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Gartland Awards Bios

Leona Abood
St. John the Evangelist, Valdosta

Pastor’s Note: Leona was one of the first students to attend St. John School when it was opened many years ago. Leona is known in the community for her tireless efforts in recruiting students to the school throughout the city. She is a devoted woman of faith - a true example of “a good and faithful servant” - to her St. John’s family.

Jorge Aponte
St. Stephen First Martyr, Hinesville

Pastor’s Note: I recognized Jorge as a leader and he has not disappointed. He is our Hispanic Coordinator for Sacramental and Eucharistic Life and Hispanic Liaison on our parish council. He and his wife are always present at parish functions and always lends a hand when needed. He is most deserving of this award.

Pattie Beblowski
St. Matthew, Statesboro

Pastor’s Note: Pattie serves as a Eucharistic Minister and parish council representative. She has worked with Feeding Statesboro for many years to take care of those in poverty in our community. She also coordinates our Backpack Buddies Program to provide weekend meals to local school children. She is always smiling and giving of her time and energy to assist the parish and community! She truly is the face of Christ to everyone she meets, no matter their worldly status.

Naomi Berliner
Our Lady of Lourdes, Port Wentworth

Pastor’s Note: For over fifty years, Our Lady of Lourdes has been able to count on Naomi Berliner to help in any possible way. She is constantly available to serve. As head of Christian Service, she coordinates our ministry to the sick and the homebound, visiting several parishioners every week. She is a longtime Eucharistic Minister and also organizes parish luncheons after funerals. For years, she volunteered to take the Eucharist to our parishioners in Memorial Hospital in Savannah.

Brenda Boutin
St. Frances Cabrini, Savannah

Pastor’s Note: There is no job description that covers all of the roles Brenda plays on any day in her position as Business Manager at St. Frances Cabrini. She does and has “done it all” during her 22 years as a member of Cabrini. The attribute that most stands out in any encounter with Brenda is that every person is treated as special, as if no one’s need is more important at that moment.

Jacquelyn Brayboy Stephens
Sacred Heart, Savannah

Pastor’s Note: Jackie joined Sacred Heart in 1986. She has touched many people throughout the parish. She is very valuable as a parish volunteer because of her commitment, sense of presence, and the joy that she brings to everyone and everything.

Linda Broderick
St. James the Less, Savannah

Pastor’s Note: Linda has been such an active and contributing member for many years. She served as CCW president and in many other offices such as Mother’s Morning Out, Home and School, parish council, and Eucharistic minister. She is a very positive and community building type of person who has always been ready to lend a hand for many projects at the church and school.

Carlton “Mac” Burgess
St. Francis Xavier, Brunswick

Pastor’s Note: Mac has been a member of SFX from birth, a total of 73 years. He has spent 30 years as a Knight of Columbus and is currently a 4th Degree Knight who received the Knight of the Year Award in 2012. He has been an usher for several years and has also been a money counter for the church for almost 20 years. Mac has been very generous in his service to SFX. We are blessed to have volunteers like him who serve the church so faithfully.

Johnie Campbell
St. Rose of Lima, Baxley

Pastor’s Note: Johnie has exhibited outstanding service in all areas of the Church, especially expertise in matters of maintenance and building. St. Rose is very blessed to have him as a member. His commitment to the Church is a great example for all of us.

Miguel & Sabina Cervantes
St. Juliana, Fort Valley

Pastor’s Note: Miguel and Sabina volunteer as leaders of our Pre-Matrimonial classes and assist in the liturgy. Since childhood, they have served the Catholic Church with a great amount of love and faith. They participate in the organization of Juan XXIII and Renovacion Conyugal (program for married couples in the Catholic Church). They are always ready to help plan and implement various parish functions, often working right alongside my staff and me. Their time and talents have greatly contributed to the success of our various Hispanic Ministry programs.

Mary-Louise Clements
St. William, Fitzgerald

Pastor’s Note: Mary-Louise has served in several ministries over the years. She served and is still serving in these ministries: Eucharistic minister, lector, VIRTUS facilitator, catechist, parish council and parish social chairperson. She has always stepped up and given of her time and talent. She has strong faith and is an example in her everyday life. St. William has truly benefited from her caring spirit and devotion.

