I just found this video on the internet. It is a reprise of the Dedication of our newest Catholic Church in the Diocese of Savannah. It took place in February. Bishop Gregory Hartmayer, our bishop, along with our emeritus bishop, Bishop Kevin Boland together consecrated the building and altar.
The church seats 1000!!! I was unable to attend the Mass. The church is St. Anne Church in Richmond Hill, Georgia which is a suburb south of Savannah off of I-95. It is a growing suburb. The original church was built by Henry Ford as Richmond Hill in the early part of the last century was a vacation spot for those traveling from the upper reaches of the mid west. The old church was originally a congregationalist church. I'm not too sure how the Catholic Church was able to acquire it.
The original church will be used for daily Mass, weddings and funerals.
The church property is appropriately on Ford Avenue!
Kudos to all at St. Anne's and to Father Joseph Smith who is pastor and his leadership that has led not only to this multi million dollar church but also a very nice social hall and he acquired a lovely home to be the rectory in a regular neighborhood.
Fr. Smith was a member of the Cathedral men's choir when I was the associate pastor of the Cathedral from 1985-91. I was also vocation director. He entered the seminary and the rest is history. If not for me, no telling what kind of church St. Anne's would have today! :)
The Church is cruciform and a wonderful blend of tradition and modern sensibilities:
This is the parish video promoting the fund raiser: