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June 2019

50 Years Ago
Terry Alarcon, president of the Spring Hill College Student Government met with Alabama Gov. Albert Brewer on the part of the SGA to lead the fight across the nation against use of illegal narcotics.
The Visitation Sisters celebrated the Golden Anniversary of Sister Mary Genevieve Cashin, Sister Mary Monica Rodriquez and Sister Mary Baptista Burgus during Mass. The Cecilian Chorale, under the direction of Mrs. Jack Kaemmer, sang at the celebration.
N. L. Bodden was named to head the Third Degree of the Knights of Columbus #666 as Grand Knight.
About 100 scouts received pins from Msgr. J. T. O’Donoghue in ceremonies at St. Mary Parish inducting the scouts into the National Scouting Association.
About 67 seniors of St. Jude High School in Montgomery received diplomas from Bishop Joseph G. Vath at ceremonies held at St. Jude Church. Thomasina Rogers was Class Valedictorian.
A check for $4,000 was presented to Sister Scholastica, administrator of St. Margaret Hospital in Montgomery, by Mrs Robert Dobson, chairman and Mrs. Howard Vickers, co-chairman of the Pink Ladies Gift Shop.

25 Years Ago
Fr. Frank Sofie was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Oscar H. Lipscomb to serve the Archdiocese of Mobile. His first priestly assignment was associate pastor of St. Ignatius Parish, Mobile.
Ordained at St. Joseph Chapel, Spring Hill College to serve the Jesuit order were Fr. Steven Kimmons, S.J., Fr. Leo Leise, S.J. and Fr. Christopher Steck S.J.
Albert Frederick Schoher III, a member of Immaculate Conception Parish, Orrville, won the coveted Paul M. Grist Boy of the Year Award. It was the first time in the award’s 45-year history that it was won by a Catholic.
Fannie Flagg, actress, author and playwright gave the commencement address at the 164th graduation of Spring Hill College.
The 1994 McGill-Toolen girls’ golf team completed the season with 36 wins, 3 losses and a State Championship. Team members, coached by Tom Buhring, were Kinette Carrio, Amanda Mize, Leslie Brislin, Leigh Ankerson, Tricia Burch, Susanne Rehm, Katie Abreo and Meredith Baxley.
Author Msgr. Joseph M. Champlin led the retreat for the priests of the Archdiocese of Mobile annual retreat held at Spring Hill College.
Tom Germann of St. Joseph Parish, Prattville, was inducted as a member of the Executive Board of the National Association of Lay Ministry at the annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
Retiring educators at McGill-Toolen High, Mary Margaret “Peggy” Goff and Gerald K. “Pete” Banks, were honored by the school for a combined 83 years of service.
The Catholic Health Association of the United States announced that Mercy Medical was awarded a Silver Spirit Communications Award for its multimedia campaign “To Everything There is a Season.”
—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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