Victor Clover
Our Lady of Lourdes, Columbus

Pastor’s Note: Victor is a lifetime member of Our Lady of Lourdes. He attended the school from kindergarten until eighth grade. His children are following in his footsteps to altar serve during Sunday Mass. While his children attended school, he served on the school board and set up and maintained the computer lab until the school closed. He is currently the president of Men of Lourdes and oversees in planning upcoming projects to maintain the church and school campus. He is also a lector for the Sunday Mass. He is a valuable member of our church and we are happy to have him.

Linda Cook
St. Mary on the Hill, Augusta

Pastor’s Note: Linda is a former school teacher and mother of 4; past-president of PTO at Aquinas High School; past-president of PCCW; Eucharistic minister; substitute teacher at St. Mary’s School; coordinator of parish Communion visitation team; tutor for students at St. Mary’s School; Daily Mass attendee; weekly adorer in parish Perpetual Adoration; member of Equestrian Order of the Holy Seplulchre; and member of parish consolation ministry.

Paula Cunningham
St. Matthew, Statesboro

Pastor’s Note: Paula has been an active member of our prayer group and has served on both the Parish Council and Outreach Committee. She coordinates the Soup Kitchen, volunteers with ACTS (which assists the poor with utility bills, rent, etc.) and heads up our Relay for Life team. Paula is also involved with the local ecumenical efforts to set up a Homeless Shelter in Bulloch County. Paula’s generous spirit and drive have been a great help to me as Pastor as we foster a spirit of ecumenical outreach in our community.

Cynthia Cyr
Blessed Sacrament, Savannah

Pastor’s Note: Cynthia is always eager to drop everything and help wherever she is needed. She has served as President of Parish Council - twice, President of Blessed Sacrament Home and School, presently she is a Cantor and active choir member. She is a member of our Stewardship Committee and she is part of our RCIA team and is an office volunteer.

Edward Davis
Resurrection of Our Lord, Savannah

Pastor’s Note: Eddie is a life long member of the parish. Throughout the years, he has been involved in many parish ministries and activities like an altar server and the youth group. Eddie is to be commended for sharing his musical talents with the parish as percussionist for the Voices of Resurrection. He has held this non- salary position for many years. He is a faithful steward. He is present at Mass each Sunday and also plays at funerals and other liturgical celebrations. The beat from the drums are a welcome sound each Sunday. The parish is happy to nominate Eddie for this award.

Drs. Brett Murphy Dawson & Gary Dawson
St. Benedict the Moor, Columbus

Pastor’s Note: They are a wonderful couple that live their marriage with deep commitment, infectious joy and solid faith. Dr. Gary Dawson is a man of service to people. He is a busy physician and has a young family, yet he still finds time to make himself available to serve his parish family. Everything I say here about Dr. Gary I equally say about his wife, Dr. Brett Murphy-Dawson. Their generosity is quite outstanding in our parish and their family is exemplary and an inspiration to all. I am happy and proud to nominate them to represent our parish.

Lil DeLoach
St. Jude, Glennville

Pastor’s Note: Because of Mrs. DeLoach, our Faith Formation program has been able to progress forward each year. For this, I am truly grateful.

David Dukes
St. Joseph, Augusta

Pastor’s Note: David has served in many capacities over the years including; being an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, a member of the cleaning ministry, prayer chain ministry, Elijah Cup ministry, soup kitchen ministry, and as an usher. David has always had a conviction to serve wherever and whenever help is needed. He goes about his service in a quiet and unassuming way, but always gets the job done well. David’s sharing of his time, talents and treasure shows that he is a faithful steward of God’s gifts and a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

Elroy Duran
St. Raymond, Alma

Pastor’s Note: Elroy is well respected and appreciated in our church community. He is our stewarship coordinator and ground maintenance helper. He is a good example of hard work and dedication and is well respected and appreciated in our church community.

Kathleen Bergen Durham
Saint Williams, St. Simons Island

Linda G. Edwards-Hanna
St. Peter Claver, Macon

Pastor’s Note: Linda is a longtime parishioner of St. Peter Claver. In quiet and gentle ways, she has borne witness to the Catholic faith through her faithful presence at Mass. She has been active in the life of the parish through her work with the English CCD and has brought her wealth of experience as a teacher to bear on her service on our parish school board. Linda is a true example of Christian faith and service to our parish community.

Amy Elkins
Christ the King, Pine Mountain

Pastor’s Note: Amy is a mother, teacher, and coach of several teams at the middle school. She is also a member of the parish council, director of religious education of the parish and one of the organizers and leaders of our teen group. As director of religious education, she has developed an excellent education program and has shown great leadership of the parish’s youth and teen groups.

