Thu. Oct 22nd, 2020

50 Years Ago

Archbishop Thomas J. Toolen blessed and dedicated the new St. Bede the Venerable Parish Church in Montgomery. Msgr. Joseph G. McArdle was pastor and Rev. Robert W. Fulton assistant pastor.

Two former students of Convent of Mercy, Commissioner Arthur Outlaw and Dr. A. Hays Zieman, were pictured making contributions to Sister Bernadette McAtee, RSM., for the construction of a new home on Bit and Spur Road for the Sisters of Mercy, in Mobile.

An announcement by Archbishop Toolen for approval of Masses for special gatherings for small groups in the diocese, along with special instructions regulating the Masses was made.

Sister Anita, D.C., chairman of the Board of Directors of Providence Hospital in Mobile, was pictured congratulating Maurice Revere on his 50 years of service to the hospital. He was presented a color TV set.

Brother Foster, S.C., principal, announced that eight McGill Institute students qualified for National Merit Scholarships. The students were: James Backes, James Browning, Michael Cochran, Richard Hardy, Joseph Kelly, Van Koppersmith, Noel Nelson and Joseph Stadther.


25 Years Ago

Archbishop Oscar H. Lipscomb named H. F. Tige Marston as the Catholic Cemetery of Mobile’s new director of development.

Mrs. William H. McDonough, auxiliary president of St. Mary’s Home, announced that Mrs. Eric B. Anderson would be general chairman of the annual card party luncheon held at the home.

Sister Leona Blubaugh, D.C., who served at St. Mary’s Home from 1924 until 1987 died in Evansville, Ind., on Aug. 27, 1994.

Little Sisters of the Poor Mobile resident, Odina Lamoureux, celebrated her 105th birthday and to her delight was recognized on national television by Willard Scott.

Archbishop Oscar Lipscomb blessed the new Catholic Social Services thrift shop in Robertsdale.

Little Flower School second-grade teacher, Mrs. Janet Lawrence, was elected by Mobile 2000 as outstanding teacher of the year for 1994.

The Rev. Columban Geerken, O.S.B., a member of St. Bernard Abbey since 1947 died. Fr. Geerken’s assignments included serving as rector of St. Bernard Seminary, Cullman and Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans and pastor of St. Joseph Church, Florence and St. Bartholomew Church, Elberta.

Mrs. Richard Bosch, ACCW president of Montgomery and member of St. Bede Parish, announced the theme of the 59th annual ACCW Convention would be “Our Faith-Our Father.” The ladies of Dothan Deanery Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women hosted the annual event.

The fourth installation of officers of the Robert E. Lee Fourth Degree Assembly of the Knights of Columbus were installed by District Master and Past State Deputy, Sir Knight Michael N. Renda. Faithful Navigator, Sir Manny Venegas, was master of ceremonies of the event that took place in the Msgr. John O’Hara Parish Hall of St. Columba Parish, Dothan.

The  Class of 1939 from Convent of Mercy celebrated their 55th anniversary at Orange Beach. Attending were: Rita Hardin Staples, Helen Lloyd Fitzgerald, Denise Burns Stein, Elizabeth Metzger Anderson, Ekie Flynn Hayes, Margaret McCarron Clarke, Vivian Cunill, Margaret Hyde Broach and Marie Anania Giattina.

Anne Baggett compiles information for Looking Back from past issues of this newspaper. Anne is a member of St. Mary Parish in Mobile.



By Editor

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