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By: Rita DeLorme
Originally Appeared in : 9717-8/17/17

It wasn’t long after Bishop Benjamin J. Keiley gave the go-ahead to the establishment of a Catholic publication for the Diocese of Savannah that the Catholic Laymen’s Association of Georgia initiated the Bulletin. Meant to combat prejudice against Catholics in Georgia and publicize what Catholicism really was, the Bulletin was first edited by James J. Farrell, its founder as well as its editor.

 

By: Michael J. Johnson
Originally Appeared in : 9717-8/17/17

Just looking around as we hiked, that was all God’s art and we got to be in it and get to enjoy it said Kody Overcash.

 

Overcash was one of three Boy Scouts from the Diocese of Savannah who completed the Saint George Trek at Philmont Scout Ranch and Explorer Base, near Cimarron, New Mexico in early July. 

 

Schlepping a 50-pound pack and covering more than 50 miles, and in some cases 70 miles, up the peaks and through the canyons of the 219 square mile ranch garnered the trekkers more than sore shoulders and bragging rights. 

 

By: Barbara Rusiecki
Originally Appeared in : 9716-8/3/17

2017 Gartland Award recipient Jean Hawkins and her husband Bob discuss the atmosphere at their parish, Nativity of our Lady Church in Darien, its restoration and their service with various parish ministries.

 

By: Michael J. Johnson
Originally Appeared in : 9716-8/3/17

Savannah--Rowing an 18-foot-long open canoe solo along the Intercoastal Waterway from Miami, Florida to New York, New York Greg Dougherty hopes to draw attention to the Centennial of the Marian apparitions at Fatima. His 1,400-mile nautical pilgrimage began June 13.

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The craft named the Santa Maria de Fatima packed with bags of food, clothes, emergency gear and a statue of Our Lady of Fatima looks both cramped and small for such a long voyage.

 

By: Rita H. DeLorme
Originally Appeared in : 9717-8/3/17

Bulletin of the Catholic Laymen’s Association editor, Richard Reid, wasn’t the first Georgian to receive the prestigious Laetare Medal from the University of Notre Dame, but he was the most unique in many ways. Evidently a man who never sat still or wasted time, Reid managed to earn multiple degrees in law and other fields while editing the Bulletin. 

 

By: Father Michael J. Kavanaugh
Originally Appeared in : 9715-7/20/17

In October 1999, the Lutheran World Federation and the Vatican signed an agreement titled the “Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification.”  In this document, which was the result of decades of dialogue, the World Lutheran Federation and the Catholic Church expressed a shared understanding of the doctrine of justification; that is, how we are made righteous in God’s eyes. This question – how God removes the guilt of sinners and welcomes them back into communion with him– had been one of the major causes of the division between our Church and Lutherans.  

 

By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9715-7/20/17

During the final two weeks of June, a handful of public and private buildings sprinkled throughout the Savannah deanery received fresh coats of paint, the yards of others were cleaned and the hunger of the needy physically satisfied.

 

Approximately 50 teens completed these and other projects over the course of two one-week sessions, as part of Prayer and Action, the diocese's summer mission program for high school students.

 

The buildings, however, were not alone in their facelifts.  

 

By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9715-7/20/17

Though Mass, adoration and other spiritually enriching activities bookend each day of the diocese’s annual girls' and boys' summer vocation camps, youth say that they find God not only in the camp’s chapel but also in its people.

 

By: Rita H. DeLorme
Originally Appeared in : 9714-7/6/17

Of course they had played in the past, but  – somehow  – the 1939 football game between Holy Cross College of Worchester, Massachusetts and the University of Georgia that year stands out. For one thing, their rivalry was followed avidly by readers of the Bulletin of the Catholic Layman’s Association. Sports were big and, more than that, they were a pleasant distraction from what was going on in the U.S. and, even more significantly, abroad.

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

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