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The annual Bismarck Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon, will be held May 13, 2010, at 12:00 Noon until 1:00 p.m. The Bismarck Law Enforcement Chaplaincy will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year and the program will include Senior Chaplain Dan Sweeney, who will deliver the keynote address. The event will take place at the Ramkota Inn, 800 South Third Street, Bismarck. Reserved table sponsorships are $500 for a table of eight, $250 for a table of four. Individual seats may be reserved and are $20 each. Reservations must be made in advance by 5:00 p.m., May 10, 2010. For information about sponsorship and to reserve an individual seat, contact Dan Sweeney at 701-355-1889. Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the Bismarck Law Enforcement Chaplaincy program.
The Chaplaincy was founded in 1980 by Rev. George Walker. Chaplain Walker served until his untimely death in 1999. In its infancy the Chaplaincy served only the Bismarck Police Department. Soon, however, the Burleigh County Sheriff became involved with the program. Over the years the Chaplaincy has grown to serve also the Bismarck Fire Department, the N.D. State Highway Patrol, the Bismarck/Burleigh County Emergency Management and Combined Communications Center. The Chaplaincy is also instrumental in training chaplains around the state to serve their own emergency services departments.
Today the Chaplaincy is headed by Senior Chaplain Dan Sweeney and there are seven volunteer chaplains who give of their time in serving our agencies. Chaplain Les Wolfgram, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Chaplain Sam Saylor, Gateway Community Fellowship. Wolfgram and Saylor have served since 1999. Sister Agnes also serves as a parish worker for Cathedral of the Holy Spirit; Chaplain Lonnie Grabowska is from Corpus Christi parish and is studying to be a deacon. Chaplain Nathan Keith is an associated pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church. Chaplain Cecil Stanton is from the Faith Center at 2303 E. Divide. Chaplain Terry Kern of the First Evangelical Free Church has been with the Chaplaincy program for over 20 years. For more information about the Bismarck Law Enforcement Chaplaincy www.chaplainsnd.org