When the Mobile Diocese encompassed the entire state of Alabama, the Catholic Week newspaper was the official publication. After the separation of the Mobile Diocese in 1969, the Catholic Week continued to serve the newly formed Diocese of Birmingham and the Mobile Archdiocese with Msgr. Frank Wade as editor. In August of 1970, the decision was made to have an editor for the Birmingham section and another editor for the Mobile section. Father Dyer was chosen for Mobile and Father John Igoe was chosen for Birmingham.
The first issue of the One Voice was printed in January of 1971. The staff included Father Igoe, Sally Crockett, and Rose Loveitt. Over the years, Sally Crockett has been a fixture with Ann Lanzi joining the team in 1976. In 2001, Father Igoe passed away and Crockett was named managing editor. In 2004, Mary Dillard joined the team. The three ladies continue the mission of the paper, now in its 48th year.
Mary Alice (Sally) Crockett is a graduate of John Carrol Catholic High in Birmingham. She joined the staff of The Catholic Week in 1963 before the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama was established. The Catholic Week served the entire State of Alabama until the end of 1970 when it was decided that the Birmingham Diocese, which was established in 1969, would publish its own weekly newspaper. On January 1, 1971 the first issue of One Voice rolled off the presses.
Ann began her employment at One Voice in 1976 as a typist using typesetting equipment and later, computers. She is currently the Circulation Manager. She is a graduate of John Carroll Catholic High School and a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish. She has been married to her husband, Paul, for 57 years. They have three daughters and 12 grandchildren.
Mary joined the One Voice team in 2004. She is a product of Catholic Schools having attended St. Francis Xavier and graduated with honors from John Carroll Catholic High School in 1999. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree magna cum laude in art from the University of Montevallo. While at Montevallo, she developed her love for religious art. As Art Director and Photojournalist, she designs the layout of the paper, dabbles in editing, occasionally writes features, and chronicles major events of the diocese with her camera. She also designs for several diocesan offices including Vocations and Catholic Charities Appeal. Mary is married to Randy Dillard and they have three wonderful children, Joe, Zuzu and Lucy. They are parishioners at Holy Infant of Prague Catholic Church in Trussville.