Oralia Lala Escalante
St. Rose of Lima, Baxley

Pastor’s Note: Lala is a good example of a modern Christian. She is a committed wife and mother. Her work is well known and respected in our Church Community.

Betty & Mike Fischer
St. Theresa, Cordele

Pastor’s Note: Betty is a wonderful presence at St. Theresa. She and her husband have been very active in the parish for over 30 years, during which she has been a part of the parish women’s group, served on the Parish Council, and served as an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist. She has also helped out at many parish dinners, fundraisers, and volunteered for countless events. She also helped renovate our parish bathrooms and worked on our parish sacramental records. She attends Mass daily and brings her peaceful presence to the church community. Mike is always willing to help others. He has been involved in the parish council, fundraisers, and dinners. He has also been an usher for many years and has volunteered his labor for numerous construction projects including our parish pavilion and renovation of our parish bathrooms. Mike is always willing to help around the parish and never desires to be recognized. He goes the extra mile and uses his gifts and talents to help build up the Kingdom of God.

Juan Flores
Sacred Heart, Warner Robins

Pastor’s Note: Juan has served Sacred Heart in a number of ministries. Currently, he is a lector, works with our sound system, serves on the Guadalupe committee which prepares for the annual Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and is on the board of the current parish campaign committee. He is always ready and willing to serve his church. He is a leader in the Hispanic community and his prayerful devotion to the faith is evident.

Ed Fogarty
Sacred Heart, Savannah

Pastor’s Note: Ed has called Sacred Heart his parish for nearly 20 years. He has made a big impact on the work of the parish’s Christian Service committee, the arm of the parish most in touch with the needy. Through Ed’s efforts the committee has been able to “twin” with the parish of Perodin in Haiti and assist other agencies in the local community. Each week, Fogarty and a small group of helpers collect bread from a local bakery and distribute it to four local homeless shelters.

Mary Nash Fouraker
St. Francis of Assisi, Folkston

Pastor’s Note: For years Mary has served as a catechist working with high school students, director of vacation Bible school and as education chair for parish council. She is a member of the choir and serves as the assistant choir director and lector. Her family was one of the founding families that started St. Francis 50 years ago. After knowing Mary for only four months, I can attest to her wonderful personality. She is very active in our parish, participates in all events that we have. It is always fun to be around her.

Emelina & Gilberto Garay
San Jose Mission, Twin Lakes

Pastor’s Note: Emelina and Gilberto have served at San Jose Mission for many years. Wherever you find Gilberto, you will find Emelina—babysitting while he teaches the parent class on the sacrament of baptism, helping coordinate fundraisers at San Jose and pitching in at St. John’s school carnival. Nothing you ask of her is ever denied. Emelina is a devoted member of San Jose Mission. She quietly serves with her husband in any capacity that she is needed. You will always see her behind the scenes serving others. They are examples of faith in action. Gilberto and his family have adopted a passage from Joshua 24:15, “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

Rocio Garduño
St. Peter Claver, Macon

Pastor’s Note: Rocio in an active member of Juan XXIII, and participates in Bible study, prayer group, and our Evangelization team. She is currently enrolled in a Pastoral Theology online course with the University of Dallas, sponsored by our parish and the Diocese of Savannah. She is a pioneer member of our blossoming Hispanic community and bears witness to the faith by her active participation at Mass where she serves as monitor. She is also a catechist leader who helps prepare other catechists for the important faith formation work of the young and adult of our Hispanic community. The joy and enthusiasm with which she witnesses to her faith is an inspiration to us all.

Neal Garner
Christ the King, Pine Mountain

Pastor’s Note: Neal has prepared our Confirmation students for a number of years. He is a Eucharistic Minister and active member of the parish council. He is an effective, knowledgeable teacher of the Catholic faith. He is one of the best teachers of teens I have ever seen and is an honor to work with. The parish ministries he works with are blessed to have him.

Anna Marie & Arthur Gould
Queen of Peace, Lakeland

Pastor’s Note: Anna Marie has served as a Eucharistic minister, visits the sick and established our rosary making ministry which has resulted in sending thousands of rosaries to missions all around the world. She has initiated group novenas and devotions and served as co-chairperson to raise money for our new church building fund. She has been instrumental in all church events and has always been one of the first to volunteer whenever and wherever needed. Arthur has served as a lector, usher and takes up the collection. He is also entrusted with counting and completing collection reports and is an active member of the Knights of Columbus. His generous spirit emanates throughout the entire parish and is always on hand to support any and all functions and events within the Queen of Peace community.

