THE BULLETIN OF THE CATHOLIC LAYMEN’S ASSOCIATION OF GEORGIA
FEBRUARY 28, 1948
The Official Organ of the Catholic Laymen's
Association of Georgia, incorporated.
HUGH KINCHLEY, Editor
216-217 Southern Finance Building, Augusta, Ga.
‘ ASSOCIATION OFFICERS FOR 1946-1947
ESTES DOREMUS, Atlanta President
M. J. CALLAGHAN. Macon,
FRED WIGGINS. Albany Vice-President
J. B. McCALLUM, Atlanta Secretary
HUGH GRADY, Savannah Treasurer
HUGH KINCHLEY. Augusta . Executive Secretary
MISS CECILE FERRY. Augusta Financial Secretary
A M McAULIFFE. Augusta Auditor
VOL. XXIX FEBRUARY 28, 1948 No. 2
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Published monthly hjr the Catholic Laymen’s Association
of Georgia Inc., with the Approbation of the Most Rev
erend Bishops of Charleston and Savannah-Atlanta. and
of the Right Reverend Abbot-Ordinary of Belmont.
Catholic Press Month
B ECAUSE February is Catholic Press Month, and
because the publication of the Bulletin is one
of the major projects of the Catholic Laymen’s
Association of Georgia, this month has been select
ed as the time when the Laymen’s Association
launches its annual membership campaign.
Bishop Michael J. Ready, of Columbus, Epis
copal Chairman of the Press Department of the
National Catholic Welfare Conference, has sounded
the keynote of Catholic Press Month in these words:
“If we do not make use of the buckler and
lance of the Catholic Press in this crisis, we are
stupidly ignoring our great and effective arms.
Faith and courage should be interpreted as action
to advance the cause of Christ as well as to defend
it. The Catholic at this historic hour must act with
the facts in his mind and inspiration in his soul.
He must be awake, alert, informed.
“And where are those facts and this inspiration
to be found, day in and day out, except in our
“There are present grave issues in our country
which have a profound religious and moral signifi
cance. The issues which directly affect the welfare
of Catholic citizens just as really influence the
general welfare of the whole national community.
“If we must defend our country and our Church
against a recurring intolerance which shows itself
in election years and among a certain group of
politico religionists, w.e shall meet the issue square
ly and fairly. In that defense we are as confident
of the approving judgment of our fellowmen as
we are in the ability of our Catholic Press to con-
epicr error with truth”.
The Catholic Laymen's Association of Georgia
must be firmly entrenched to resist any new on
slaughts against the Church. Essential to its ex
istence is an enrollment sufficiently large to be
the sounding-board* of Catholic opinion and senti
In its current appeal for contributing members,
the Laymen’s Asssoeiation solicits the generous
support of the Catholic laity of Georgia.
The officers of the Association regret that in
creasing costs of publication have made necessary
the announcement in these pages that the sub
scription rate of The Bulletin has been increased
to $3.00 per year.
They ask Catholics of Georgia to remember
this when making their contributions toward the
support of the Laymen’s Association and its efforts
to make the Catholic Church better known and bet
ter understood in Georgia.
Years of Lost History
L AST month in these columns The Bulletin
told of the martyrdom in Georgia of five
Franciscan Friars who were among the in
trepid Spanish missionai ies who came to these
shores to preach the Gospel of Christ to the In
dians, not long after Christopher Columbus had
landed on San Salvador.
It was in 1597 that these Franciscan mission
aries, F’alher Pedro do Corpa, Father Bias Rodriguez,
Father Francesco do Verascola, Father Miguel
Aunon and Brother Antonio Badajoz were slain
by the Indians.
Although some historians give Cumberland
Island, in Georgia, as the place of the death of
Father Pedro Martinez, the first Jesuit martyr
of North America, Father Michael Kenny, S. J.,
appears to have good grounds to support his con
tention that while it was at Cum' erland Island
that Father Martinez lirst landed on American
soil, it was in Florida that lie met his death at
the hands of the Indians in 1566. Father Martinez
Was, therefore, not presented here last month
as one of the Georgia martyrs.
At Aquiai, Virginia, on the Washington high
way, a tablet has been erected to the memory of
eight heoric Jesuits missionaries, who, coming
from Spain to labor among the Indians of that
legion, erected in 1570 the Img Chapel of the
Rappahannock, dedicated to Our Lady of Ajacan.
These Jesuit missionaries, who were headed by
Father Juan Baptist* de Segura, who had prev
iously served among the Indians in Georgia, were
also slaughtered by (lie natives.
