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Looking Back: July 2018

50 Years Ago
Auxiliary Bishop Joseph G. Vath blessed more than 100 boats at the Dauphin Island Interfaith Boat Blessing.
The inaugural Annual Nuns and Lay Teachers Day was held at Camp Cullen despite 25 inches of rain. More than 200 boy scouts attended. Marty Stapleton and John F. Kennedy of Troop 90 Holy Family Parish received the Ad Altare Dei Award at the event.
Fr. Louis Suffredini served as Port Chaplain available for spiritual guidance to seamen who needed help. The Catholic Maritime Club of Mobile has held its doors open 24 hours a day since 1945.
Susan Getty was welcomed by Msgr. Paul J. Mullaney, Director of City of St. Jude as she began volunteer work as teacher of the children’s section.
Knight Louis Bodden was named Knight of the Year of Knights of Columbus Council 666.
A concelebrated Mass of Requiem, with Auxiliary Bishop Vath as chief celebrant, was held at St. Andrew Church, Montgomery, for Rt. Rev. Malcolm John Rafferty.
Officers of Providence Hospital School Nursing Advisory Board were: Sheldon L. Morgan, chairman; Ray McGuire, vice chairman; and Mrs. George M. Haas, secretary.
Top honors at St. Margaret School of Nursing, Montgomery, graduation ceremonies went to Leo Paradas and Martha Jo Roberts.
Dedication of a five-story educational facility to house St. Margaret School of Nursing was held in Montgomery and blessed by Bishop Joseph Vath. Serving as Master of Ceremonies was Dr. A. E. Thomas, president of the medical staff.
Miss Patricia Burch was named to the Social Service staff at the City of St. Jude.
Mrs. Glenn Robertson was named chairman of the Montgomery Deanery, D.C.C.W. annual Evening of Games. Co-chairman was Mrs. Eleanor Mangold.

25 Years Ago
Pope John Paul II appointed Bishop Raymond J. Boland of Birmingham, as bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo.
The Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Mobile is one of the sponsors of “Outside the Dreams-Child Poverty in America,” a thought-provoking glimpse into the harsh reality.
McGill alumni Bobby Duke and Doug Wilson “awarded” Rev. Msgr. Oliver Adams a Wheaties box adorned with his ordination picture.
Blake Stein, sophomore pitcher for Spring Hill College was chosen as a Second Team Converse All-American for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Darin Irwin was named the Most Valuable Player Award of the St. Jude Pirates ’93 varsity basketball team. Natakelia McCollough was chosen Most Valuable Player of the girls’ varsity team.
Altar servers from Lillian Troop 48 of St. Bartholomew Parish awarded the Ad Altare Dei religious scout emblem were Johnathan French, Parker French, Matthew French, Todd Frank and Sam French. Scoutmaster was Leonard “Poppy” Collier. Pastor was Fr. Howard Moussier, O.S.B.
Christ the King School announced the NCEA Distinguished Graduate was awarded to Lynn Tate. The award was presented by Peggy Prichett, vice principal.
Erika Safford and her family of St. Lawrence Parish were selected as “Faith Alive Family of the Year.”
Through the generosity of the Little Sisters of the Poor, Melissa Hoffman of St. Mary Parish youth group, attended World Youth Day in Denver.
— Anne Baggett compiles information for Looking Back from past issues of this newspaper. Anne is a member of St. Mary Parish in Mobile.

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