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Sharing the Good News

What’s going on at your parish this summer? Things are busy this week at Saint Anne Catholic Church in Columbus. We are hosting Vacation Bible School, welcoming a new priest, and having a Yard Sale to benefit Saint Anne-Pacelli Catholic School. Each of these “events” is cause for celebration, and every event — just like every person—has a story that deserves to be told. 

A Dream Come True in Georgia

June 2016 Clergy Announcements

Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv., Bishop of the Diocese of Savannah, has announced the following appointments: 
Pastors And Parochial Vicars:


Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer OFM Conv.,'s Homily at the Dedication of St. Anthony of Padua, Ray City May 21

Statue of Mother McAuley to be erected

St. Vincent's Academy recognizes 2016 McAuley Medal Recipients

Religious Sisters of Mercy Gilmary O’Hayer and Mary Jogues Smith graduated from St. Vincent’s Academy (SVA) 55 and 63 years ago, respectively. 
Yet, the paths they traveled since and the navigational cues they followed along the way never took them far from their alma mater or its founder, Mother Catherine McAuley—leading to their selection as recipients of the 2016 McAuley Medal.

Announcement Concerning Access of Sacramental Records

The Catholic Bishop of Savannah, Most Rev. Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv., has issued a new policy regarding ownership and access to Sacramental Records of the Diocese of Savannah. The policy establishes the Diocese of Savannah as owner and custodian of these records. It also clarifies the difference between active and inactive sacramental registers, stating that active ones record sacraments that are thirty five years (35) or younger. Active registers will continue to be updated with notations, as participating individuals are alive and continue to receive sacraments.

Physical education teacher celebrates 25 years of service

Catholic schools have always been known for their superb faculty and staff, but at St. Anne-Pacelli Catholic School in Columbus, there is one teacher who goes above and beyond what it means to be dedicated. After 25 years of service, she has touched the lives of approximately 10,000 students. First hired in 1992, Jean Doblin is the epitome of what all teachers should strive to be.

New Permanent Diaconate formation clas

The Office of the Permanent Diaconate is accepting applications for the next diaconate formation class, scheduled to begin in fall of 2017. Applications will be accepted until September 30, 2016.
Information meetings for those interested in applying for the permanent diaconate will be held throughout the diocese in the month of June. The schedule for these meetings is as follows:
  • June 15, –St. Teresa of Avila, Grovetown
  • June 16, –St. Matthew, Statesboro
  • June 20, –St. Teresa, Albany


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