Bernice Grimes
Resurrection of Our Lord, Savannah

Pastor’s Note: Bernice is a longtime member of the parish and has been active in numerous parish ministries. Presently, she is a member of the Voices of Resurrection, bereavement committee and parish life committee. She is a good example of a steward. She gives freely of her time, talent and treasure. Bernice does not hesitate when called upon to volunteer her service to the parish.

Deacon Paul Gutting
St. Anne, Richmond Hill

Pastor’s Note: Deacon Paul has served faithfully and joyfully in his role as a permanent deacon. He serves as Deacon of the Mass, preaches on a regular basis, works with our Boy Scouts and has a great love for the teens of our parish. He has been pivotal in the development of our teen ministry at Saint Anne. His efforts and contributions to formal ministry at Saint Anne are very much welcomed and appreciated.

Diane Heinecke
St. Francis Xavier, Brunswick

Pastor’s Note: Diane has served in various ministries since moving here. She started with hospital ministry when she first came here and is still a part of that team. She does all scheduling for volunteers to go to the hospital, hospice and home visits. She is also a greeter, Eucharistic minister and attends adult Bible study every Sunday. She is also secretary for St. Vincent de Paul Society. Diane truly seeks to bring Christ to those she encounters. 

Frank Hester
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Savannah

Pastor’s Note: Frank is the past president of the Hibernian Society of Savannah and has served as an usher at the 10 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral. He has also served as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, an Acolyte, and as a tour guide at the Cathedral. He assists in our sacristy on a daily basis. Frank is a dedicated and generous member of the Cathedral. He has proudly served our parish and has played an important role in the Savannah Deanery, particularly through the Hibernian Society.

Billie Hinkle
Holy Family, Metter

Pastor’s Note: Billie has been of great service to Holy Family in many ways. She has been responsible for bookkeeping, receiving mail and packages, corresponding generally on behalf of the community and in the absence of the Pastor. She is very dedicated and selfless in serving the church.

Jennifer Hitt
Most Holy Trinity, Augusta

Pastor’s Note: Jennifer (Jenn) joined the parish in 2008 and almost immediately offered her talent to assisting in the Sacristy. She currently oversees the daily working of the Sacristy, the other sacristans, and those volunteering in this ministry. She is an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and offers transportation for those that have no means of attending Mass. She avails her time and talent for seasonal preparation of the altar.

Janet Hubbs
St. Peter the Apostle, Savannah

Pastor’s Note: Janet is always willing to give of her time and talent to help in all aspects of parish life. She prepares the flowers that are delivered once a week to shut-ins at our parish. She is also the coordinator of our Forever Young group, one of our offertory counters on Monday, cooks for Interfaith Hospitality when scheduled (3 weeks a year), and is active in many of the activities that are a part of our parish life. She is a wonderful parishioner and a fine example of stewardship.

Mario Huerta
Good Shepherd, Hazlehurst

Pastor’s Note: Mario is an usher and a maintenance coordinator. He is committed to help the parish in any ministry.

Kathryn Jackson
St. Anne, Columbus

Pastor’s Note: Kathryn has dedicated much of her life to St. Anne and the Church at large. She has been a Sunday school teacher for three years and has led a Lenten study group. She has been ministry leader for coffee and donuts for 25 years; a Eucharistic minister for 15 years; works at St. Anne’s outreach 3 days a week; is a member of prayer ministry; takes Communion to St. Francis Hospital every 3rd Sunday of the month and to Covenant Woods every 4th Sunday of the month. Her devotion and “great love for our Church” is wonderfully apparent.

Mark Joyce
Our Lady of Lourdes, Columbus

Pastor’s Note: Mark followed in his parents footsteps, donating his time and talents as a boy. While the school was open, he installed steam tables, refrigeration, sound system, wiring, and  served on the school board for five years during his childrens’ attendance. Along with his children, he has renovated areas in the church. His work for the church is ongoing, he is always available to help when called.

