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By: Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv.

Hurricane Dorian is a tragic reminder of the suffering that can be caused by natural disasters. Whether these catastrophes occur in slow motion as Dorian has or with little or no warning at any hour of the day or night, people of faith naturally want to offer assistance.


By: Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9919-9/12/19

Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv., has announced the following appointments:


Reverend Paul Pantiru, OFM Conv.: On presentation of the Very Reverend James McCurry, OFM Conv., Minister Provincial of the Franciscan Friars Conventual of Our Lady of the Angels Province, Fr. Pantiru has been appointed Parochial Vicar of St. Anne Catholic Church, Columbus, Georgia, effective September 7, 2019.


By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9919-9/12/19

WARNER ROBINS--The first graduating class of the diocese’s adult Hispanic faith formation program, the Fray Pedro de Corpa Catechetical School, received their certificates of completion following a special Mass and luncheon at Sacred Heart Church Aug. 31.


As part of the entrance processional, the 75 members in attendance of the 81 members of the graduating class proudly processed into the sanctuary of the Warner Robins parish ahead of priests of the diocese who concelebrated the Mass with Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv., bishop of the Diocese of Savannah. 


By: Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9919-9/12/19

To see which parishes will be visited by religious orders and organizations as part of the 2019 Mission Cooperative Appeal, reference the table below:


Missionary Society of St. Paul

St. Joseph, Augusta

Most Holy Trinty, Augusta

Society of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart:"The Josephites"

By: Michelle Chardos
Originally Appeared in : 9919-9/12/19

Five chimes can be heard coming from the bell tower at St. Anne Church in Columbus each morning at 8:30. The ringing indicates the start of morning prayer for the five Franciscan friars living in community at the church. Last week, their prayers were said for the first time in St. Anne’s brand new Franciscan Martyrs Chapel.


By: Cindy Wooden (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9919-9/12/19

VATICAN CITY (CNS)--Pope Francis announced he will create 13 new cardinals Oct. 5, choosing prelates from 13 different nations as a sign of “the missionary vocation of the Church that continues to proclaim the merciful love of God to all men and women of the earth.”


The only Canadian named was 73-year-old Jesuit Father Michael Czerny, undersecretary of the Section for Migrants and Refugees at the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. None of the new cardinals is from the United States.


By: Anna Capizzi Galvez
Originally Appeared in : 9918-8/29/19

WASHINGTON (CNS)--Do Catholics believe that the Eucharist is truly the body and blood of Christ?


A Pew Research Center survey released Aug. 5 found that nearly 70% of Catholics believe that the bread and wine used for Communion during Mass are “symbols of the body and blood of Jesus Christ,” while about 30% believe that the bread and wine “actually become” Christ’s body and blood.


The findings clearly touched a nerve as commentators jumped to analyze the data, questioning the language that Pew had used in its survey questions.


By: Staff

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When: Friday, Sept. 13, 2019 at noon

Where: Location: Catholic Pastoral Center (2170 East Victory Drive, Savannah)

By: Catholic News Service
Originally Appeared in : 9917-8/15/19

New Haven, CT (CNS)--In 2018, the Knights of Columbus gave $185.7 million to charity and donated 76.7 million hours of hands–on service.


The New Haven–based Catholic fraternal organization announced its charitable activity over the last year in a July 31 news release, issued ahead of its annual Supreme Convention in Minneapolis Aug. 6–8.



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