50 Years Ago
Pope Paul VI accepted the resignation of Archbishop Thomas J. Toolen and named two successors — Most Rev. John L. May, auxiliary bishop of Chicago to the Mobile Diocese and Most Rev. Joseph G. Vath to the Birmingham Diocese. The state of Alabama was divided into two diocese with 39 counties in the Birmingham Diocese and 29 counties in the Mobile Diocese.
Sister Rose Marie Kinsella pronounced her solemn vows of Religious Profession at Mass celebrated at the Visitation Convent.
Michelle Calametti, Robin Hayes, Ethel Kern, Mary McCown, Angie Muscat, Nancy Richard and Kate Shreve were selected as Azalea Trail Maids representing Bishop Toolen High School.
Dr. J. A. Franklin marked 50 years of service as a member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Parish with Mass celebrated by Rev. Edward J. Lawler, S.S.J.
Twenty-four ladies, members of Drexel Court #1, Ladies Auxiliary, Knights of Peter Claver, were honored at a reception and presented Silver Certificates for 25 years of service. Lady Olivette Clark served as Mistress of Ceremonies.
New officers of the Montgomery Deanery DCCW were: Mrs. Wilbur W. Nicoll, president; Mrs. Edward P. Clark, first vice president; Mrs. Con Leo Kenny, second vice president; Mrs. Frank Makowski, third vice president; Mrs. Kitty Reckinback, secretary; and Mrs. Allen Q. Thames, treasurer.
Mrs. Joseph M. Bolton, vice president of Mobile District DCCW, served as Toastmistress at the convention banquet held in Birmingham. Banquet speaker was Dr. Angela Harper, assistant professor of Dunbarton College of Holy Cross in Washington.
25 Years Ago
McGill-Toolen High School Campaign Chairman J. Bradley Donaghey, President of McGill-Toolen Fr. W. Bry Shields and members of the steering committee announced The Centennial Campaign “Finding Roots-Gaining Wings” had a targeted goal of $2.25 million.
Msgr. Kevin R. Duignan and Msgr. James W. Oberkirc were among the 89 new Knights and Ladies of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Fr. Michael D. Kelly was among 122 men and women promoted to the rank of Knight Commander.
Kathleen Howley, a syndicated Catholic columnist with Living Word Syndicate, was announced as guest speaker for the 2B Emergency Pregnancy Center benefit in Mobile.
A Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated by Archbishop Oscar H. Lipscomb at the Dominican Monastery of St. Jude celebrating 50 years of service. Archbishop Lipscomb also blessed the newly renovated sanctuary.
Officers of the McGill-Toolen Computer Club were: Trey Blancher, president; Joey Hoffman, vice president; Ryan Marks, secretary; Sellers Meador, treasurer; James Stinsen, librarian; and Dominic Allen, sergeant at arms.
Former World War II Chaplain, Edmundite Fr. Earl Leroy Mayo, died at the Edmundite Missions House after a prolonged illness.
—Anne Baggett compiles information for Looking Back from past issues of this newspaper. Anne is a member of St. Mary Parish in Mobile.