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Bishop Hartmayer visits Nigeria

Bishop Hartmayer ordained 17 men to the priesthood in Gboko, Benue State, Nigeria on July 6 in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.

Bishop Hartmayer said the purpose of his trip was two-fold:

Fun, fellowship and faith at vocations camp for teens

About 70 girls and 60 boys from across south Georgia attended two camps in late June, sponsored by the Diocese of Savannah’s Vocations Office. The three-night/four-day sessions at St. Mary’s Home in Savannah were packed with traditional camp outdoor games and skits, as well as Mass, reconciliation, adoration, and devotional talks.

New principal appointed to Aquinas High School

By Meg Mirshak
Maureen Grady Lewis was named the new principal of Aquinas High School April 27.

Lewis, a 1984 Aquinas graduate, will begin the position July 1. Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer and Sister Rose Mary Collins, superintendent of schools, made the public announcement at the school filling the position vacant since last summer.

Priest Assignments 2013

Close to 25% of priests in the Diocese of Savannah are being reassigned this June. This major shift in parish personnel was precipitated by the retirement of the rector of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. According to Bishop Hartmayer, “The retirement of the rector basically started a domino effect” through the rest of the dioceses’ 79 parishes and missions.

St. Peter’s Sixth Graders Learn and Live Faith with Wishing for Wells Fundraiser

A class project for the sixth grade at St. Peter the Apostle School, Savannah, will soon provide water for about 500 people in Tigray, Ethiopia.  In November, the class launched Wishing for Wells, a fundraiser with a goal of $10,000 on behalf of Charity: Water, “a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries.”  The students’ fundraising deadline was March 31, Easter Sunday.

The students’ first task

2012 Vocations Essay Contest Winners

The Vocations Essay contest,  sponsored by the Serra Club of Savannah and the Southern Cross, saw 175 entries from across the diocese this year. The question posed to 7th grade students throughout the Diocese of Savannah was, “Jesus called the 12 to leave their lives behind and follow him to become fishers of men.

Tilting At Windmills - A commentary on the life amendment

In Miguel de Cervantes’ masterpiece, “Don Quixote,” the title character famously attacks some windmills, which he mistakes for “ferocious giants”: “Just then they came in sight of thirty or forty windmills that rise from that plain.

Catholics celebrate liberty at Mass in Forsyth Park, Savannah

More than 1,500 Catholics from all over south Georgia came together as church in Savannah’s Forsyth Park for a Mass celebrating religious liberty in the USA.

Many of those in attendance began their day early to find a nearby parking spot and place to sit. One couple, Randy Yon and his wife Joy, left Waycross at 5:30 am to attend the Mass. Yon heard about the Mass about a month ago and made plans to attend. He said about 12 to 15 fellow parishioners travelled from St. Joseph Church for the Faith and Freedom Mass.

“It was an historic Mass,” said Yon. “The music was fantastic and it was important to hold the Mass in public so non-Catholics could witness how we celebrate our faith,”  he said.

Bishop Hartmayer addresses religious liberty, encourages witness in letter

May 25, 2012

My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Earlier this year, I wrote you to express my deep concerns about a grave moral matter – one that I perceive to be a direct threat to our constitutional freedom to exercise our religion and religious conscience without governmental interference.