Retired NASA Astronaut Dominic Gorie will be the featured speaker at the 36th annual Community Prayer Breakfast sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Homestead/South Dade on Good Friday, April 22.
The breakfast will be take place at 7 a.m. in the Harris Field Pavilion, on South Dixie Highway at Campbell Drive (SW 312 Street).
Gorie is a graduate of Palmetto High School in Miami and he went on to receive his Bachelor of Science degree in ocean engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, and then a Masters of Science degree in aviation systems from the University of Tennessee.
Selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in 1994, Gorie served as a spacecraft communicator in Mission Control for numerous Space Shuttle flights and was chief of the Astronaut Shuttle Branch. A veteran of four space flights, Gorie logged over 47 days in space. He served as pilot aboard Space Shuttles STS-91 in 1998 and STS-99 in 2000, and was the crew commander on STS-108 in 2001 and STS-123 in 2008. Gorie retired last year on June 4.
The Kiwanis Club of Homestead/South Dade has presented the prayer breakfast for 36 years. John Maas is the chairman of the Human and Spiritual Values Committee; he is in his 10th year with the committee. The president of the organization is Sharon Haxton. The Lourdes Singers from Our Lady of Lourdes Academy will perform at the breakfast under the direction of Michelle Garcia.
The prayer breakfast is a non-profit event. Pre-sale tickets are $8 and $10 at the door. Pre-sale tickets will be available at the end of the month from Kiwanis members, The Living Way Bible Book Store, 890 N. Krome Avenue, First National Bank, Community Bank and at John Maas, attorney at law.
For more information, call 247-7132; direct clergy calls to 242-8634.