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Father Jim Handerhan passes away at age 68

Father Jim Handerhan passes away at age 68

Sadly, the Diocese of Birmingham announces the passing of Reverend James Handerhan, Sr., 68. 

Father Handerhan was born on Jan. 9, 1951 in Perth Amboy, NJ to Roland and Susan Handerhan. He is preceded in death by his father and his dear wife of 28 years, Phyllis Marlene. He is survived by his mother, his sisters Patty, Jackie, Susan, JoAnn, and Peggy, his brother Thomas, his son James II (Rebecca), his grandchildren Sean (Meghin), Katie (Howard), and Colin, and his great grandchildren…

New Director: Catholic Schools Offices welcomes Margaret Dubose

New Director: Catholic Schools Offices welcomes Margaret Dubose

By Bishop Robert J. Baker, Bishop of Birmingham in Alabama

I am pleased to announce that Margaret Dubose will be joining the diocese as the new Director of the Catholic Schools Office. She succeeds outgoing Director pro tempore Julie Emory-Johnson.

Mrs. Dubose is a product of Catholic Schools herself and has spent a large part of her professional career in Catholic education. Originally from Louisiana, she has been both a teacher and an administrator in both Catholic and public schools in…

A lifetime of service: Mary Alice “Sally” Crockett retires

By Msgr. Michael Sexton, Contributions by Ann Lanzi and Mary Dillard

It is hard to imagine the One Voice without Sally Crockett. For nineteen years she has served as managing editor at the newspaper. Before that she served for twenty-nine years as manager/editorial assistant.

For Sally it was a labor of love. She has served us all with uncommon dedication and a deep sense of loyalty to her Church.

She was trained in the art of journalism under the legendary Msgr.…

Sacrament of Reconciliation in the Diocese of Birmingham

Annunciation of the Lord (Decatur)

(English & en español) Monday, 6:10 - 6:45 p.m.; Tuesday, 11-11:45 a.m.; Wednesday, 6:10 - 6:45 p.m.; Thursday, 11-11:45 a.m.; Friday, 11-11:45 a.m.; Saturday, 4-4:45 p.m. & 6-6:45 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30-11:15 a.m. &12:30-1:15 p.m.


Blessed Sacrament (Birmingham)

Thirty minutes before Weekend Masses and by appointment


Cathedral of St. Paul (Birmingham)

Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-12:00 noon; Saturday, 3-4 p.m. or by appointment


Chapel of the Holy Cross (Albertville)

Saturday, 4:30-5:30 p.m. or by appointment

Father Lambert Greenan, OP, obituary

Father Lambert Greenan was born Laurence Greenan on January 11, 1917, in that part of Newry that is in County Armagh. He was educated first by the Mercy Sisters. One day, when he was seven years old, his family attended the first Mass of Fr. Norbert Barry, OP.  As they left the church, he said to his father, “Someday I will be a Dominican priest, and I will say my first Mass at that altar, and I will be wearing…

Incorrupt heart of St. John Vianney to visit the Cathedral of St. Paul

The incorrupt heart of St. John Vianney, patron saint of priests and co-patron of the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama, will be venerated at the Cathedral of St. Paul on Thursday, Dec. 6. The Cathedral will receive the relic at 8:30 a.m. the morning of the Dec. 6. At 11:15 a.m., Confessions will be heard, and at 12:10 p.m., Father Hedderman will celebrate Mass. Bishop Baker, accompanied by priests of the diocese, will hold Solemn Vespers from 5:15-5:45 p.m. The…

Father Underwood passes away at age 97

Father Underwood passes away at age 97

Reverend Joseph Charles Underwood, a priest of the Diocese of Birmingham, passed away Oct. 30 at the age of 97. He was born in Birmingham to Jack and Mae Epperson Underwood. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and later graduated from Howard College, now Samford University, with a degree in economics. He worked as a CPA prior to his conversion and calling to the priesthood. Upon graduating from Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD, he was ordained to…

Office of the Bishop releases statement

November 9, 2018 


The Archdiocese of Mobile will publish the names of clergy and religious who were removed from ministry due to an accusation of abuse of a minor.  

Each of the four Catholic dioceses in Alabama and Mississippi (Archdiocese of Mobile, Diocese of Biloxi, Diocese of Birmingham, and the Diocese of Jackson) will issue its own list. 

The Diocese of Birmingham will soon publish the names of clergy and religious who were  credibly accused of abuse of…

Father John Robinson dies at age 90

Father John Robinson dies at age 90

Father John C. Robinson, 90, passed away on Sept. 28. Father Robinson attended St. Paul's Grammar and High School in Birmingham and St. Bernard Minor Seminary in Cullman. He graduated from Mt. St. Mary's Seminary, Emmitsburg, Maryland, in 1954 and was ordained May 27, 1954, at St. Paul's Church in Birmingham by Archbishop Thomas J. Toolen. 

Following his ordination, Father Robinson served as assistant pastor of St. Paul Parish, Birmingham; St. Mary Parish, Mobile; and St. Peter the Apostle, Birmingham.…

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