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By: Barbara D. King
Originally Appeared in : 9723-11/9/17

Emotion briefly overcame Father Charles Byrd during his homily commemorating the 420th anniversary of the martyrdom of Friar Pedro de Corpa and his four companions on October 24.

 

Standing on the spot on St. Catherines Island where two of the friars were murdered, the pastor of Our Lady of the Mountains Parish in Jasper, Georgia, said that a sixth friar who witnessed the tragedy refused to send word to the King of Spain of what he saw.

 

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: 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: 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: 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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