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By: Dara West
Originally Appeared in : 9822-10/25/18

When you plant a seed, you never really know with certainty how or when or what it will actually grow into. All you can do is put the seed in the ground, water it and have faith that a healthy plant will grow. Phil Wetherington had a vision of a community garden at Sacred Heart Parish in Warner Robins and had faith his vision would someday come to fruition. Phil, a master gardener, saw vacant land on the church property and dreamed of using that land to grow fresh vegetables for people in need.

By: Rita H. DeLorme
Originally Appeared in : 9822-10/25/18

Savannah’s St. Vincent’s Academy, founded in 1845 by the Sisters of Mercy, has a long and impressive history. Possibly no part of that history could ever again be as colorfully recorded as the Academy’s valedictory ceremony described by an imaginative Savannah Morning News reporter in a 1904 edition of the paper. 

 

By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9820-9/27/18

More than 80 volunteers from parishes, schools and ministries throughout the Savannah Deanery lent a “helping hand” to Catholic Relief Services and Rise Against Hunger during their joint meal packaging event Sept. 22.

 

By: Rita H. DeLorme
Originally Appeared in : 9820-9/27/18

Founded virtually as the result of a challenge by Bishop Benjamin J. Keiley who met with a group of its leaders in 1916, the Catholic Laymen’s Association of Georgia was fortunate from its beginning in having energetic, young leaders, such as Richard Reid of Augusta. A native of Massachusetts, Reid would likely not have made it south if it hadn’t been for the businesses his father was involved with in Augusta. By 1920, Reid was pursuing the first of several law degrees he would eventually earn.

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.

 

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