social ministry

By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9914-7/4/19

One of the newest Pastoral Center employee, Cynthia Kinnis, learned a thing or two about keeping an army strong, first through volunteer work and later her paid employment in social services for the U.S. Department of the Defense.


By: Sister Pat Brown, SSMN
Originally Appeared in : 9914-7/4/19
in southern California’s Coachella Valley. Once part of an inland sea, it has been alternately a freshwater lake or an increasingly saline endorheic lake (like the Great Salt Lake) and dry desert basin. Driving up a single land sand trail to the top of one of the mountains, we encountered a fence and had to reverse very slowly into an area large enough to make a turn around. Hiking into the canyon trail we searched for the Painted Box Canyon only to give up, dehydrated and tired after ¾ of a mile.
By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9817-8/16/18

Much has been achieved since Catholic Charities of South Georgia– once known as the diocesan social apostolate—was established 50 years ago in 1968.


Current Director Sister Patricia Brown, SSMN, suggests, however, that the work of Catholic Charities is far from over, especially in the areas of education and socialization.


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

Though it has been through multiple changes in both name and leadership over the past 50 years, both the mission and vision of what is now known as Catholic Charities of South Georgia has largely remained the same as it was back in 1968.


That year, Bishop Gerard Louis Frey, D.D., the 11th bishop of the Diocese of Savannah, appointed Father William P. Dowling as director of social services. Father Dowling then established the first offices of the Diocesan Social Apostolate in Albany and Columbus, then later in Macon, Savannah and Augusta.


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