The Spanish Mission phase of Georgia’s his
tory, to which these martyrdoms are related, is,
unfortunately, to many Georgians an unopened
book, for a number of them declare that they had
never heard of the Martyrs of Georgia until they
read about them in The Bulletin.
It is deplorable (hat our people today know
so little about that period of the history of Cath
olic Church in Georgia, the glorious era of the
Spanish Missions which produced martyrs for the
Faith here in our own Slate.
The State of Georgia is preparing to open
to the public as a recreational center, Jekyll Is
land, for many years a winter resort for wealthy
visitors from the North.
Father Francisco de Avilo, a Franciscan mis
sionary, who escaped death in the Indian up
rising in 1597, but who was wounded and held
Work for the Salvation of Souls
A T the invitation of Bishop Emmet M. Walsh of
Charleston, a group of Sisters of Our Lady
of Charity of the Good Shepherd have come
to Batesburg to extend into South Carolina the
sublime work for the salvation of souls in which
members of that Religious Order have been engaged
for more than three hundred years.
The' work of these Sisters, as their name in
dicates, is the work of the Divine Shepherd Himself.
They have read and re-read the Gospel story of the
Good Shepherd who leaves the ninety and nine to
seek the sheep that has gone astray. Their hearts
have been touched by His longing to bring back
those who have strayed from the path of virtue
and they, too, have left the ninety and nine good
works, so ably done by other zealous workers, to
seek and save the straying sheep.
The School in Batesburg will be known as St.
Euphrasia Training School. It will follow the pat
tern of the school in Baltimore. As progress is
made, the advantages given to the girls in Balti
more will be offered to the charges of the Sisters
In the Baltimore school a complete educational
program is followed. It consists of elementary
and commercial schools, home economics (including
plain sewing), home nursing, first aid, beauty cul
ture training and group activities.
The grade school consists of the elementary
and intermediate classes so that the pupils are
enabled to continue in their proper scholastic status.
The commercial course offers a thorough train
ing in shorthand, typing, bookkeeping, filing,
mimeographing, adding machine practice and ele
mentary accounting. A qualifying certificate is
earned at the completion of a two-year course.
The home economics course affords the girls
the opportunity of becoming efficient, economical
housekeepers. They are encouraged in the develop
ment of sound habits in personal cleanliness and
receive practical lessons in laundering and caring
for their clothing, together with other useful house
hold duties. In this department, we find the girls
demonstrating many skills: home sewing, dress
making, knitting, crochetting and embroidery.
Classes in home nursing and first aid help the in
structed to fit themselves for future emergencies.
The beauty culture course embraces every
phase of modern cosmetology. Under the guidance
of a qualified teacher, the students merit a State
certificate after passing the required tests.
The arts and crafts unit is the solution to the
problem of useful productive activity. Dolls and
other stuffed toys give the workers a field in
which to display their ingenuity. Greeting cards
are hand-painted and party favors and gifts are
ornamented for every occasion or celebration.
The school orchestras in each department in
clude brass instruments, wood-winds and strings.
Under the able direction of an accomplished di
rector and several instructors, the students acquire
an appreciation of good music and a true sense of
the value of unity and cooperation. A well-trained
glee club and dramatic groups enable the talented
members to increase their skill and attract those
who desire to learn to apply themselves to the arts.
Various social events which occur when birth
day time or feast day celebrations permit, aid the
girls in their preparation for becoming "new mem
bers” ot the social groups to which they belong.
These functions help them to become useful, happy
Group aclivities are iostered through the active
principles which form the working of a club pro
gram. These engagements help in the develop
ment of individual hobbies and encourage original
creative effort. Those who are intellectually in
clined, find a place in the various educational
clubs. Those who prefer handwork and creative art
are offered many fine fields of growth in the social
clubs. In both sections, the participants are encom
passed by an ideal atmosphere of friendliness and
a cheerful “working together” spirit.
Outdoor activity in a spacious yard provides
incentive for basketball, roller-skating, competitive
games and other “fresh air sports.” Indoor leisure
time pleasures include a variety of selected current
mdtion pictures, radio programs, the use of record
playing machines and the piano for entertainment
purposes; reading and sowing for those who prefer
quiet industry or pastime. Ping-pong and bad
minton aie popular sports in the recreation room.
There is also a Home Store which displays many
delightful and delicious products for the girls to
buy as their tastes suggest.
The chief aim of all the activity is character
building. The girls arc taught first their duty to
God and thir neighbors, and then they are aided
in the formation of high ideals and principles which
become their guides as they help themselves to a
realization of the beauty and meaning of life.
