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By: Submitted by Francisco Penela III
Originally Appeared in : 9726-12/21/17

On December 2, 2017, Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, O.F.M. Conv., challenged Savannah’s 2018 deacon candidates to “lead by example, to witness to the beauty and mystery of the liturgy in order to help others participate in these sacred mysteries” as they were duly installed into the Order of Acolyte. The installation, held at Immaculate Conception Church in Dublin, marks the end of the fourth year of a five-year formation, and is the final ceremony before the class’ ordination next May.

 

By: Richard Hayden
Originally Appeared in : 9726-12/21/17

Lay volunteers serving in prison ministry have felt the call to minister to the imprisoned, perhaps the least of our brothers and sisters. In so doing, they are both bringing Jesus into the prison through Holy Communion, and are visiting Jesus in each and every inmate and officer they meet. This is a unique ministry, one which challenges each volunteer to exercise his or her faith in a personal way in a communion service in prison.

By: Rita H. DeLorme
Originally Appeared in : 9725-12/7/17

Even as late as 1958, whether a Catholic high school should be coed or not was still an issue in many dioceses, including the Catholic Diocese of Savannah. Reflecting the prevailing view of the Catholic Church during the pre-Vatican II era, the church began to accept the idea of allowing boys and girls to attend high school classes together. Stringent rules about how such coeducational institutions should be operated made things a little more challenging.

 

By: Rita H. DeLorme
Originally Appeared in : 9723-11/9/17

Face it, he was meant for fame. Young and vigorous and an outstanding athlete and student, Richard B. Sheridan should have gone places, and he certainly did. His family was proud of him and had every reason to be. He would be starring in the October 24, 1931 game between Army (West Point) and Yale University. Earlier, the Augusta footballer had been named a corporal of cadets, the highest honor possible for a second classman. On that fateful fall day, Cadet Sheridan was – as always – performing well. Only this time, the effort he expended resulted in tragedy.

By: Sister Donna Loeper, CSJ
Originally Appeared in : 9723-11/9/17

I used to think I was big and strong. I competed on the Judo team in college. I ran in a few half-marathons. I backpacked on the Appalachian Trail for a week or more. Then I was surprised by a heart attack in 2012. I took things a little slower and more cautiously for a while, but with the help of cardiac rehab I returned to running and swimming in a few months.

 

By: Bill Norton
Originally Appeared in : 9722-10/26/17

Laura Cameron and Augusta’s St. Mary on the Hill Church share something unique: Both have passed their centenary, though Cameron has the distinction of being a year older.

 

By: Rita H. DeLorme
Originally Appeared in : 9722-10/26/17

It was truly a sad day in June 1939 when the Marist Brothers who had taught in Savannah for 20 years left town. They were moving to Augusta because the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist could no longer afford to employ them during the financial crunch of the Great Depression. By 1939, things were improving, but money was still scarce, and there was still major unemployment. 

 

By: Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9721-10/21/17

Learn about Wynter Kelly, Director of Curriculum and Instruction; Jayne Stefanic, Director of Family Life; Amy Elkins, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry; and Maureen Coates, Director of Stewardship and Development.

 

Wynter Kelly, Director of Curriculum and Instruction

By: Rita DeLorme
Originally Appeared in : 9721-10/21/17

Some people considered him a Catholic evangelist. Certainly, his voice was unforgettable, and Catholics in Georgia, like the rest of the world, were privileged to hear it. Whether they heard it at a statewide Catholic Laymen’s Association convention or in their living rooms on their radios, or, even later on television, they paid attention to it. Monsignor (afterwards bishop and archbishop) Fulton J.

By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9719-9/14/17

Approximately five months ago, the Diocese of Savannah launched its first podcast, “It’s Catholic Y’all.” 

 

Since then videographer Tim Williams, who describes himself as a storyteller, has produced seven episodes on a wide variety of topics including vocational discernment, theology of the body, youth ministry and Catholic identity. 

 

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