Sister M. Alvin Seubott, RSM, Saint Mary's Home administrator, was advocate for children

Sister M. Alvin Seubott, RSM, administrator of Saint Mary’s Home in Savannah for 42 years, died peacefully early January 6 at Mercy Convent in Savannah.

Catholic bishops call on Georgia district attorney to remove the death penalty from case involving murdered priest

Three Catholic bishops from Florida and Georgia will hold an 11 a.m. joint news conference on Tuesday, January 31, at the Richmond County Courthouse in Augusta.

Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv. of the Diocese of Savannah, and Bishop Felipe J. Estévez of the Diocese of Saint Augustine are calling on Ashley Wright, district attorney for the Augusta Judicial Circuit, to reverse her decision to seek the death penalty in the case against Steven James Murray in the Superior Court of Burke County.

Diocese of Savannah Financial Statements: Years Ended June 30, 2016 and 2015

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Staff Photo Selects 2016

Every year thousands of photographs cross the editorial staff’s desks. After reviewing submitted and assigned work, hundreds appear in the pages of the Southern Cross. For this annual review each staff member was challenged to choose one published photo and briefly detail the reasons for choices. Please continue to submit your photographic work documenting our Catholic faith in South Georgia to


2016 cover contest winner

2016 Vocations essay contest winners



Isabel Calimlim, First Place $250
Blessed Sacrament School, Savannah

Annual vocation essay contest winners announced

On November 19, 2016, members of the St. John Vianney Vocation Ministries of Augusta and Savannah gathered in the Cathedral Parish Center to judge the 2016 Vocation Essay Contest.


Since the contest began 13 years ago, the group has tried to come up with topics that would motivate young people to think about the possibility of a priestly or religious vocation. Once again, this year’s topic was very challenging:


Tuition assistance grows with increased donations

Donations to G.R.A.C.E. Scholars, the annual Christmas Collection for Catholic Schools, and contributions to local parish and school initiatives provided $4,609,803 in tuition assistance for the 2016-2017 school year to students seeking a quality, Catholic education at one of 17 schools throughout the diocese. This distribution represents approximately 57 percent of the calculated financial need as reported by families, making Catholic education more affordable and accessible.

Francis X. Gartland Service Awards 2016 recipients


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