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Air Force veteran to lead National Day of Prayer service

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By Chris LaFortune
Adventist Midwest Health

The Rev. Judith Ann Doran, an ordained Episcopal priest and 30-year veteran of the United States Air Force, will give the keynote address at a community breakfast Thursday, May 1, to celebrate the 63rd annual National Day of Prayer.

The theme of the 2014 National Day of Prayer is "One Voice United in Prayer." The breakfast, sponsored in part by Adventist GlenOaks Hospital for the 15th year, runs from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Glendale Lakes Golf Club, 1550 President St., Glendale Heights.

Tickets are $20 per person, $15 for veterans and active duty military. Seating is limited; RSVP by calling (630) 856-7525, or by visiting

Bruce C. Christian, chief executive officer of Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, said the prayer breakfast is a natural outgrowth of the hospital's faith-based mission.

"This annual event allows us the chance to build unity and encourage prayer by all faiths in America, as well as to reach out to our community partners to extend the healing ministry of Christ," Christian said.

Doran is a graduate of Bexley Hall Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, and was ordained to the Episcopal diaconate in 2005 and the priesthood in 2006. She retired from the Air Force in September 2002 as a chief master sergeant and is a certified interim ministry specialist, serving congregations in their time of transition.

During her military career, she developed curricula for professional military education now used throughout the world. She spent more than 10 years in health care, serving as the senior enlisted health services manager and senior enlisted adviser for a community hospital and a major medical center.

The event's other sponsors include the chambers of commerce of Addison, Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Glendale Heights and Glen Ellyn, and Allegra Marketing/Print/Mail of Glendale Heights.