50 Years Ago
Eddie Stankey was guest speaker at the Catholic Men’s Breakfast Club meeting held at Visitation. He talked of his experiences with the Chicago White Sox and St. Louis Cardinals.
Fr. James J. Meginern, C.M., chairman of the Department of Theology, of St. John’s University was guest speaker at the Catholic Center in Auburn sponsored by the Catholic Students Association.
New Officers of St. Anne’s Guild of St. Peter Parish in Montgomery were: Mrs. Edward J. Kirsch, president; Mrs. Dorothy Gibbons, vice president; and Mrs. Peter B. Mastin, secretary/treasurer.
Sister Auerelia, D.C., presented a crucifix to be awarded to a lady for outstanding work performed and the winner was Mrs. Ned Reilly, president of the Ladies of Charity.
Fr. Thomas Donnelly, assistant pastor of St. Ignatius Parish, was the speaker for the Mobile District D.C.C.W. Day of Recollection at the Cathedral.
Al Jordan, real estate and insurance executive, was elected President of the Advisory Board Committee of the Montgomery Catholic Charities Bureau. Other officers were: Ed Wise, vice president; Mrs. Martha Duyfresner, secretary; and James Azar, treasurer.
John Conti received the Distinguished Service Award from Mr. Harry Hall, on behalf of the Dothan Chamber of Commerce.
Newly elected officers of the Bishop Toolen High School Alumnae were: Margaret Gayle Peters, president; Beverly Langan Pollman, vice president; Emma McAtee Koppersmith, recording secretary; and Sister Marian Alberta, sponsor.
Fr. Anthony Zoghby, pastor of Our Lady of Fatima, inaugurated a new community theater group called “The Theater Company of the South.”
25 Years Ago
Fr. Bill Skoneki, director of Catholic Charities, announced that the 1994 Catholic Charities Appeal raised $2,504,808 in pledges.
Fr. Douglas Clark, who was chosen to translated the Catechism of the Catholic church from French to English, was the keynote speaker at the Teachers; of the Mobile Archdiocese School meetings held in Mobile and Montgomery.
The Montgomery Area Perpetual Adoration Chapel opened on the campus of Our Lady Queen of Mercy. More than 300 attended.
Marie Bradley was crowned the 1994 Cathedral Place Mardi Gras Queen. Linda Zoghby sang to the queen and her audience.
Fr. John Aherne, V.G., presented plaques for the winners of the 1994 Catholic Social Services St. Valentine Awards to Joseph Bouchard and Ray Roser. The group award was presented to Kevin O’Brien, director of the Jesuit Volunteer Corp of the South.
Special awards were presented at the McGill-Toolen High Volunteer Luncheon: Joe Heinz, School Board Volunteer of the Year; Walter Verneuille, Alumni Volunteer; and Anne Walsh, PTO Volunteer.
Peter Histing, Chad Patterson, Emma Betty-Sankoorikal and Rob Watson were named National Merit Scholarship Finalists at McGill-Toolen.
Ecumenical delegates of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America visited Rome and attended an audience with Pope John Paul II. They were accompanied by Archbishop Oscar H. Lipscomb in his capacity as Chairman of the NCCB Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs.
Marla Mendez, a senior at Montgomery Catholic High, was selected to Who’s Who among American High School Students.
Alex Roberts, Georgette Fadalla and Bradley Sanders of McGill-Toolen High School attended the Youth Freedom and Leadership Conference in Valley Forge, Pa., sponsored by the Freedoms Foundation.
—Anne Baggett compiles information for Looking Back from past issues of this newspaper. Anne is a member of St. Mary Parish in Mobile.