ATHENS, Ga. — The Catholic Center at the University of Georgia here, where friars have served since the 1960s honored David Hyman, OFM, with a March 12 reception marking the 50th anniversary of his ordination.
Thomas Vigliotta, OFM, director, participated in the reception at Center Hall, decorated with special displays illustrating David’s years of ministry. David’s sister came from New York and set up the displays, many of which were originally prepared for his 25th anniversary of ordination. Several of David’s religious brothers from surrounding states came to the celebration. They included Henry Fulmer, OFM, of Columbia, S.C., and Dac Tran, OFM, and Patrick Tuttle, OFM, of Greenville, S.C., all shown in the photo at right. David is one of 10 friars being honored May 1 in an anniversary celebration.
In addition, the Center is embarking on a “Common Sense” capital campaign. On the second Sunday of Easter, a three-year capital improvement initiative was kicked off. The goal is to raise $500,000 for much-needed work around the Catholic Center, according to Thomas, including replacing the roof, adding new flooring, air conditioning the chapel, refinishing pews, and painting exterior trim.
With amazing sponsorship, according to John Hennigan, assistant director of the Catholic Center, the 32nd Annual 5K Human Race, a Franciscan Helping Hands fundraiser, took place on April 10. Approximately 230 runners took part in the race. The proceeds will be used for outreach projects.
Tom and David are preparing for a special May 8 pre-graduation Mass requested by students. In addition, the two will attend the Atlanta Archdiocese Jubilee Mass, celebrated by Archbishop Wilton Gregory on May 26, at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta.
Information about the programs of UGA’s Catholic Center is available on its website.