By: Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9725-12/7/17

The Right Reverend Oscar C. Burnett, seventh abbot of Belmont Abbey, died peacefully in the Lord, on Tuesday evening, November 21, 2017.


His body was received at 7 p.m. Friday evening, November 24, 2017, at Vespers in the Basilica of Our Lady, Help of Christians at Belmont Abbey in Belmont. The public funeral Mass was celebrated in the basilica at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 25, with interment following in the Abbey cemetery.


By: Barbara D. King
Originally Appeared in : 9722-10/26/17

Two bishops from Georgia and one from Florida have reiterated their opposition to the death penalty following the resolution of a court case involving the murder of a priest.


On Oct. 18 in the Burke County Courthouse in Waynesboro, Steven James Murray pleaded guilty to the murder of Father Rene Robert, thus taking the death penalty off the table. He will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.


By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9722-10/26/17

REIDSVILLE—The seeds that Father Michael H. Smith planted in the Catholic community of Georgia State Prison (GSP) will continue to grow, thanks to the addition of his name on the prison chapel’s Wall of Remembrance. 


That is what Father Smith would have wanted his legacy to be, Deacon Jim Hunt, prison coordinator for the Diocese of Savannah, said during an Oct. 16 memorial service at the institution. 


By: Submitted by Jo Soparas
Originally Appeared in : 9722-10/26/17

During the weekend of Oct. 6-8, permanent deacons of the Savannah Diocese and their wives gathered at Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge in Helena for their annual retreat. 


The retreat leaders, from Faith on Fire Ministry and International Liturgy Publications, were Vince Abrosetti, a well- known musician, retreat leader, and publisher; Father Ken Beale also a musician and composer and retired Air Force Chaplain; and Deacon Jerry Ziemklewicz.


By: Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9721-10/12/17

The 17th annual Social Apostolate Open Golf Tournament, the biggest fundraiser of the year, will be held November 6, 9:00 AM on the Marshwood course at the Landings located on Skidaway Island. 


The Social Apostolate serves approximately 16,000 soup kitchen meals annually, and provides showers for the homeless. In 2016 the Social Apostolate served 4,461 clients with over 24,000 distinct services. 


By: Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9721-10/12/17

Sister Noreen Dennehy was born on November 19, 1920 to John Dennehy and Mary Ann O’Brien, in Mauntenane, Killoughlin, Co. Kerry, Ireland. She had three brothers and three sisters: Margaret, Michael, Patrick, Nancy, Bernadette and John.


By: Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9721-10/12/17

Sister Estelle Barron (Catherine Mary) was born November 22, 1919, in County Tipperary, Ireland, to Christopher and Margaret Barron. She had two brothers, Kevin and Paddy and four sisters, Evelyn, Betty, Pearl and Bernadette. 


By: Southern Cross Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9714-7/6/17

 Father Samuel Zebron, OFM Conv., 84, who served in the Diocese of Savannah for several years, died June 19 in Boynton Beach, Florida. 


In 1997 Franciscan Father Zebron was named pastor of Saint Joseph Church in Augusta. He was transferred to Holy Spirit Parish in Macon in 1999.


By: Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9710-5/11/17

Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) grants of $2000 for local projects that address structural change, especially in the area of health care, and that empower human development were awarded to the following organizations in 2017: 


By: Michael J. Johnson
Originally Appeared in : 9705-3/2/17

More than 100 representatives of diocesan offices for the Protection of Children and Young People from across the U.S. were in attendance at the Child and Youth Protection Catholic Leadership Conference (CYPCLC) in Savannah February 26-28.



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