On the Feast of the Epiphany, which celebrates the spiritual meaning of the birth of Jesus for the Christian community, we will be joined by Imam Mohamad Bashar Arafat, who will bring the greetings and prayers of the Maryland Muslim community for our community as we mark the conclusion of our Christmas celebration.
Imam Bashar will join us for the 11:30 Mass and will speak at a reception after Mass on the esteem and respect that Islam and the Q'uaran have for Jesus and his mother Mary. This occasion will be a wonderful opportunity to learn more about this and to continue to building better understanding between our religious communities.
Imam Bashar is president of The Civilizations Exchange and Cooperation Foundation, and Fr. Bill has personally worked with him for the past decade in interfaith dialog programs held both in the USA for nearly thirty years and is a US citizen. He has devoted his life to building interfaith relationships to empower our religious communities to work together to build