By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9911-5/23/19

COLUMBUS--Dick O’Neal can remember the very first meal he ate at St. Benedict the Moor Church as part of its outreach community lunch program.


“They say they feed you out at church. Then I came around here and they had…I’ll never forget it because it’s my favorite meal,” O’Neal said of the fried chicken, collard greens, macaroni and cheese and corn bread that was on the menu that day in 2008. A Columbus native, he had just moved back to the area after being released from prison. “It was good, and it was hot, and it was filling…”


By: Amy Elkins
Originally Appeared in : 9910-5/9/19

As the girls began to arrive to Camp Grace on the evening of April 26 they seemed excited to be there. This weekend retreat for girls was planned by a team of youth ministers and volunteers from around the diocese. The object was to bring speakers and activities that would help the teens grow in their faith and to challenge them to find ways to have a deeper relationship with Christ. Let Hope be An Anchor for your Soul was the theme of the retreat.


By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9909-4/25/19

Planning an intercollegiate retreat requires a willingness to be flexible and accommodating—both to the needs of students as well as to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.


By: Rita H. DeLorme
Originally Appeared in : 9908-4/11/19

There was much excitement in the Catholic Diocese of Savannah on Saturday, October 11, 1958 about something that was going to be done to honor a man who was not only Catholic but also an outstanding Revolutionary War hero who died defending the city of Savannah. A dashing soldier who came from Poland, as had others, to help free America from ties with England, Count Casimir Pulaski was fated to be the namesake of military installations and to be carved on monuments. One such memorial to this heroic Pole is Fort Pulaski.

By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9906-3/14/19

SAVANNAH--Place a victim of genocide and his or her perpetrator in a room together, side by side, and what do you think will happen?


In Rwanda, the answer to that question is not one you might expect. 


Just take a look at the men and women featured in the documentary “Forgiveness: The Secret of Peace,” who, with the influence of Father Ubald Rugirangoga, a genocide survivor himself and a priest in the Diocese of Cyangugu in southeastern Rwanda, have been able to make amends. 


By: Savanna Puterbaugh
Originally Appeared in : 9906-3/14/19

During my time at the Archives I have been working with a collection of about 65 sets of prayer beads that were donated to the diocese. The pieces in the collection represent every major religion and come from all over the globe. 


By: Joyce Duriga (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9905-2/28/19

CHICAGO (CNS)--With February being both Black History Month and Catholic Press Month, Daniel Rudd’s story is worth knowing.


A pioneering Catholic journalist, he founded the national black newspaper the American Catholic Tribune and also was the founder of what is today the National Black Catholic Congress.


By: Rita H. DeLorme
Originally Appeared in : 9903-1/31/19

Newly ordained in 1920, young Father Gerald P. O’Hara luckily had sufficient family backing to undertake an extended European tour. That his travels took him to many places in the world that he really wanted to learn more about is evident in photos he diligently took as he traveled through Europe and the Middle East. These early views of what O’Hara observed and learned have been carefully preserved in the Archives of the Savannah Diocese and offer a preview of his future career: one that eventually extended far beyond the state of Georgia. 


By: Rita H. DeLorme
Originally Appeared in : 9902-1/17/19
No doubt about it. Radio in the 1930s was the television and internet of today. It was a “bully pulpit” (to quote President Theodore Roosevelt) through which the American public could be reached. Catholics of average means in the Savannah (later Savannah-Atlanta) Diocese could be influenced by well-qualified and relatively unqualified radio speakers alike. One popular radio homilist was Father Charles Edward Coughlin, pastor of the Church of the Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak, Michigan.
By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9825-12/6/18

In 2019 the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur celebrate their 200th anniversary of responding to suffering by helping youth and the poor, whether through teaching and formation or through a number of different social justice ministries. 



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