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Thank You, Bishop Foley! His Last Days Spent Saying ‘Thank You’ to Everyone

By Bishop Robert J. Baker

Bishop David E. Foley’s death on Tuesday, April 17th, at 7:0l p.m. culminated a life totally given over in service to God and the People of God. One could say that he literally died with his boots on! He had been in active ministry, celebrating Masses right up to the end.

The beginning of the end came for him with a phone call from Bishop Foley to me on Sunday, February 25th, after he had…

Arrangements announced

Bishop Foley’s body will be received at the Cathedral of Saint Paul, 2120 3rd Avenue, North, in Birmingham on Sunday, April 22, at 2 p.m. 

Following reception of the body, prayers will be held on the hour until 6:30 p.m. A Rosary will begin at 4 p.m., led by Father Kevin Bazzel. At 6:30 p.m., Bishop Robert J. Baker, current bishop of the Birmingham diocese, will preside over the Vesper service. 

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday,…

Bishop Emeritus David Foley dies at 88

Beloved Bishop Emeritus David Edward Foley, third bishop of the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama, peacefully passed away at the St. John Vianney Residence for Priests in Birmingham, Alabama surrounded by friends at 7:01 p.m on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at the age of 88. 

Bishop Foley was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on February 3, 1930. In 1934 his father was appointed Assistant Attorney General of the United States of America and the family moved to Washington, D.C., where he attended…

Bishop Foley

My Dear Family in Christ:

    Our Lord Jesus Christ has blessed me through you in the outpouring of love: cards, Mass cards, enrollments in Mass Associations, spiritual bouquets, visits, phone calls, and other kinds of gifts, messages, and greetings. 

    I feel a great desire to respond individually to you. This is just not possible.

    My illness progresses with some suffering and inconvenience. I am grateful for the loving and skillful care I receive. Memories of my years…

Bishop Baker attends Miami conference

In the March 2nd issue of the One Voice look for Christina Semmens' article about Bishop Baker and diocesan representatives attending the Southeast Regional gathering for V Encuentro.

Retired priest, Father Peter Sheehan, dies at 91

Reverend J. Peter Sheehan, 91, retired priest of the Diocese of Birmingham, passed away Monday, February 26, 2018, in Sebring, Florida.  Father Sheehan served in many parishes during his tenure, including St. Thomas, Montevallo; St. Anthony, Birmingham; and St. Ann, Decatur.  His final assignment before his retirement in 1991 was the Cathedral of St. Paul.  

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 2,…

Ash Wednesday — February 14, 2018

For the first time since 1945, Valentine’s Day falls this year on Ash Wednesday. Some have wondered whether a dispensation from the standard laws of fast and abstinence would be granted. 

Out of respect for the importance of Ash Wednesday in the lives of so many – including our non-Catholic brethren – and the way this custom underlines the importance of the Lenten season at its outset, a dispensation will not be given. 

Those…

Catholic Schools Week 2018

Happy Catholic Schools Week! Let's continue supporting our schools in their mission to Learn, Serve, Lead, Succeed!

Look for Bishop Baker's Catholic Schools Week homily and some extras from the diocesan Schools office in the Feb. 2 issue of the One Voice. 

Bishop Baker asks for your help

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Soon our diocese will be taking up the national collection for the Church in Latin America. Although the people are faith-filled, the needs in this region of the world are great and can often seem insurmountable. The distance in rural areas and deteriorated roads make it difficult for some communities to have Mass regularly. Language barriers and lack of resources make catechetical materials difficult to produce. We are called to share our faith with…

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