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The Diocese of Savannah was formed in 1850, comprising the entire state of Georgia and a large part of Florida. The Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist, dedicated in 1876, is the seat of the diocese. Click here to go to the Diocese’s website: Diocese of Savannah.
Opened in 1900 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Francis Xavier School quickly established itself as a center of spiritual and academic formation in the Golden Isles. From its initial 65 students it has grown to an enrollment of 200 and now includes a preschool program in addition to kindergarten through eighth grade. In 2009 the U.S. Department of Education named St. Francis Xavier Catholic School a National Blue Ribbon School, one of only 50 in the country that year. This honor is based on our top 90th percentile national standardized test scores over a 10-year period and on consistent high academic standards and achievement.
St. Francis Xavier Catholic School serves the children of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Brunswick, Nativity of Our Lady in Darien, and St. William Catholic Church on St. Simons Island, as well as children in outlying communities. For more information about the school click here for the school’s website St. Francis Xavier Catholic School or call 912-265-9470.
Vincentian ministry is a call to holiness through service to the poor. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, supported locally by St. Francis Xavier and St. William Catholic Churches, operates a food pantry, a thrift store, and provides financial assistance for those in need. This ministry depends upon donations of non-perishable foods, clothing, small appliances, furniture, and money. Committed volunteers are always needed to process donations for the store, distribute food from the pantry, and counsel those requesting financial aid. If you would like to be a part of this ministry, please contact Don Heinecke through the parish office at (912) 265-3249 or stop by the SVdP Thrift Store located at 1217 Newcastle Street to fill out a volunteer application. Store hours are 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is an assembly of the hierarchy of the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands who jointly exercise certain pastoral functions on behalf of the Christian faithful of the United States. The purpose of the Conference is to promote the greater good which the Church offers humankind, especially through forms and programs of the apostolate fittingly adapted to the circumstances of time and place. This purpose is drawn from the universal law of the Church and applies to the episcopal conferences which are established all over the world for the same purpose.
The bishops themselves constitute the membership of the Conference and are served by a staff of approximately 315 lay people, priests, deacons, and religious located at the Conference headquarters in Washington, DC. There is also a small Office of Film and Broadcasting in New York City and a branch office of Migration and Refugee Services in Miami.
The Conference is organized as a corporation in the District of Columbia. Its purposes under civil law are: “To unify, coordinate, encourage, promote and carry on Catholic activities in the United States; to organize and conduct religious, charitable and social welfare work at home and abroad; to aid in education; to care for immigrants; and generally to enter into and promote by education, publication and direction the objects of its being.”
For more information click here: USCCB