50 Years Ago
Charles Henry Pafenbach was named administrative assistant and coordinator of federal programs to the diocesan superintendent of schools.
Mike Zietz, Spring Hill College senior, served as chairman of orientation activities at the college.
For the third time in the past two years, fire struck St. Dominic Church causing considerable damage.
William S. Carter was named assistant administrator of Providence Hospital.
Construction began on the new $126,000 rectory and parish hall at St. Peter Parish, Montgomery. Fr. Francis V. Cusack served as parish administrator.
Archbishop Thomas J. Toolen ordered the teaching of religion throughout the diocesan according to the “Guidelines for Teaching Religion” recently issued by the Province of Baltimore.
Sister Mary Vincent Walsh, a member of the Visitation Community, celebrated 60 years of service. Sister Mary was Mother Superior for three years and principal of Visitation Academy.
St. Margaret School of Nursing, Montgomery, began its 66th year.
First Saturday Mass was scheduled at the Holy Sepulcher Mausoleum in Catholic Cemetery in Mobile County.
25 Years Ago
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Bishop Laurence Raley, D.D., for Msgr. Joseph W. Lyons in Rhode Island. Fr. Patrick Gallagher of Mobile was homilist. A memorial Mass celebrated by Archbishop Oscar H. Lipscomb was held at St. Ignatius Church, Mobile, for all who knew and loved “Fr. Joe.”
World Youth Day Pilgrims from Mobile received a blessing from Archbishop Lipscomb as they departed on their journey to Denver.
Sister Isabel Neito, L.S.P., 91, died at the Sacred Heart Residence in Mobile.
More than 700 students attended Spring Hill College orientation as the College began its 163rd year.
Mobile native Victor Inge joined the Edmundite Missions Office public relations staff as assistant director for information.
Archbishop Oscar H. Lipscomb celebrated Mass onboard the visiting Knox Class training frigate, the USS Truett (FFT 1095), pierside at Naval Station Mobile.
Spring Hill College announced the selection of Joseph P. Niland, Jr. as new head basketball coach.
Mrs. Augusta Johnson was honored as the most senior alumna of Most Pure Heart of Mary School. She began classes there in 1904.
McGill-Toolen graduate Walter Bracewell was among the young people selected to welcome Pope John Paul II upon his arrival at the Denver Airport for World Youth Day.
— Anne Baggett compiles information for Looking Back from past issues of this newspaper. Anne is a member of St. Mary Parish in Mobile.