By: Photograph and text submitted by Nancy Schreck
Originally Appeared in : 9920-9/26/19

I was amazed to see in the Aug. 1 issue of the Southern Cross that the new altar at St. Teresa Church in Albany came from Mount de Chantal Academy in Wheeling, West Virginia.

By: Rita H. DeLorme
Originally Appeared in : 9914-7/4/19
A man of many talents, Patrick Walsh, a resident of Augusta who had emigrated with his parents from Ireland in the 1850s, was to fill many roles in his adopted country.  Walsh was an editor, a newspaper publisher and an active Catholic layman, to name only a few of his passions and interests. Perhaps Walsh’s most unique achievement was his founding of the Pacificator, the first Catholic newspaper (and only Confederate Catholic publication) during the Civil War.
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: 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: Rita H. DeLorme
Originally Appeared in : 9824-11/22/18
It is, of course, an old story. Members of my family often explained who the “Masons” were and why Catholics never joined that fraternal group. Neither my father, his brothers, or his Catholic co-workers could even consider becoming Masons. Why? The explanation was simple. They couldn’t become Masons without risking excommunication from the Catholic Church. Usually, the discussion went no further. Our parents were busy and, being average kids, we soon lost interest in the subject.
By: Rita H. DeLorme
Originally Appeared in : 9823-11/8/18

This much was known about him. He was killed in a practice lap for the 1908 Grand Prix Automobile Race held in Savannah.


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: 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.


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