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By: Rita H. DeLorme
Originally Appeared in : 9818-8/30/18

Information regarding Father Bernard Doyle, a 19th century priest of the Diocese of Savannah, has always been both intriguing and scarce. Sometimes, however, the story of the brief, heroic life of someone like him will wonderfully come to life. Amazingly, unexpected sources, such as those provided by Monsignor Richard Lopez, of Christ the King Church of the Atlanta Archdiocese, and Father Barney Doyle of Kilmore Diocese in Ireland, give us just what we need.

By: Michael J. Johnson
Originally Appeared in : 9817-8/16/18

Rachel Balducci is  a wife,  a mother of six children; five boys and one girl, co-host of The Gist, a TV talk show for Catholic women produced by Catholic TV in Boston and her second book ‘make my life simple – bringing peace to heart and home,’ will be published by Our Sunday Visitor in the near future.

 

By: Rita H. DeLorme
Originally Appeared in : 9817-8/16/18

The grotto located behind the Catholic Pastoral Center in Savannah is paved with as many memories as it is with stones. Possibly unfamiliar now to those who work at the Center, it may still be recalled by some “children,” older adults, who resided at the Victory Drive facility when the Center was St. Mary’s Home, a residential home for girls of the Savannah-Atlanta Diocese, operated by the Sisters of Mercy.

 

By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9816-8/2/18

When Deacon Bernie Bosse, a parishioner of St. Mary Church in Americus, described how attending the 2018 National Diaconate Congress impacted his faith, he explained that it seemed like the “past five years of spiritual formation…on steroids.”

 

“Living in a portion of the country that’s 3 percent Catholic and then spending a week with 2,800 Catholics, the Papal Nuncio, numerous bishops and two cardinals was a spiritual shot in the arm,” Bosse, who was ordained to the diaconate in May, said in an email. “It was inspiring. I haven’t come down from the high yet.”

 

By: Rita H. DeLorme
Originally Appeared in : 9816-8/2/18

Born in Norwich, Connecticut on November 22, 1856, Michael J. Byrne probably had no idea of the career(s) he would follow throughout his life. Early on, he wanted to be a priest, but that dream ended when his preceptor at St. Paul’s Preparatory School in Pittsburgh told him he should seek another vocation in life.

 

By: Submitted by Dara West
Originally Appeared in : 9816-8/2/18

Sacred Heart parishioners helped build community and support the mission of the church by cleaning the parish grounds June 16. That may not sound like much, but Sacred Heart is blessed with an abundance of property. That blessing comes with, at times, excessive maintenance expenses. Juggling these expenses against other ministry expenses can be challenging. Fortunately, two parish leaders, Jan Giovingo and Dan Knauer stepped up to lead a new ministry addressing this need.

 

By: Rita H. DeLorme
Originally Appeared in : 9815-7/19/18

There was a time when the St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) only had male members. Since then, much has changed in the world and in the perception of many organizations, including churches. What has not changed are the needs of the poor, who -- as Jesus said, will always be with us. SVP has a long history of helping those in need. Its good works began way back in 1833. Today, it perseveres in doing good works in countries throughout the world. Those lucky enough to be members of the Society of St.

By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9814-7/5/18

Blessed Sacrament Church is the latest parish in the diocese to provide a dedicated space for Catholics to spend time in prayer before Jesus, letting his presence transform their bodies and souls.

 

By: Rita H. DeLorme
Originally Appeared in : 9814-7/5/18

“Mind the steps, Rita,” my grandmother said as we moved up the stairs of Savannah’s old St. Patrick’s Church. My grandmother must have been desperate for company because I was too young at that time for her to have much hope of controlling me if I got rambunctious. At over 200 pounds, she was mostly afraid she might fall on me and hurt me. Well, we both survived for many more years, but St. Patrick’s Church, beloved by the “Old Fort Irish” of Savannah, was on the way out, though no one realized it until after a hurricane hit the Georgia coast in August 1940, and tore off half of St.

By: Rita H. DeLorme
Originally Appeared in : 9813-6/21/18

Father Patrick J. Peyton didn’t originate the saying, “The family that prays, together stays together” in the late 1940s when the Family Rosary Crusade began, though he might as well have. Certainly, the devout, Irish-born priest now up for sainthood had a profound effect on laity and religious alike when he began his dedicated campaign to encourage families throughout the world to take time each day to pray together and, especially, to say the rosary.

 

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