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November 2019

50 Years Ago

McGill Institute organized the Booster Club with the approval of Msgr. William R. Houck, superintendent of schools and Brother Foster, S.C., principal. Officers elected were: Dr. Andy Burch, president; Bernie Diamond, first vice president; John Calametti, second vice president; Larry McKinney, third vice president; Jack Friend, secretary; and Pat Kelly, treasurer.

Mrs. Jacqueline Engelbert was named the assistant director of Providence Hospital School of Nursing in Mobile.

Archbishop Thomas J. Toolen was named Honorary Chairman of the Catholic Charities Campaign, with Most Rev. Joseph G. Vath and Most Rev. John L. May, co-chairmen, of the statewide effort. All funds raised were to be retained in each individual diocese.

Herbert Noletto was elected President of the Mobile District Holy Name Union. Officers were: Leigh Breland, first vice president; Joseph Lipscomb, second vice president; Willie Jackson, third vice president; Anthony Naman, secretary; and William R. Dolan, treasurer.

Very Rev. Msgr. Oscar H. Lipscomb was homilist at All Souls Day Mass celebrated at the Catholic Cemetery in Mobile.

All Day Family Rosary was held in all parishes of the diocese for the eighth consecutive year.

McGill-Toolen Band won National Acclaim and was selected for presentation in the 1970 Who’s Who in the Music Field Edition of the “First Chair of America.”

Fr. Thomas D. Weise was named coordinator for the Catholic Charities Expansion Campaign.

Mobile Theater Guild’s mystery hit “Wait Until Dark” featured Jean Reiner, Dave Withers and Meme Lauten.

25 Years Ago

Fr. Thomas Weise was given a going away party by parishioners at St. Francis Xavier Parish before embarking on travels to Israel to study scripture and then to Washington, D.C. to work on a foundation for inner-city Catholic schools.

Spring Hill College celebrated the 80th birthday of Rev. Roy W. Vollenweider, S.J., lovingly known as “Chief” on campus with a bash. “Chief” has served on the SHC campus for 42 years.

Montgomery Catholic High School celebrated the 50th anniversary of the school football program by honoring the greatest players and coaches from the school’s history. The 52 honorees were presented during halftime as The Golden Anniversary Team.

The 60th Annual Christ the King celebration, started more than 60 years ago by Archbishop Thomas J. Toolen, was held at the Mobile Civic Center. Archbishop Oscar H. Lipscomb was main celebrant and homilist.

The Business and Industry Drive for Spring Hill College, chaired by J. Michael Druhan, raised more than $100,000 for the college.

Three Catholic communities, Sacred Heart Parish, Grove Hill; Visitation Mission, Jackson; and St. Joseph Mission, Thomasville celebrated Mass together marking a milestone of the Catholic Church in South Alabama. In 1944 Fr. Frank Giri became the first priest assigned to the area of Grove Hill.

St. Mary Parish, Mobile, Legion of Mary, marked 60 years of service to the parish. Mrs. Maureen Byrne was acting president.

The Drexel Society held its sixth Biennial Convention in Mobile with the Mobile members serving as hosts. The theme of the event was “Where He leads me, I will follow.”

The McGill-Toolen High School Energy Bowl Team of Kit Perrien, Binu-John Sankoorikal, Meg Demeranville, Sellors Meador, David Kondis, Brian Kane and Ashley Butler advanced to the state competition.

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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