In the new foundation at Batesburg, as in ail
others conducted by the Sisters of the Good Shep
herd in the United States, all girls of normal mental
and physical capacity will be admitted. They will
be received from ; 'blic and private placing
agencies as well as from parents or guardians, with
out distinction of creed or nationality.
The Diocese of Charleston is blessed in the
coming of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd whose
work for the salvation of souls will be a fruitful
field for many miracles of grace.
Dr. Morris Wee, executive sec- I Personalities and events in
retary of the student service com
mission of the National Lutheran
Council, speaking at the thirtieth
annual meeting of the council, in
Richmond, Va., last month, said:
“What the students think today
will be the condition of America
tomorrow. The imperative need
before the church is to shape the
thinking of students so that they
recognize religion as a necessary
and accountable factor in educa
tion and all of life.
“The Christian church,” he con
tinued, "must challenge the irre
ligious educational philosophy
and make its religious witness on
every campus in America.”
Reporting that the commission
of which lie is executive secretary
is expanding its student work in
this country and Canada, Dr. Wee
saiddhat Lutheran service centers
are to be built on thirty-five cam
puses, and declared that "Pagan
influences on the American cam
pus all for an aggressive ministry
by the Lutheran churches of
America. The spiritual vacuum
which endangers all society in our
time is the fruit of an educational
policy which for thirty years has
On the same day that Dr. We,e
was speaking in Richmond, George
E. Sokolsky, whose syndicated
column appears in The Charles
ton News and Courier and other
newspapers, commented on an
article written by Dr. Nathan
Schnaehner for the current issue
of the American Jewish Yearbook.
This article, entitled, “Church,
State and Education,” states Col
umnist Sokolsky, “shows-what the
law has been and is concerning
American history are depict
ed in fourteen clerestory win
dows of the Church of Our Lady
of the Angels in Worcester, Mass.
The church is believed to be the
first in the East to use the his
torical theme in this connection.
Prepared by John Terrence
O’Duggan, of Boston, noted de
signer of stained glass, the win
dows show the discovery of Amer
ica by Columbus, the discoveries
of Coronado and Balboa, and the
work of missionary explorers of
the Southwest, Midwest and the
Canadian border country.
The American Revolution is rep
resented by a panel showing Gen
eral George Washington with Bar
ry and Koscuisko. Charles Car-
roll represents the several Cath
olic signers of the Declaration of
Independence. Catholics in Co
lonial times are shown in the
settlement of the Maryland col
ony by Lord Baltimore.
Milestones in the history of
Catholicism in this country por
trayed in the windows are the
death of the North American mar
tyrs at the hands of the Mohawks,
and the establishment of the Cath
olic University of America at
Washington, D. C.
Another window depicts the
discovery of oil near Cuba, N. Y.,
by a French Catholic clergyman.
Still another shows Dr. Julius A.
Nieuwland of Notre Dame Uni-
vei sity in the laboratory at work
on his discovery of synthetic rub
Which reminds that one of the
windows in St. Anne’s Church,
Sumter, South Carolina, is a me
morial to the Confederate dead,
window of its kind in any church
in the South. It includes in its
design the “Stars and Bars,” the
battle flag of the Southland in
the stirring days of 1861-65.
religion in the schools of toe va- sa j(j ^ jj e tj, e on j y s tained-glass
lious parts of.the United States.
While his summary of the history
of this" subject is of value, what
he misses altogether is that athe
ism may be taught our children,
but not the Word of God, not the
Bible, not the Psalms, not toe
Propneis, not toe Aposues. Karl
Marx is legal in the schools, but
not Isaiah or St. Mark. They suf
fer from Biblical affiliation.
“For many, this is a serious
question,” Mr. Sokolsky adds.
“They say that religion has no
place in the schools. But has anti-
religion a place? . . . m a woru,
all the talk of Church and State
has nothing to do with the fun
damental question, which is what
is being (lone to offset and coun
teract ilieir corruption by teach
ers who are atheists and wno
propagandize an atheistic concep
tion ol morals in public schools?
u£' &cmi<«cimer*s u* ucui oofcs not
deal with this at all. Unfortu
nately, most of those who discuss
Under the auspices of toe Mayor
and City Council of Atlanta and
toe Atlanta Historical Society, a
pageant marking toe centennial of
the first council meeting of the
City of Atlanta was held on
Among the prominent Atlantans
taking part were Thomas J.
