PORTLAND

Diocese will ordain deacon to priesthood this morning

Deacon John “Jack” Dickinson of South Berwick will be ordained to the priesthood at 10 a.m. today at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Bishop Richard Malone will perform the ceremony.

Dickinson, 26, attended Theological College of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of Marshwood High School in South Berwick and Providence, R.I., College.

Last summer, Dickinson served as a transitional deacon at the cathedral. His initial assignment as a priest will be announced during today’s celebration.

This is the only priestly ordination for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland this year.

TOPEKA, Kan.

Kansas joins states’ appeal of highway crosses ruling

Kansas has joined 19 other states in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a dispute over crosses along Utah highways honoring state troopers who died while on duty.

An atheist group sued over the crosses in 2005 and a federal appeals court ruled in the group’s favor, concluding the crosses were an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion. Utah then appealed.

WOODSTOCK, Ga.

Graduations will be held at church, despite concern

Cherokee County high schools will hold graduation ceremonies at the First Baptist Church of Woodstock this weekend despite complaints about using a religious venue for the events.

The 7,500-seat church charges about $2,000 per graduation for the five schools, and the school system has used it since 2005.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State expressed concern over the use of the church. The school board voted in January to go ahead with graduations there.