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

Catholic Communication Campaign Approaching in May

Knights provide aid after Macon tornado

On April 1, 2016 an EF1 tornado at rush hour struck the city of Warner Robins. The city sustained some $14 million in damage along a 4.9 mile track that crossed the most heavily populated part of the city. Ten homes were destroyed and hundreds affected by downed power lines and fallen trees. The adjoining Robins Air Force Base
also sustained damage. Thankfully no injuries or deaths were reported. It was the worst natural disaster to hit the city since the floods of July 1994. 

"Amoris Laetitia": Bishop Hartmayer's view

“While much of the Western secular media focused its coverage on homosexuality and the question of communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, actual topics discussed in the meeting were much broader, with the synod fathers touching on themes such as domestic violence, incest and abuse within families and marriage preparations.
The pope touched on the importance of communication within the family, the challenges of raising children in a technology-saturated world and the witness of virginity.

Catholic Communication Campaign: May 14-15

Last year the generosity of contributors to the Catholic Communication Campaign Collection (CCC) expanded the reach of Catholic communications in South Georgia and around the world.
Here are the highlights:
  • New live stream of services at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is available online and was viewed in homes around Georgia, the United Sates and even Vatican City. Masses and services celebrated at the Cathedral were viewed 6,431 times in its inaugural 4 months.

Island church celebrates 125 years: Excerpts from Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv.'s homily

On the ocassion of the 125th Anniversary of St. Michael, Tybee Island
Over the past 125 years, I wonder how many people were baptized into the faith, and were fed by the Gospel and the Eucharist.
Over the past 125 years, I wonder how many couples have walked down this aisle and left this church as husband and wife in a sacramental marriage.


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