50 Years Ago
Four south Alabama laymen were named by Bishop John L. May to chair the Catholic Charities Expansion Program Drive: Larry C. McGinn and George Azar, Montgomery and J. Lanaux Marston and Edward J. Roh of Mobile.
Bishop John L. May spoke to the local Kiwanis Club on the topic of Christmas. Charles Rehm presided at the meeting.
Little Flower Parish, Mobile, elected Holy Name officers: Green T. Waggener, president; Dr. Horace Holley, vice president; Louis Halter, secretary; Preston Albert, treasurer; and Vernon Broadway, marshall.
Ladies Auxiliary, Knights of Peter Claver new officers were: Mrs. Beatrice Carter, Grand Lady; Mrs. Delores Battle, Vice Grand Lady; Mrs. Frances Perris, recording secretary; Mrs. Olivette Clarke, financial secretary; and Mrs. Voncile Perkins, treasurer.
Dr. Nick C. Nicholas was elected president of the medial staff of Providence Hospital.
St. Patrick Parish, Phenix City, established a parish council. Officers elected were: Paul J. Miller, president; Dr. Harold Rogers, vice president; Mrs. Rosalie B. Beach, secretary; and Fr. Gerald D. Conroy, C.M., treasurer – ex officio.
The Brothers of the Sacred Heart contracted with St. Paul’s Day School for the $315,000 purchase of the Sacred Heart Scholasticate located near Spring Hill College.
25 Years Ago
Pope John Paul II was named Time magazine “Man of the Year” calling him “a moral compass for believers and non-believers alike.”
Mrs. Joan Browning of St. Lawrence Parish, Fairhope, was named archdiocesan chairperson of the 1995 Catholic Charities Appeal by Fr. Bill Skoneki, director.
Archbishop Oscar H. Lipscomb assisted by Bryant Baggett, blessed the tree at the annual tree lighting ceremonies at Providence Hospital. Planners for the “Light Up a Heart of Someone You Love” ceremonies were Providence Hospital Auxiliary members Annette Thompson and Vivian Parden, co-chairmen. Nancy Campbell was auxiliary president and Mary Ann Fessenmeier, auxiliary director. Sister Elise Boudreaux, D.C. served as CEO of Providence Hospital.
Kathleen Reilly was presented the Teacher of the Year Award at the annual teachers appreciation luncheon sponsored by the PTO at McGill-Toolen High.
The Social Action Committee of the Spring Hill Avenue Temple held its sixth annual Pinch Hitter Program at Providence Hospital and other hospitals in the Mobile area on Christmas Day. The project involved members of Spring Hill Avenue Temple and Ahavas Chesed congregations who relieved nonmedical staff so that they could spend Christmas Day at home with their families.
Sister Mary de Sales Soucy, V.H.M. died in a Mobile nursing facility. Sister had come to the Visitation Monastery in Mobile in 1957.
Deanery chairpersons for the 1995 Catholic Charities Appeal named by Fr. Bill Skoneki, director, were: Terry Ingalls, Dothan Deanery; Mary S. Zoghby, Mobile Deanery; Michael Castanza, Montgomery Deanery; and R. Timothy “Tim” Russell, Baldwin Escambia Deanery.
Daniel S. Cyphert, director of mathematics at Spring Hill College was selected for “Who’s Who Among American Teachers.”
—Anne Baggett compiles information for Looking Back from past issues of this newspaper. Anne is a member of St. Mary Parish in Mobile.