If you drive on I-20 about two hours past Atlanta, you will see an exit for Crawfordville, county seat of Taliaferro County, population 1,800.  In a forgotten hamlet called Sharon is Locust Grove Cemetery, where three generations of my family are buried.  Next to the cemetery is a relatively new outdoor altar surrounded by old foundation stones.  At this spot was once an isolated but thriving church where my ancestors were baptized and wedded.  Purification Church was founded in the 1790s as the first Catholic church in Georgia, and its wooden structure was eventually moved closer to the railway about two miles away.  The old church is neglected but not forgotten.  I have always felt a great peace there, and it is an answer to prayer that there is growing support in Georgia to restore the old church and use it as a place for weddings, pilgrimages, and retreats.

Coach Vince Dooley and his wife Barbara have now joined us on the Steering Committee to Save Purification Church.  Theresa was thrilled to meet them and wore her University of Georgia colors. Also in the photo is Bishop Emeritus Kevin Boland of Savannah.  Photo at the Cathedral of Christ the King, Atlanta, GA, Feb. 12, by Teresa Sheppard.

http://savepurificationchurch.com/; http://hrcga.org/locust-grove-catholic/

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Coach Vince Dooley and his wife Barbara have now joined us on the Steering Committee to Save Purification Church.  Theresa was thrilled to meet them and wore her University of Georgia colors. Also in the photo is Bishop Emeritus Kevin Boland of Savannah.  Photo at the Cathedral of Christ the King, Atlanta, GA, Feb. 12, by Teresa Sheppard.

http://savepurificationchurch.com/; http://hrcga.org/locust-grove-catholic/

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