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.

By: Rita H. DeLorme
Originally Appeared in : 9817-8/16/18

The grotto located behind the Catholic Pastoral Center in Savannah is paved with as many memories as it is with stones. Possibly unfamiliar now to those who work at the Center, it may still be recalled by some “children,” older adults, who resided at the Victory Drive facility when the Center was St. Mary’s Home, a residential home for girls of the Savannah-Atlanta Diocese, operated by the Sisters of Mercy.


By: Rita H. DeLorme
Originally Appeared in : 9816-8/2/18

Born in Norwich, Connecticut on November 22, 1856, Michael J. Byrne probably had no idea of the career(s) he would follow throughout his life. Early on, he wanted to be a priest, but that dream ended when his preceptor at St. Paul’s Preparatory School in Pittsburgh told him he should seek another vocation in life.


By: Rita H. DeLorme
Originally Appeared in : 9815-7/19/18

There was a time when the St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) only had male members. Since then, much has changed in the world and in the perception of many organizations, including churches. What has not changed are the needs of the poor, who -- as Jesus said, will always be with us. SVP has a long history of helping those in need. Its good works began way back in 1833. Today, it perseveres in doing good works in countries throughout the world. Those lucky enough to be members of the Society of St.

By: Rita H. DeLorme
Originally Appeared in : 9814-7/5/18

“Mind the steps, Rita,” my grandmother said as we moved up the stairs of Savannah’s old St. Patrick’s Church. My grandmother must have been desperate for company because I was too young at that time for her to have much hope of controlling me if I got rambunctious. At over 200 pounds, she was mostly afraid she might fall on me and hurt me. Well, we both survived for many more years, but St. Patrick’s Church, beloved by the “Old Fort Irish” of Savannah, was on the way out, though no one realized it until after a hurricane hit the Georgia coast in August 1940, and tore off half of St.

By: Rita H. DeLorme
Originally Appeared in : 9813-6/21/18

Father Patrick J. Peyton didn’t originate the saying, “The family that prays, together stays together” in the late 1940s when the Family Rosary Crusade began, though he might as well have. Certainly, the devout, Irish-born priest now up for sainthood had a profound effect on laity and religious alike when he began his dedicated campaign to encourage families throughout the world to take time each day to pray together and, especially, to say the rosary.


By: Rita H. DeLorme
Originally Appeared in : 9811-5/24/18

He had what might be called the “misfortune” of following one dynamic, colorful Savannah prelate (Bishop Benjamin J. Keiley) and of preceding yet another equally memorable one, Bishop Gerald P. O’Hara. A lesser man might have felt challenged.



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