Robert Michael “Mike” Kane
St. Patrick, Kathleen

Pastor’s Note: Mike has been active in numerous ministries to parishioners since his arrival in the Warner Robins area in 2000. He was the welcoming face as head usher and greeter. As sacristan for almost 10 years, he ensures that everything is ready for liturgies. Mike is an active member of the Cursillo community, lives the Cursillo movement and is currently the Cursillo Lay Director for the Diocese of Savannah. Mike truly is an example of “Make a friend. Be a friend. Bring a friend to Christ.” He is an invaluable asset to both St. Patrick and the wider community.

Chris Kauffman
Sacred Heart, Vidalia

Pastor’s Note: As Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Chris was able to foster greater fellowship among the men of our parish and increase the number of men attending the monthly meetings. He serves as a lector and usher at Mass, and is always willing to fill in if needed. He helps raise money for our local outreach facility and volunteers on various boards of directors in numerous organizations in the community. He always gives of himself and his talents to glorify God.

Amelia “Amy” King
St. Stephen First Martyr, Hinesville

Pastor’s Note: Amy has served in many capacities. She has been president of CCW, an active member of St. Vincent DePaul, a member of our special events committee, secretary of parish council and helps run our small parish gift/book store. Since she became a member of St. Stephen, she has made all of our baptismal bibs. She has always been available to help the parish and me anytime. I can’t thank her enough for everything she is doing and has done for our parish.

Campbell King
Blessed Sacrament, Savannah

Pastor’s Note: Cam served as a member of the St. Joseph the Worker Men’s Club. Although a Methodist, he faithfully attends Mass with his wife, Barbara, and has served as an usher for over 30 years. He also served as a volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America, Habitat for Humanity, and as a board member of CARC Inc. (now Kicklighter Resource Center).

Kim Klein
St. Joseph, Augusta

Pastor’s Note: Kim is an integral part of the Korean community here. For the last ten years, she has served on the pastoral council as the liaison between the Korean priest, the Korean Catholic community and the parish at-large. She is a member of the Korean community’s Legion of Mary, a group leader for Cursillo for two years and after serving as vice president of the Korean Catholic community, is now serving as the president. Her willingness to serve and to use her talents greatly enriches the parish and the Korean community.

Judy & Tom Konitzer
St. Teresa of Avila, Grovetown

Pastor’s Note: Judy has a long history of service in our parish ministries. She has been an integral part of fundraisers for our move to Columbia County in the past and has been working toward our future as we build our new church through different fundraising initiatives. She has been involved with stewardship and continues to provide leadership and direction by her involvement in the current capital campaign. She has been an integral part of my support system since arriving as pastor. Tom has provided leadership for many aspects of our parish family, including serving as parish council president, capital campaign chairman, Knight of Columbus and has even been involved in church maintenance and the serving line at parish functions.

Michael Kovach
St. Patrick, Kathleen

Pastor’s Note: Mike is a fine Christian gentleman. As chair of the planning committee, he worked tirelessly to put together a parish planning document which outlined a plan and timeline for parish development. As chairperson of the parish executive council, he developed a parish pastoral plan that documented the parish management and organizational structure, and defined parish procedures for financial management, parish ministries, and other key aspects of parish management. He volunteers at the local food pantry, Meals on Wheels, the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, and the Georgia Special Olympics.

Mr. David Loehle
Saint Williams, St. Simons Island

Thomas Mahoney
St. James the Less, Savannah

Pastor’s Note: Tom is a longtime lector, has served on the parish council, school board, and various committees. He is active in deanery affairs and has been a great supporter of the Catholic schools, both elementary and high school.

Rose Marie Mascunana
St. Frances Cabrini, Savannah

Pastor’s Note: Rose has been a member at Cabrini for 45 years, during and after military tours. She has held offices in CCW, served on the parish council, buildings and grounds, and altar care. She is also active with Angel Tree Project, Disciples in Mission and volunteers any time with a cheerful, willing spirit. Parishioners rarely refer to the Mascunanas separately; it’s always,Rose and George. And perhaps that’s the image of service that’s most important to Rose, commitment to family - at Cabrini and at home.

Laura Morales
St. William, Fitzgerald

Pastor’s Note: Laura was one of the first leaders in our Hispanic community. Since the early 1990s, she has shared her strong faith and contagious enthusiasm with our parish. She has consistently accepted various tasks to help our parish grow and currently serves on the Finance Committee, teaches Confirmation preparation classes, and directs our youth group.

