50 Years Ago
Bishop Joseph Vath blessed the Mural of the Resurrection of Christ at Resurrection Catholic Center in Montgomery. It was under the leadership of Very Rev. John Grabowski, C.R. that the Catholic Center was originally planned.
Diplomas were awarded to 16 student nurses of St. Jude School of Practical Nursing in Montgomery by Msgr. Paul J. Mullaney, director of the City of St. Jude.
John J. Anderson was appointed the first lay minister of Catholic Boys Home in Mobile.
Mike Baxley, Jerry Smith and Jim Browning were featured soloists at McGill’s Concert Band annual performance.
Sister Elise Boudreau, D.C., was appointed Provincial Superior of the newly-formed East Central Province of the Daughters of Charity, which included Mobile’s Providence Hospital, St. James School, Prichard, Allen Memorial Home and St. Mary’s Home.
Barbara Maull, Spring Hill College freshman and a native of Montgomery, had a leading part in Joe Jefferson’s production of the musical “Sweet Charity.”
Catholic Junior High Schools of the Phenix City area created a new basketball league. Dennis Hartman led St. Peter Claver to the first win in the league with 10 points in a 26-20 win over St. Patrick.
St. Mary’s Home Auxiliary elected the following officers: Mrs. Weems Dorn, president; Mrs. George Callahan, first vice president; Mrs. Frank A. Baxley, second vice president; Mrs. M. F. Primeaux, treasurer; Mrs. Frank Knippel, recording secretary; Mrs. Joseph D. Quinlivan, corresponding secretary; Mrs. Charles H. McKinney, Jr., historian; and Mrs. F. D. Moorer, parliamentarian.
Ads featured six cans Green Giant vegetables for $1; 24 oz. jar of peanut butter, 65 cents; Kraft mayonnaise (quart), 65 cents; bread, four loaves for $1 and apples, 3 lbs. for 49 cents.
25 Years Ago
Theme of the Catholic Charities Appeal was “Change Lives …Give.”
Father Thomas R. McKenna, S.S.J. died in Canada. He served as pastor of Christ the King Parish, Daphne from 1962-64.
McGill-Toolen science teacher Sue Evans was recognized by the Rotary Club of Downtown as Outstanding Teacher of the Year.
The Little Flower community held principal appreciation and tribute day. Fr. Mark Neske, pastor, presented the honor to Sister Mary Joyce Bringer, S.S.T at a special ceremony in her home.
Priscilla Berry was named head coordinator of the Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Chapel on the campus of Queen of Mercy Parish, Montgomery.
Sister Venantia Flanagan, O. P., who taught at St. Thomas the Apostle School, Chickasaw, died in Dubuque, Iowa.
Dr. Thomas L. Doyle, Acting Vicar for Education, presented a seminar on Long Range Planning to members of the St. Ignatius Board and Parish Council.
Elected officers of St. Mary’s Home were: Valerie McDonough, president; Elizabeth Anderson, first vice president; Catherine Cooney, second vice president; Vernice Spotswood, parliamentarian; Josephine Bronald, treasurer; Katherine McKeever, recording secretary; Marion Johnson, historian; and Hazel Largay, corresponding secretary.
Elected officers of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council were: George Vella, chairman, Corpus Christi Parish, Mobile; Mary Nell Pecot, vice chairwoman, Holy Spirit Parish, Montgomery; Mary Hoizaepfel, secretary, St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Mobile.
Dr. Richard Duffey spoke to students at McGill-Toolen prior to the Pro-Life Mass, urging them to take a stand for the sacredness of life.
—Anne Baggett compiles information for Looking Back from past issues of this newspaper. Anne is a member of St. Mary Parish in Mobile.