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.


By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9806-3/15/18

For one week in May, uninsured and underinsured residents in a large portion of Southeast Georgia and its surrounding areas will have the opportunity to receive free health, dental, vision and veterinary care, thanks to the St. Joseph’s/Candler (SJ/C) health system, Georgia Southern University and the Department of Defense’s Innovative Readiness Training program.


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: Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9804-2/15/18

Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer OFM Conv., embraces Sister Pauline O’Brien, MFIC,  (bottom left) and Sister Anna Bridget Kearns, CSJ (bottom right) while congratulating them on their 50 and 70 years of reception as religious, respectively, February 3 in St. Mary’s Chapel at the Catholic Pastoral Center in Savannah during a Mass celebrating religious jubilees as well as the World Day of Consecrated Life.

By: Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9802-1/18/18

SAVANNAH--St. Frances Cabrini School, a Catholic elementary school, will close at the end of the current school year due to a decline in enrollment.


The announcement was made by the Diocese of Savannah, which operates the school located at 11500 Middleground Road in Savannah.


With a steady decline in enrollment at the school over the past six years, St. Frances Cabrini Parish has been unable to manage the financial impact of the decrease in tuition collection. 


By: Michael J. Johnson
Originally Appeared in : 9716-8/3/17

Savannah--Rowing an 18-foot-long open canoe solo along the Intercoastal Waterway from Miami, Florida to New York, New York Greg Dougherty hopes to draw attention to the Centennial of the Marian apparitions at Fatima. His 1,400-mile nautical pilgrimage began June 13.

See video here

The craft named the Santa Maria de Fatima packed with bags of food, clothes, emergency gear and a statue of Our Lady of Fatima looks both cramped and small for such a long voyage.


By: Timothy L. Williams
Originally Appeared in : 9715-7/20/17

For three days every July 14, 15, and 16, Our Lady of Confidence Carmelite Monastery in Savannah opens its doors and invites the public to prepare for and celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.


The following is adapted from a video ( produced by diocesan videographer Timothy L. Williams about the event. Williams spoke with Sister Carmela Marolda about the importance of this feast and of Mary to the Carmelite Order.


By: Sheryl Cohen
Originally Appeared in : 9708-4/13/17

Thirty-eight years is a long time to do anything. At 73 years old, Helen Beddow can relate to that. Since 1979, Helen has been the organist and music director at Saint James Catholic Church in Savannah. Her almost four-decades came to an end on March 26 when Helen led the music at all four weekend Masses for the last time.

By: Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv.
Originally Appeared in : 9708-4/13/17

Following is the homily Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM. Conv., gave March 29 at the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Savannah during the diocese’s first Lenten prayer service for survivors of abuse.


The suffering of the innocent has mystified and bewildered people of Faith long before Isaiah the Prophet wrote the moving description of God’s suffering Servant that we just heard in our first reading.


By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9706-3/16/17

SAVANNAH—At many workplaces, religion is as taboo as politics.


But as the 20 professionals who graduated from the first two Catholic Charities Leadership Classes have learned, it doesn’t have to be. 


There are ways to incorporate faith and various aspects of Catholic social teaching into a professional life so that as guest speaker Father Pablo Migone remarked, there is a harmony between the two. 



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