Sister John Moravec
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Savannah

Pastor’s Note: Sister John came to Savannah as a Carmelite nun in 1965. She began work at Candler Hospital in 1973 as a registered nurse anesthetist to support the Carmelite community at Coffee Bluff. In 1987, she joined the Cathedral parish. She has been a member of the Cathedral Choir and the SVA Alumnae Choir ever since. She has blessed the Church in Savannah through her prayer, work as a nurse anesthetist, giving to the Church, and singing at the Cathedral. The Diocese of Savannah, Savannah Deanery, and the Cathedral Parish have been richly blessed by her presence. She is a generous, talented, and holy member and is much loved by our parish.

Deacon Ray Moreau
St. Anne, Richmond Hill

Pastor’s Note: Deacon Ray loves to teach and is involving himself more in our RCIA program and working with and in our parish adult Bible study. He serves and preaches regularly as Deacon of the Mass. He serves as a trained spiritual director for adults in our parish. He is a valued member of the pastoral staff and his efforts to help are very much welcomed and appreciated.

Leonardo Navarro
St. Jude, Glennville

Pastor’s Note: Leonardo has been a parishioner of St. Jude since 2001. He is active in our food pantry and provides supplies to the church. He travels to St. Stephen in Hinesville for Winter Fest to raise money for St. Jude’s faith formation program. He has always been available to help me or the church when called upon.

Barbara Nicklow
Sacred Heart, Warner Robins

Pastor’s Note: Barbara has served in a number of ministries and is currently leading the Extraordinary Communion ministers at the 9 a.m. Mass. She has also served in CCW as an officer for many years and in our Christian Service Center preparing food deliveries for the needy. I am amazed at how many ministries she has served in over the years and every time I look around, I see her in service. Her ministry is marked by faithfulness and devotion.

Donna Nolan
St. John the Evangelist, Valdosta

Pastor’s Note: Donna has been attending St. John for 35 years. She became Catholic 15 years ago, but even before that time, always came to Mass with her husband, Dave, and faithfully volunteered wherever needed. You will often see her as a greeter on Sunday mornings and helping with coffee and donuts in support of Birthright. She is also leader and coordinator of special events and social gatherings for the parish life committee. She recruits others to work with her and never takes the spotlight for herself. Although she is retired, she volunteers many hours as a nurse at a local clinic providing care to low-income people. 

Pauline O’Mahony
St. Joseph, Macon

Pastor’s Note: Pauline has been active in a number of activities and ministries over the years including organizing tour guides and providing hospitality during the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon. She is very faithful to the parish, Sunday Mass and is a generous supporter/contributor to parish life. She has dedicated her life to serving the Church locally and universally over the years.

Amadeo Olvera
Good Shepherd, Hazlehurst

Pastor’s Note: Amadeo is our stewardship coordinator, ground maintenance helper, and an outstanding parish member. Our community benefits from his commitment to his faith and his hard work.

Sister Josephine Quinlan, MFIC
St. Mary on the Hill, Augusta

Pastor’s Note: Sister Josephine has been pastoral assistant at St. Mary since 2004. She has been in charge of our parish visitation team who take the Eucharist and meals to the sick of the parish. She has also been a part of our consolation ministry which helps parishioners with funeral planning and other assigned duties.

Alejandra Rios
Holy Trinity, Swainsboro

Pastor’s Note: Alejandra has been of service to the church in Swainsboro in many areas, especially with the Hispanic community. She has coordinated CCD, youth ministry and is always available for whatever service might be required of her. She is a lector and helps with the announcements. She is a pillar among the Hispanic community and has done many good things in the church over the years.

Shirley Ann Roberson
Our Lady of Lourdes, Port Wentworth

Pastor’s Note: Shirley has been a faithful volunteer at Our Lady of Lourdes since 1975. She is always available for parish events, helps in the sacristy, counts the collections, helps with food for the bereaved, and more. She is one of our main Eucharistic Ministers who visits the homebound every week.

Rosemarie Rogoish
Our Lady Star of the Sea, St. Marys

Pastor’s Note: A lifelong Catholic, Rosemarie exhibits the true Catholic spirit by continuing to learn about her faith, sharing it, and inviting and accompanying someone to church who has not attended in a while. She is a member of the Women’s Auxiliary, Cursillo, sings with the Folk Choir, has assisted with religious education and outreach, and will cheerfully volunteer to help anyone or any group needing a hand. She is also the author painter of the angels on each door facing the altar in our Daily Chapel.