O’Keefe, who had the role of
James A. Collins, a member of
the nrst council; Slepnens Mn-
j ehell, who impersonated Leonard
C. Simpson, another 1848 coun
cilman; William Brooks Angier,
who impersonated his great
grandfather, Dr. Nedom L. Angier,
and Charles J. Lynch, Jr., who im
personated his grandfather, James
Lynch, one of the founders of
Georgia’s Capital City.
A group of World War Veterans
this question are too
with money tor bus rides and too j
rii‘5 “el “*l»» £f « laleBh *»? MUml
who shall get them
out ol the taxpayer's money, but
they do not worry about the poi
son that is daily being led into
the mind ot their own children,
poisons that have already produc
ed an unmeasurable debasement
of man in Europe and projects
here a society tout knows no bet
ter guide ii.nn the rule of reason
and necessity, the passion for self-
salislaclion and indulgence.”
captive, was in charge of San Bonaventura Mis
sion on Jekyll island at the time.
Dr. John Tate Manning, in his book, "The
Spanish Missions of Georgia”, gives reason to be
lieve that some remnants of the ruins of St. Bona
ventura Mission, and of Santiago de Oeone Mis
sion may be found on Jekyll Island.
With aid from the Rockefeller Foundation
and other sources, a number of the Missions in
California have been restored.
It is hoped that a movement will be begun
to restore the Missions on Jekyll Island so (hat
they may one day become a shrine which will attract
devout pilgrims as well as pleasure seekers to
Robert R. Otis, of Atlanta, formerly a mem
ber of the publicity committee of the Catholic
Laymen’s Association of Georgia, long active in
the Georgia Historical Society, and presently
chairman of the executive committee of toe So
ciety for Georgia Archaeiogy, is completing a
work which will be titled "Georgia’s 220 Years
of Lost History—1513-1733”.
Publication of this work will be eagerly
awaited by those who would wish that all Geor
gians could become better acquainted with the
history of the prc-Colonial period in Georgia, toe
days ol the Spanish Missions.
A St. Francis Xavier Cabrini
Burse lias been announced in
Oklahoma City by Bishop Eugene
J. McGuinness, Coadjutor of Okla-
noma City’ anu ruisa. me xuud
has a special significance lor Cath
olics ol Oklahoma since it was
Bishop Francis C. Kelley of Okla
homa City and Tulsa who preach
ed the sermoh at the funeral Mass
for Mother Cabrini in Chicago in
Many of them had never oper
ated a gasoline pump before, but
for three weeks members of the
K. of C. council in Arlington,
Virginia, took daily tricks at the
service station of Edward Ken
nedy while Mr. Kennedy, father
of four small children, was hos
pitalized for a serious illness. Oth
er K. of C. members drummed
up business for their incapaci
tated fellow-member, to keep the
cash register ringing when the
need was greatest.
Archbishop Mar lvanios of Tri
vandrum, India, was a recent visi
tor at the White House, where he
talked with President Truman re
garding the history of Christianity
in India. The distinguished In
dian Prelate was accompanied to
the White House by Henry F.
Grady, U. S. Ambassador to India;
M. Asaf Ali, Ambassador of In
dia to the United States, and by
Father Bartholomew Paytas, S. A.,
Director of toe Church Unity
The group, members of various
religious denominations, decided
unanimously to name the post the
John Knuck Post in honor of John
Knuek, Jr., who was killed in ac
tion on the Island of Leyte in 1944.
The young soldier in whose
memory the new VFW Post is
named, was the son of the late
John Knock and Mrs. Jane Sher
man Knuck, former Augustans,
who moved to Florida some years
ago to become pioneer members of
St. John the Apostle parish in
Two other sons of Mr. and Mrs.
Knuck, William Knuck and Fran
cis Knuck, served in the nation's
armed forces during the war.
William Manners author of
"Father and the Angels,” spoke on
February 15, at the Standard Club,
at a meeting sponsored by the
Council of Jewish Women and
the National Conference' of
Christians and Jews. Mr. Manners
was introduced to his audience by
Estes Doremus, president of the
Catholic Laymen’s Association of
Frank Leahy, coach of the foot
ball team at the University of
Noire Dame, was the featured
guest speaker at the second annual
meeting of the Touchdown Club
held on February 9 in Athens,
Ga. While in Athens, Coach Leahy
was the guest of Wally Butts,
coach of the footbal team at the
University of Georgia.
Lytle Hull, columnist for The
Sparta (Georgia) Ismaelite, writing
recently on “The Dark Ages”,
declared; “What few rays of light
shone upon the bleak scene of
Western Europe issued from the
Church of Rome. Steadfastly this
—even then great Christian edifice
—stood sentinel against the
forces of darkness and evil—as it
does today.” —H. K.