free. A dinner will follow the presentation, at a cost. For more information, call 202-547-5504.
The 100-voice Morman Choir will present a musical concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in the chapel of the Seneca Stake Center, Route 29 and St. John's Lane in Ellicott City.
The choir will present a program of musical selections divided into four parts. The first section will consist of "Songs of Faith," with selections by Bach and Ralph Vaughn Williams, among others. "Frostiana," a group of poems by Robert Frost, will be set to music by Randall Thompson in the second section of the program. The music of Aaron Copland will be featured in a tribute to American songs. "The Songs of Broadway" will feature the music of Irving Berlin and Lee Greenwood.
The concert is free. For more information, call 301-942-0103.