Frank Sacramo
St. Anne, Columbus

Pastor’s Note: Frank has been a member of St. Anne since 1994 and has worked in the school and church for almost all of those 20 years. His dedication to the Church is apparent in everything he does. On many days, he arrives before he is scheduled to come in and stays long after he is scheduled to leave. For years, he has returned late each evening to lock up the facilities. He can regularly be found helping ministry volunteers to prepare for a special event or celebration and has been an usher for 19 years.

Brian Malone Sartain
Our Lady Star of the Sea, St. Marys

Pastor’s Note: Brian was brought up in the Catholic Church. He joined the Knights of Columbus as a young adult, immediately became active in the men’s club, and became an usher.He spent numerous hours in renovations, worked with various contractors, and still finds time to help with the other day-to-day workings of the church. He is currently the parish council president, district deputy and district marshal in the Knights of Columbus and is a member of Knights on Bikes. He was also instrumental in establishing the Ave Maria Assembly for St. Marys.

Conrad Stelling
St. Joseph, Macon

Pastor’s Note: Conrad has been a lifelong member of St. Joseph and has served on various committees. He is an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, very active with our Cherry Blossom Festival committee, and helps coordinate the ministry. He also helps to welcome thousands of visitors and give guided tours to them during this week. He gives a powerful witness to what it means to be Catholic.

Sarah Stemple
Holy Trinity, Swainsboro

Pastor’s Note: Sarah has done so much for the church over the last few years. She helps coordinate CCD, youth, and music. She is currently the chairperson of the pastoral council and is always available whenever her services are needed. She is selfless and dedicated.

Dale Stencel
Most Holy Trinity, Augusta

Pastor’s Note: Dale is a longtime member of the parish. He is an active Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and an usher. He is a current member of the Parish Council and the Knights of Columbus and has contributed his service to both the parish and the community.

Hal G. & Mary Ann Stillings
St. Michael’s, Tybee Island

Pastor’s Note: Hal served two, three-year terms on the parish council ending in June 2013. For the past three years, he has volunteered for the advertising of St. Michael’s Bulletin. He continues to help Sister Barbara Shimkus in the Parish Outreach Program. He has been dedicated to not only the parish and former school, but to the Tybee community at large.  Mary Ann taught school since 1964. She taught third through eighth grades at St. Michael’s and was also a substitute teacher in the Fairfax, Virginia area for three years. She was one of the “Teachers of the Year” for the Diocese of Savannah. She has taught CCD, sung in the choir, helped First Communicants make their banners. She has also made special Christening candles and has served as an Extraordinary Minister for several years.

Ron Stotser
Holy Family, Columbus

Pastor’s Note: Ron has been a member of Holy Family since 1992. He is an architect and has worked to provide assistance to Holy Family, St Anne-Pacelli, Our Lady of Lourdes and Christ the King. He selflessly shares his talents and is committed to helping our churches with design construction, cost evaluations studies and other assistance as needed. His love for the church is obvious, and his commitment to the many projects he takes on is an example to all.

Maria Trevino
St. Paul, Douglas

Pastor’s Note: Maria was one of the early leaders of the Hispanic community at St. Paul and Missions since the early 1990s. Throughout the years, she has shared her strong faith with others to enhance the Hispanic community. She has performed many duties and currently assists with the spiritual growth of our children as a catechist.

Sharon Uribe
Holy Family, Metter

Pastor’s Note: Sharon is a lector and member of the parish council. She contributes positively to projects, lives and affairs of the community.

Ramona Witthoft
St. Paul, Douglas

Pastor’s Note: For the last ten years, Ramona has continued to add volunteer jobs to her daily schedule. She serves as an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist, visits the sick of the parish, performs duties as sacristan, and shares her knowledge of the Catholic faith as a catechist. She is dependable, caring, and busy in her work for St. Paul -- a valued member of parish community.

Robert “Bob” Zuccarini
St. Peter the Apostle, Savannah

Pastor’s Note: Bob has been an active parishioner at St. Peter the Apostle for many years. Since his retirement some years back, Bob has volunteered as a “handyman” on a regular basis, taking care of repairing things in our church, school, grounds, parish automobiles, and many other projects as they come up. He is invaluable and we are so blessed to have him in our parish. He is a great steward and is loved by everyone.
 

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