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By: Rita H. DeLorme
Originally Appeared in : 9719-9/14/17

On September 11, 1959, when it officially opened with a Mass of the Holy Spirit, Saint John Vianney Minor Seminary located at Grimball’s Point on the Isle of Hope in Savannah, was termed by Most Father Thomas J. McDonough, the Auxiliary Bishop of Savannah, “the answer to prayers” for vocations to the priesthood. Few seminarians studying elsewhere to be priests of the Savannah Diocese were native Georgians. What Bishop McDonough wanted was a number of homegrown seminarians preparing to serve in the Diocese of Savannah.

By: Ellen Mongan
Originally Appeared in : 9718-8/31/17

The Georgia Right to Life dinner, “Southern Evening of Prayer, “was held at Aquinas High School, on August 19, 2017.  The first speaker, Gary Garner, author of “Swept up in the Spirit,” said that he was grabbed by the hand of God, and called to stand for the least of our brothers, the unborn.  Gary spoke about the deception women believe about abortion. He gave us a bird’s eye view of what often goes on behind the closed doors of abortion clinics.  A mother may leave her murdered baby behind, but the memory remains.

By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9718-8/31/17

Americus--Ten years ago, Dick and Peggy Minor, now parents of three, realized that the secret to having a perfect family is to remember that families are completed not by man on his time or terms but rather with the help of the Holy Spirit.

 

After trying to conceive for eight years, Peggy miscarried twin boys approximately three months before her due date. When told that another pregnancy was out of the question, the Minors were understandably upset.

 

“It was heart-wrenching,” Peggy Minor said. 

 

By: Rita DeLorme
Originally Appeared in : 9718-8/31/17

It was simple enough in the old days: “Why did God make you?”

 

"He made me to know him and love him and serve him in this world and to be happy with him in the next.”

 

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.  

 

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