50 Years Ago
Bishop John L. May gave the invocation for the nationally televised Senior Bowl held at Ladd Memorial Stadium in Mobile. McGill-Toolen High School Band, under the direction of William Holcombe Pryor, played for pregame and half-time shows.
An article announced the arrival of triplets on New Year’s Eve at the Providence Hospital. Haley, Holly and Hallet, identical girls for Rose and Hallet McDonough, Jr.
Rabbi David A. Baglinson addressed the fifth meeting of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine for high school Catholic Youth of Montgomery.
The new Convent of Mercy Home on Wimbledon Drive in Spring Hill was dedicated by Bishop John L. May.
Clergy appointments include: Rev. Msgr. Daniel P. Harnett and Rev. Msgr. Joseph G. McArdle named vicar general; Rev. Oscar H. Lipscomb, chancellor; Rev. James W. Oberkirch, vice chancellor; Rev. Msgr. Joseph G. McArdle, dean of the Montgomery Deanery; and Rev. John O’Hara, dean of the Dothan Deanery.
25 Years Ago
Archbishop Oscar H. Lipscomb was confronted at gun point by a would-be-robber near the back entrance of his Government Street residence.
The Archdiocese of Mobile contributed $2,960 to the crisis in Rwanda through Catholic Relief Services.
Sr. Dorothy Bronson, O.P., former teacher at Most Pure Heart of Mary School, died at the Dominican Motherhouse in Sinsinawa, Wis.
Corpus Christi Parish broke ground for the next phase of its master plan: a new gymnasium, new educational building and cafeteria. Fr. James Zoghby served as pastor. Finance chairperson was Gloria Cross and Tom Ollinger was contractor.
The Catholic Social Services announced that the 18th annual St. Valentine Celebration of Ministry Banquet would be emceed by Bob Grip, WALA TV anchorman and guest speaker would be Dr. Regina Benjamin of Bayou La Batre and a native of Daphne.
Catholic Charities Mobile District Chairpersons were Anthony Naman, Marie Martin, Natalie Risner, Maria Murry, Willie Bracy, Bradley Donaghey, Charles and Grace Rehm and Rev. Mr. William Dolan.
Baldwin Deanery Chairpersons for the Catholic Charities Appeal were Aloysius Schneider, Eileen Lazzari and Michael Allegri.
Rev. Fred Wolfe, pastor of Cottage Hill Baptist church, Mobile, and Dr. Phillip Madonia, obstetrician and member of Alabama Physicians for Life and St. Ignatius Parish, were the main speakers at Rally for Life held at the Municipal Park Pavilion.
WDHN TV, Dothan, was honored by the Christophers with an Outstanding Public Service Award for their “partnership in carrying the Christopher message of hope” to their audiences and the community at large. Fr. William Skoneki of the Archdiocese of Mobile, presented the award on behalf of the Christophers.
Montgomery Deanery Catholic Charities Chairpersons were Maurice Maloney, Paul Robitaille, Moses Clark, Nancy Goins and Michael Castanza.
—Anne Baggett compiles information for Looking Back from past issues of this newspaper. Anne is a member of St. Mary Parish in Mobile.