By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9821-10/11/18

The U.S. Department of Education has recognized St. James School in Savannah as one of its 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools, an honor last granted to a diocean school, St. Francis Xavier School in Brunswick, in 2009. 


Nominated on the basis of its high academic excellence, St. James School attained English and mathematics standardized test scores in the top 15 percent last year.


By: Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9818-8/30/18

With a voice full of joy and conviction, Sister Kelly Ann Williams, RSM, pronounced her first vows as a Sister of Mercy of the Americas on July 28. After four years of formation and learning to be a Sister of Mercy in various places in the United States, Sister Williams made vows of chastity, poverty, obedience and service of the poor, sick and ignorant, the vows Sisters of Mercy have made for over 175 years. About 300 Sisters of Mercy and associates joined her family, friends and parishioners of Sacred Heart Parish in Biloxi to celebrate the event.


By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9814-7/5/18

SAVANNAH--Having lived in South since he was 18 years old, Father Sidney Speaks is not unfamiliar with its culture and customs nor with its tradition of Southern hospitality.


Yet what left the biggest impression on this priest, invited to be the guest speaker at the diocesan Office of Black Catholic Ministry’s 2018 revival June 25-27, is how willingly locals in this “missionary-minded” diocese share their faith. 


By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9814-7/5/18

Blessed Sacrament Church is the latest parish in the diocese to provide a dedicated space for Catholics to spend time in prayer before Jesus, letting his presence transform their bodies and souls.


By: Claire Wong
Originally Appeared in : 9813-6/21/18

Gathered to ask for God’s care on all who work and walk through the doors of the Savannah Care Center (SCC), volunteers, supporters, and guests joined in prayer as Father Daniel Firmin, pastor of St. James Church in Savannah, rededicated and blessed the facility May 31. 


Father Firmin prayed for God’s blessing and protection upon all who care for and enter the facility seeking assistance with unplanned pregnancy decisions. More than 40 individuals involved in Respect Life ministry in and around the Diocese of Savannah attended. 


By: Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9813-6/7/18

Savannah--St. Frances Cabrini School in Savannah ended its final school year May 30, 18 years after its first pre-K and kindergarten students walked its halls and nine years after its first class of eighth grade students graduated.


By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9811-5/24/18

SAVANNAH and GARDEN CITY-- Over the course of nine days, more than 9000 patients received free medical, dental, ophthalmological and/or veterinary care as part of Operation Empower Health —Greater Savannah.


The true impact that the initiative— a joint effort between the St. Joseph’s/Candler health system, Georgia Southern University and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)— had on the surrounding community can’t, however, solely be accessed by the number of patients and animals examined or even by the 26,000–plus procedures performed on them.


By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9811-5/24/18

SAVANNAH--At the invitation of its pastor, Sacred Heart Church invited  The Vigil Project to Savannah to lead the parish’s Pentecost retreat May 17-18. (Above, The Vigil Project performs at Sacred Heart.)


By: Noell Barnidge
Originally Appeared in : 9807-3/29/18

Savannah--Students at more than 3,000 schools throughout the United States planned a national walkout, exactly one month after the deadly massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.


At Benedictine Military School in Savannah, the Cadets, led by senior Ahmed Awad and his fellow Student Council officers, honored and prayed for the 17 teenagers and teachers who were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.


By: Michael J. Johnson
Originally Appeared in : 9806-3/15/18

Ask Craig Harney when he became Catholic and he will tell you it was the day he shook Monsignor Daniel Bourke’s hand. “It will just become official,” he said, “at the Easter Vigil.”
Harney will be among those who join the church in the Cathedral at Saint John the Baptist Parish, Savannah.



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