50 Years Ago
Archbishop Thomas J. Toolen celebrated 58 years in the priesthood. He had served as bishop for 41 years.
The Annual Red Mass for lawyers in Mobile was celebrated by Archbishop Toolen at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Pictured with Archbishop Toolen were presiding Mobile Circuit Judge Robert T. Erwin, Maurice Casey Downing, president of the St. Thomas More Catholic Lawyers Guild and Circuit Judge Daniel T. McCall.
Mrs. Arnold J. Dupree was installed president of the Little Flower Altar Society by Bishop Joseph Vath, pastor. Other officers were: Mrs. Karl E. Henriksen, vice president; Mrs. Oliver A. Teiler, secretary; and Mrs. Eugene Dumas, treasurer.
Heading the slate of officers of the St. Bede PTA were James Sadie, president; Mrs. Ronald Beasley, vice president; and Mrs. Lawrence Buckley, treasurer.
Nationally known columnist, radio commentator and lecturer Rev. Daniel Lyons, S.J., was the banquet speaker at the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s convention at the Admiral Semmes Hotel, Mobile.
New officers of St. Patrick Sodality of Phenix City were: Dorothy Byrnes, president; Agnes Miller, vice president; Margaret Gloyd, secretary; and Ellen Conner, treasurer.
Elected officers of the Mobile District, D.C.C.W. were Mrs. J. Frank Jones, president; Mrs. J. Kenny Crow, 1st vice president; Mrs. Joseph M. Bolton, 2nd vice president; Mrs. Stanley Robinson, 3rd vice president; Mrs. John D. Paulk, recording secretary; Mrs. Frank J. Knippel, treasurer; Mrs. Fred Wheeler, auditor; and Mrs. A. J. Amos, parliamentarian.
Installation of three councils of the Knights of Columbus were held at Bishop Portier Council 3565 with election of Grand Knights Andrew Porrous, 3565; Stan Baghi, 4868; and Bernard Diamond, 4666.
25 Years Ago
In addition to many others, Catholic Social Services worked around the clock providing counseling services, clothing and other personal items to victims of the Amtrak Rail Disaster in Bayou Sara in north Mobile. Catholic clergy and other religious leaders provided hope and solace in what was deemed at the time Amtrak’s worst rail disaster in history.
A Day of Renewal was held at Our Lady Queen of Mercy, Montgomery. Corrine O’Connor, Fr. Emil LaFranz and Deacon Jerry O’Connor spoke on the theme “Turn to Me … I Call Your Name.”
Officers of the Over 55 Club at Holy Family Parish, Mobile, were: Jewel Jackson, president; Georgia Griffin, vice president; Joe Dust, treasurer; and Lois Williams, secretary.
Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Oscar H. Lipscomb at St. Mary Parish for 150 catechists serving the Archdiocese of Mobile. Special recognition was given to Sr. Maureen Kennedy, O.P., Sr. Patsy Guyton, S.F.C.C. and Sr. Josette Capozzi, S.S.J., for a decade of service in catechists.
Owen Lyons and Meredith Stricklane, seniors at Montgomery Catholic High, were named National Merit Semi-Finalists.
Adams and Reese, legal counsel for the archdiocese, was one of five businesses in the nation to receive the 1993 Award for Excellence in Corporate Community Service.
The archdiocese announced that 23 men were studying for the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Mobile. Fr. Mark I. Neske served as Archdiocesan Director of Vocations.
Rev. Christopher Viscardi, S.J., rector of the Spring Hill College Jesuit Community, presented a check for $100,000 to Spring Hill College President William J. Rewak, S.J. The Jesuit Community contributed a total of more than $1.4 million to the college in a 10-year period.
— Anne Baggett compiles information for Looking Back from past issues of this newspaper. Anne is a member of St. Mary Parish in Mobile.