By: Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9903-1/31/19

Augusta native Sister Helene Therese of Jesus professed her first vows as a Carmelite Sister of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles Jan. 6, 2019, the Feast of the Epiphany.


In his homily, Father Donald Kinney, O.C.D, chaplain for the congregation, drew on a homily given by Pope Francis for the feast day in 2018. 


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

COLLINS--When Father Drew Larkin reminisces about the two summers he spent at Vocatio Dei vocation camp in his youth, he certainly remembers the fun and the intensity with which he and his peers devoted themselves to games like manhunt, a version of tag played at night. 


He remembers that on ordination years — when vocation camps were held at Camp Villa Marie in Savannah — the boys camp culminated with a trip to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist to watch eligible seminarians be ordained to the priesthood. 


By: Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9810-5/10/18


Fernando Paler,
First Place $750
Savannah Early College High School

By: Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9807-3/29/18

Photographs by Michael J. Johnson and Jessica L. Marsala. Additional photographs can be found here on our Smugmug gallery.

By: Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9806-3/15/18

The Diaconate Ordinations will take place on Saturday, May 19 at 9:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah.    Most Reverend Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv., Bishop of Savannah, will Ordain 2 Transitional Deacons and 11 Permanent Deacons. A reception will follow from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in Savannah at 2 West Bay Street.    


Transitional Deacons
Theodore Agba
Peter Lanshima


By: Peter Paolucci
Originally Appeared in : 9806-3/15/18

Last year, the Augusta Vocations Ministry heard a Vocations Director from another diocese on the EWTN “Vocation Boom” radio program comment on when young people think about or decide on a vocation. The Vocations Director was of the opinion that people initially start thinking about it in the 5th Grade and then think more about it in the 11th Grade.


By: Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9726-12/21/17

Question posed to 7th grade students throughout the Diocese of Savannah:  “What is your favorite memory of a priest or religious and how could that memory make you consider a vocation?”


Catholic School Winning Entries


Ava Kurtz, First Place $250
St. Anne-Pacelli School, Columbus

By: Peter Paolucci
Originally Appeared in : 9723-11/9/17

It has been 15 years since the Savannah Vocations Ministry was chartered as the Serra Club of Savannah. Looking back at our beginnings 15 years ago, at our organizing reception, Bishop J. Kevin Boland observed that there were 20 men then studying for the priesthood for the Diocese of Savannah and only one of them was a native of Savannah. “We must do something to produce more vocations from Savannah. I believe that prayer is the key to gaining more vocations here in Savannah.

By: Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9723-11/9/17

SAVANNAH--When Capuchin Poor Clare aspirant Jessica Schira was a young girl, her mother said that she once left home to go to church—without telling anyone. 


“She was really young to do that by herself,” said Carmen Sosa of her “really active, hyperactive” child, now 34 years old. 


At the time, Jessica lived with her maternal grandparents in the Dominican Republic while her mother lived and worked in the United States. 



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