Savannah

By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9823-11/8/18

SAVANNAH--Members of diverse faith communities gathered Oct. 30 at Congregation Agudath Achim in Savannah to commemorate the victims of the Oct. 27 attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pennsylvania.

 

Prompted by the shooting of eleven Jewish congregants at the synagogue in Pittsburgh, also known as the L’Simcha, the conservative congregation in Savannah welcomed both its Jewish and non-Jewish brothers and sisters to stand together in solidarity against the attack and other acts of religious intolerance. 

 

By: Michael J. Johnson
Originally Appeared in : 9823-11/8/18

SAVANNAH--"Faith takes discipline,“ said Kevin Iocovozzi. "Just like driving, there is a lot of information coming at you and you have learn to settle in and pay attention to what is important."

 

A 1979 graduate of Benedictine Military School in Savannah, Iocovozzi began racing cars about 10 years ago. He says, “I think every young boy thinks about going fast. Out here we go fast and are safe.” Drivers must attend and pass racing school before they can get a license to race. 

 

By: Michael J. Johnson
Originally Appeared in : 9823-11/8/18

As a purposeful means of attracting attention to what they considered the inequities created by the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act,  a dozen Catholic religious sisters set out on  a 21-state pilgrimage called “Nuns on a Bus.” The tour ended in Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, Nov. 2 prior to the mid term election on Nov. 6.

 

The tour stopped in Savannah on Oct. 30, and the sisters presented their case to about 40 people gathered at the ConneXion Methodist Church on  Skidaway Road in Savannah. 

 

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.

 

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