50 Years Ago
Mr. Hugh Weeks and Mr. Stanley Weeks were named co-chairmen of St. John’s annual Lawn Festival at Magnolia Springs.
McGill-Toolen Concert Band, under the direction of Holcombe Pryor, was chosen by all three judges at the district meeting to compete in the State Contest.
Mother Mary Mission under Coach Brother Richard in Holy Trinity was tops in Bi-City Basketball, finishing the season undefeated. The team was led by Norman Sims, Norman Williams and Lonnie Luckesson.
Spring Hill College Honors Convocation was held with the following Mobile students designated Summa Cum Laude: Linda D. Adler, James M. Backes, William J. Croskrey, Joseph M. Elixon, Carolyn Fox, Arthur S. Goldfinger, Walter D. Harris, Frederick L. Hemphill, Stephen G. Lauten, Michael E. May, Virginia C. Perry, Christopher E. Peters, Daniel E. Reimer, Johanna C. Skelton, Mary M. Trigg, Victor J. Walsh and Stephen J. Zeitz.
Patti Mungennst, a student at Montgomery Catholic High, won the state championship for her speech on “Freedom’s Challenge” sponsored by V.F.W.
Students from Mobile grammar schools were presented “A Music Festival” at McGill’s Portier Center.
The Mobile chapter of the Catholic Alumni Club was formed in Mobile for college graduates and nurses.
Melanie Plair, student at Most Pure Heart of Mary School, was the winner of the Mobile Parochial School’s Spelling Contest.
Bishop Toolen High Chapter of the Junior Classical League attended the Latin State Convention in Selma.
25 Years Ago
History was made at St. Bede the Venerable Church, Montgomery, with a first visit to the Capital City by a prince of the Church, His Eminence James Cardinal Hickey, Archbishop of Washington. Cardinal Hickey was the principal celebrant of the Mass for the induction of the officers of the newly organized Montgomery Serra Club.
Sister Helen Henken, M.S.B.T., made her perpetual vows as a Missionary Servant of the Blessed Trinity at the Motherhouse in Philadelphia.
McGill-Toolen student Tara Miller was elected State President of the Alabama Scholastic Press.
McGill-Toolen basketball player Michael Floyd was named MVP for Mobile County 6A Boys Basketball for the second year in a row.
Coach Maurice Bailey was named head coach of Montgomery Catholic High’s basketball team replacing retired Coach Leon Ford.
Named to All-State Band were McGill-Toolen students Beth Merritt and Martha Thornton, seniors; Sara Beaverstock, Shelia McGill, Jessica Patrick, Jenny Rice and Angela Rockhold, juniors; and Andrea Thornton, freshman.
Pope John Paul II named Auxiliary Bishop David E. Foley of Richmond, Va., as third bishop of Birmingham. He succeeded Bishop Raymond J. Boland.
Fr. Fergus Prendergast was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Oscar H. Lipscomb at St. Brendan’s Cathedral in Loughrae, County Galway, Ireland, to serve the Archdiocese of Mobile.
Very Rev. Brian Regan was homilist at the Mass for the St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Mobile.
Emma-Betty Sankoorikal was named a semifinalist in the 1994 Presidential Scholars Program.
—Anne Baggett compiles information for Looking Back from past issues of this newspaper. Anne is a member of St. Mary Parish in Mobile.