Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


By ANDREW NELSON, Staff Writer | Published September 1, 2011

Our Lady of Lourdes Church parishioner Christopher Davis had a business meeting with Gov. Nathan Deal on Aug. 12 and shared a photograph of the state’s chief executive posing with Davis’ family members. In the photo are his daughter, Erin, and his mother, Betty Davis. Davis said the photo came after a meeting to discuss the new Historically Black Colleges and Universities Network. According to the website, it is a planned TV network focused on sports, “edutainment” and lifestyle of the colleges.

Erin, who is 4, attends St. Peter Claver Regional School, Decatur, in the pre-kindergarten classroom.

Father Victor Galier may start to answer to “Father Ironman.”

Father Galier, who turns 40 this month and is pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Church, Atlanta, completed the Louisville Ironman competition on Aug. 28.

According to the competition’s website, athletes swam 2.4 miles in the Ohio River and biked a 112-mile course through Jefferson, Oldham and Henry counties and the city of La Grange, Ky. Then they laced up shoes for a 26.2-mile run past Louisville landmarks, including Old Louisville, the University of Louisville and Churchill Downs racetrack.

Father Galier crossed the finish line at 15 hours, 59 minutes and 23 seconds.

St. Sebastian, patron saint of athletes, pray for us.

The Vocations Department had its drawing to award a new iPad 2 to a lucky someone who signed up on their Facebook page. And the lucky winner was high school student Justin Vinomon.

“As I came back from school, I definitely did not expect to hear my mom tell me that I had won the iPad 2. As soon as she had said it, I was definitely in shock. It was the first time I had ever won a raffle type drawing, and I was extremely excited and blessed to win something such as a brand new iPad 2,” he said in an email.

His parents are Chandy and Jolly Vinomon. The family lives in Snellville, and Justin is a junior at Brookwood High School. He and his family attend Holy Family Knanaya Syro-Malabar Church in Loganville. The parish is an Eastern Rite church in union with the Roman Catholic Church.

Vinomon tossed his name in the ring when he liked the department’s Facebook page after the Eucharistic Congress. He said he knew the odds were small that he’d win, but he felt it was a good gesture to support the department that helps others live the Catholic faith.

The iPad giveaway was a promotion of the Vocation Department’s Facbook page. It was donated by the Knights of Columbus.

Some 829 people now follow department updates with social media. And the department would love to have more friends.

Myrtle R. Davis, a former member of the Atlanta City Council, has been appointed to the board of directors of St. Vincent de Paul Atlanta.

“Myrtle Davis brings great experience and insight to our board of directors,” said John Berry, executive director of SVdP. “We look forward to a rich collaboration.”

Davis has a long record of community service, from the League of Women Voters and the Atlanta Urban League to the National Board of the Girl Scouts and the Task Force for the Homeless. She is a leader at St. Paul of the Cross Church, Atlanta.

She was elected to the Atlanta City Council in 1981. In 1993, she was a candidate for mayor of the city of Atlanta. She retired from city government in 1998 as water utility manager for customer service in the Atlanta Water Department.

Davis, a native of Rock Hill, S.C., graduated from Xavier University in New Orleans with a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy. After a brief stint in Charlotte, N.C., she came to Atlanta and worked at the Triangle Prescription Shop on Auburn Avenue. She spent 20 years as a full-time wife and mother.

She is the widow of Dr. Albert M. Davis, a local physician and activist.