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: 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: 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. 


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