Government & Politics

Prayer Breakfast To Honor Mayor Rogers

1The Milford Center will be hosting the 31st Annual Community Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, March 29 at 7:30am in the Crystal Room. A traditional for over 30 years, the ceremony will honor Milford’s Mayor Josepdh “Ronnie” Rogers, a man who has presided over the event as Mayor for the three decades it has been held in Milford.

The Prayer Breakfast Movement began in 1934 by a Norwegian immigrant by the name of Abraham Vereide, in the city of Seattle as he became burdened in is heart for the leadership of the city and its people. This burden he described was a result of a dwindling “church influence and a leadership by people fit to lead” and Vereide desired to bring the city together under God.

According to Vereide, who was a Methodist minister, God spoke to him one morning about a simple plan that was based on the scripture John 21: 9-13 which describes Jesus’ breakfast on the shores of the Sea of Galilee with his disciples. The vision continued from 1935 with the first prayer breakfast he shared with 19 men until his death at the age of 82 in 1969. After his life, the prayer breakfast movement continued to spread and is now celebrated around the world on every continent, with the aspiration to encompass government, business, education and all citizenry with the desire to deepen the moral fiber of the people through the leadership of God. The Milford Mayoral’s Prayer Breakfast is an extension of this worldwide movement.

At this year’s event, Rev. Paul Isaacs of Calvary United Methodist Church will be the keynote speaker honoring Mayor Joseph “Ronnie” Rogers, a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church in Milford. Mayor Rogers, who graduated from Milford High School in 1956, was first elected to city government in 1972 as a councilman representing the First Ward. Mayor Rogers was first elected to lead the city in 1982, a position he held until 2008 when he was defeated by Daniel Marabello by only seven votes. Mr. Marabello served two years as mayor when Mayor Rogers was reelected in 2010. Prior to losing the election in 2008, Mayor Rogers was the longest serving mayor in the state of Delaware.

The Milford Senior Center is planning a spiritually uplifting program on Saturday, March 29. Monies raised at the breakfast will benefit the Milford Senior Center, which is a multi-purpose senior center that has offered services and activities to enhance the dignity, independence and promote the community involvement of its members for over 40 years.

The ticket costs for individuals is $15 and can be purchased by mail or in person at the Milford Senior Center, located at 111 Park Avenue in downtown Milford. Deadline for purchasing tickets will be Tuesday, March 25. For more information, individuals are encouraged to contact Heather at 302-422-3385 or email at

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