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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.

 

By: Rita H. DeLorme
Originally Appeared in : 9811-5/24/18

He had what might be called the “misfortune” of following one dynamic, colorful Savannah prelate (Bishop Benjamin J. Keiley) and of preceding yet another equally memorable one, Bishop Gerald P. O’Hara. A lesser man might have felt challenged.

 

By: Rita H. DeLorme
Originally Appeared in : 9810-5/10/18

In the first decade of the 20th century the Catholic Church, as well as many of its affiliates, was subject to actual prejudice. In Georgia, where Catholics still constituted a real minority in many areas, this was more often the rule than the exception. At the forefront of opposition to this type of discrimination was the Bulletin of the Catholic Laymen’s Association of Georgia. Editorials appearing in the earliest editions of the CLA publication kept Georgia Catholics informed about what was then going on.

 

By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9809-4/26/18

ROBERTA--White paint emerged from the paintbrushes, bottles and rollers in their hands, transforming the rainbow of color beneath, now dry.

 

Though harmless on paper, these colorful words and designs — now covered, crossed out or rewritten — represented the long list of concrete fears, insecurities and questions that troubled their collegiate minds and that of their peers.

 

By: Rita H. DeLorme
Originally Appeared in : 9809-4/26/18

It was 1925 and Bishop Benjamin J. Keiley’s time was running out. He was retired, ill, blind and going deaf. This visit from Richard Reid, youthful editor of the Georgia Bulletin of the Catholic Laymen’s Association, would be memorable. The bishop’s illness had kept him hospitalized for some time in Atlanta’s St. Joseph Infirmary, run by the Sisters of Mercy.

By: Michael J. Johnson
Originally Appeared in : 9808-4/12/18

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More coverage of the Easter Triduum can be found here at our Smugmug gallery.

By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9808-4/12/18

SPRINGFIELD--The first time that Nicole Knight set foot in St. Boniface Church in Springfield was November 7, 2015, the day she said goodbye to her father, who had passed away a little more than a week earlier.

 

This wasn’t the last time, however. 

 

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