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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…

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…

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.…

Founder of Diocesan Office of Black Catholic Ministry dies at age 75

Founder of Diocesan Office of Black Catholic Ministry dies at age 75

Sister Rita Washington, SFCC July 1, 1943 – August 13, 2018

Sister Rita Washington, a native of Mobile, Alabama, and a resident of Montgomery, Alabama, died at a local hospital in Montgomery on Monday, Aug. 13. Sister Rita served in the Diocese of Birmingham at St. Martin de Porres Church and School in Gadsden for three years and in Birmingham as the founder and Diocesan Director of the Office of Black Catholic Ministry for eight years. 

While in Birmingham she served…

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…

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,…

Benedictine Sister Margaret Frederick Dies; Taught In Diocesan Schools

Benedictine Sister Margaret Frederick  Dies; Taught In Diocesan Schools

Courtesy of Sacred Heart Monastery, Cullman

CULLMAN - Sister Margaret Frederick, a Benedictine Sister of Sacred Heart Monastery in Cullman, died on Dec. 22, at the age of 82. Reception of the Body with Vespers of the Dead was held Dec. 26, in Sacred Heart Monastery Chapel followed by visitation. The Mass of Christian Burial was held Dec. 27 with interment following in the monastery cemetery.

    Born Aug. 4, 1935, in Miami, to Robert deRolfe and Sarah Wilson…

Benedictine Brother Augustine Campion dies at 74

Benedictine Brother Augustine Campion dies at 74

It is with heavy hearts that Abbot Cletus and the monks of St. Bernard Abbey announce the death of our confrere, Brother Augustine "Gus" Campion, O.S.B. on Friday, September 8.
Brother Gus professed his vows as a monk of St. Bernard Abbey on March 19, 1964. Serving the abbey and our schools in a variety of roles over the years, he enjoyed many lasting friendships among alumni and others who are dear to St. Bernard. He was a exemplary…

Deacon Carmelo ‘Skip’ Graffagnini dies at age 90

Loving husband, father and grandfather, Carmelo Graffagnini, served his country in the United States Army and the FBI, served God as a Deacon in the Catholic Church, and served his community as the founder of St. Tammamy (Covington, La) Food Bank. Preceded in death by his wife Beryl Conway and survived by daughters Joan Graffagnini and Jean Graffagnini (spouse Michael Newchurch); his grandchildren Joseph, Beryl and Aaron Newchurch; his…

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