Photograph from the St. Mary on the Hill Church Facebook page.

St. Mary on the Hill rectory damaged by fire

Originally Appeared in : 9814-7/5/18

The rectory at St. Mary on the Hill Church in Augusta was heavily damaged by a fire on June 27.


Initial reports said that lightning struck the rectory, but the origin of the fire is still under investigation.


Neither Father Mark Ross, the church’s pastor, nor parochial vicar Vernon Knight was at home at the time of the fire.


The Diocese of Savannah leased a facility for the priests to live in while the rectory is being cleaned and structural analysis takes place. 


The church sanctuary was not affected. Church offices are operational but were moved to the office hallway because equipment was damaged by smoke and water. “We anticipate that within a short period of time the offices will be cleaned, rebuilt and back to normal operation,” Paul Nott, diocesan Director of Construction and Properties, said.


The diocese’s insurance agency and adjusters, Waldorf, Tristate and Lloyd’s of London are working with his office to settle the insurance claim regarding the fire as efficiently as possible, Nott said.


Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv. offered prayers for the parishioners the night of the fire and said he was thankful no one was harmed.


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