By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9825-12/6/18

The young adults who meet once a month to spend time with Jesus before the Blessed Sacrament at St. Mary on the Hill Church don’t have many things in common. 


Some are married, others single. Some are postgraduate students of medicine and physical therapy at Augusta University while still others work in various careers including teaching, the military, medicine, engineering or business administration. 


By: Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9820-9/27/18

Father Jacek Franciszek Szuster, pastor of Most Holy Trinity Parish in Augusta, died on Sept. 4 after a battle with colon cancer. He was 47 years old.


Born in the city of Niemodlin, Poland on Jan. 30, 1971, Father Jacek attended the Major Seminary of the Diocese of Opole in Nysa and earned a bachelor’s degree.


By: Father Douglas K. Clark, STL

In the year 702 before Christ, the Prophet Isaiah foretold the impending death of King Hezekiah of Judah, who had heeded the prophet’s warning and purified the religion of his kingdom 20 years before, lest it suffer the fate of the Lost Tribes of Israel at the hands of the Assyrian Empire.

By: Staff
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. 


By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9810-5/10/18

AUGUSTA-- Imagine walking into the very place designed to mirror the kingdom of heaven on earth and not feeling comfortable.


Marty Turcios, who has cerebral palsy, can remember feeling like this as a child in the 60s and 70s.


He said that he’s attended churches –not necessarily in the Catholic tradition – where people had the attitude that he wasn’t like them, a child of God.


By: Bill Norton
Originally Appeared in : 9722-10/26/17

Laura Cameron and Augusta’s St. Mary on the Hill Church share something unique: Both have passed their centenary, though Cameron has the distinction of being a year older.


By: Bill Norton
Originally Appeared in : 9716-8/3/17

As he stood on the stage with Pope Francis at the vigil of Pentecost in June, Dan Almeter gazed out over 50,000 people gathered in the Circus Maximus in Rome. The occasion was the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Golden Jubilee, and it was a signature moment for Almeter, an elder of the Alleluia Community in Augusta, a charismatic covenant community (see sidebar in gallery).


By: Southern Cross Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9714-7/6/17



Laura Webster has been appointed principal at Saint Mary on the Hill Catholic School in Augusta. Having worked as a teacher in public education in South Carolina for 10 years. Webster began her Catholic education career at Saint Mary Help of Christians Catholic School in Aiken, SC in 2003. Since joining Catholic education, she has served as a teacher and assistant principal. 


By: Jessica L. Marsala

AUGUSTA--Of the many lessons that students at Immaculate Conception Catholic School in downtown Augusta learn, few are as conspicuously embodied as empathy.


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