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Successful World Day of Prayer in Fox Chapel focused on Suriname

Tawnya Panizzi
| Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 11:51 a.m.
Suriname native, lawyer and human rights activist Lilian Goncalves (left) was the keynote speaker at the World Day of Prayer on March 2 at Christ Church Fox Chapel.  Event Chair, Elizabeth Hobbs (center), with Kathy Hays, wife of the former U.S. Ambassador to Suriname Dennis Hays.
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Suriname native, lawyer and human rights activist Lilian Goncalves (left) was the keynote speaker at the World Day of Prayer on March 2 at Christ Church Fox Chapel. Event Chair, Elizabeth Hobbs (center), with Kathy Hays, wife of the former U.S. Ambassador to Suriname Dennis Hays.
Choir members at the annaul World Day of Prayer, March 2 at Christ Church Fox Chapel.
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Choir members at the annaul World Day of Prayer, March 2 at Christ Church Fox Chapel.
Lilian Goncalves in the sanctuary at Christ Church Fox Chapel preparing to speak at World Day of Prayer.
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Lilian Goncalves in the sanctuary at Christ Church Fox Chapel preparing to speak at World Day of Prayer.
Suriname‘s World Day of Prayer writing group.
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Suriname‘s World Day of Prayer writing group.

Suriname native, lawyer and human rights activist Lilian Goncalves was the keynote speaker at the World Day of Prayer on March 2 at Christ Church Fox Chapel.

The event drew more than 100 from across the region for the ecumenical service which aimed to educate participants on the people and environmental challenges of the South American country of Suriname. The service was followed by a lunch featuring Surinamese food.

“The event and luncheon were a great success,” volunteer Karen Sartin Slevin said.

Goncalves was joined by Fox Chapel resident Elizabeth Hobbs and Kathy Hays, the wife of the former U.S. ambassador to Suriname, Dennis Hays, during her presentation. Hobbs lived in Suriname for two years.

World Day of Prayer supports missionary work across the globe. In the Fox Chapel area, 15 churches alternate hosting the event, which is celebrated in more than 170 countries. The national committee each year selects a country for special recognition.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for the Tribune-Review. Reach her at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, tpanizzi@tribweb.com or @tawnyatrib.

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