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By: Rita H. DeLorme
Originally Appeared in : 9808-4/12/18

Change is inevitable, even in the naming of a diocese. Like a child — evolving from infancy to maturity — who picks up nick-names along the way, the Catholic Diocese of Savannah has experienced its own name changes. Earlier, part of the Charleston Diocese, the Catholic Diocese of Savannah first stood officially on its own two feet in 1850. A bastion of Catholicity, it would hold onto both its premier position and its original name until the mid-1930s when new Bishop Gerald P. O’Hara recognized the potential of that up-and-coming city in Fulton County named Atlanta. 

 

By: Rita H. DeLorme
Originally Appeared in : 9807-3/29/18

One of the country’s youngest prelates in 1936 when he became bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Savannah, Gerald P. O’Hara soon had ideas of his own about educating Catholic boys during those early post-Depression Era years. Meanwhile, another dynamo, President Franklin D. Roosevelt already had similar plans, but on a national level. Through Roosevelt’s program, known as the Civilian Conservation Corps, young men of the 1930s could obtain employment by preserving national landmarks and public property.

By: Stephanie Braddy
Originally Appeared in : 9803-3/15/18

As an history major in college, I was fascinated by the stories and lives of people. Not just those of the nationally recognized figures, but the stories of everyday people that aren’t told in history books. When I decided to go back to school to earn my master’s degree, I knew I wanted to work in an archive, preserving and protecting the documents and artifacts that tell their stories. As I neared the end of my master’s program, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to take an internship and then volunteer position at the Diocese of Savannah Archive & Records Management Office.

By: Rita H. DeLorme
Originally Appeared in : 9804-2/15/18

The Diocese of Savannah’s Cemetery Preservation Society, still existing today, owes its origin to the efforts of then-archivist Gillian Brown, retired surgeon Frank Rizza, and others inspired to do something for it. Opened by first bishop, Francis X. Gartland when Catholics couldn’t obtain a separate burial section at Laurel Grove Cemetery, the cemetery is sanctified not only by graves of two bishops but also by those of countless priests and sisters who labored in the diocese.

 

By: Rita H. DeLorme
Originally Appeared in : 9802-1/18/17

When World War I ended, the science of “Boyology” began. Largely sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, “Boyology” had one chief goal: to produce men of good character who would keep the world away from evils that were sprouting up in the 1920’s post-war era. From one end of the United States to the other, the K. of C. was keeping a watchful eye on what was happening to American youth.

 

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: 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.

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