In celebrations with equal parts heartache and joy, hundreds honored the Paulist Fathers six decades of ministry in Memphis.
A weekend of events at St. Patrick Catholic Church and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception were held June 28-30 to thank the departing Catholic priests for their marathon of service. Fr. Tim Tighe, a Paulist priest who served St. Patrick parish from 1969-1978, told a large dinner audience in the Cathedral's Marian Hall, "You gave us an enormous amount of love and if we make it in the future, it's because of you. Thank you so much for the love story we have shared."
One of the key players in the love story was Ms. Eddie Mae Hawkins, who served as parish cook for the Paulist priests for more than 30 years. An African-American woman who still worships at Progressive Baptist Church around the corner from St. Patrick's downtown campus, the smiling Hawkins recalled highlights of her time with the Paulists.