Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


Looking Back… January 1963

Published January 17, 2013
  • The Jan. 4, 1963 issue of The Georgia Bulletin featured the Catholic movie ratings known as the “Legion of Decency.” Movies recommended for all ages included “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea,” “El Cid,” and “The Longest Day.” Tarzan and Three Stooges’ movies also made the list. Movies on the Adults Only list included “West Side Story,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “View From the Bridge” and the “Manchurian Candidate.”
  • Construction of a new five-story St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens was announced at a cost of $3 million. Federal funds were aiding in the 1963 project. The Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus were investing $1.5 million in the project. There were 17 sisters of the order working at the hospital. The new hospital was to include 75 private rooms, 25 semi-private rooms, five operating rooms and two delivery rooms with nurseries for 30 newborn babies.
  • In his “Georgia Pines” column, Father R. Donald Kiernan talked about a Christmas Eve 1962 storm in Gainesville that left the community at St. Michael’s Church celebrating Christmas Day Mass without lights, power and heat, as telephone and electric lines were knocked down by falling tree limbs. People were invited into neighbors’ homes with fireplaces to share Christmas meals.
  • The Jan. 11, 1963 issue told of plans for a census of the Atlanta Archdiocese to be taken by lay volunteers on the first Sunday of Lent from 2 to 6 p.m. This was to be the first project of the newly established Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Men. The purpose of the census was to give a more accurate basis for the future development of the archdiocese; to find unknown Catholics in the archdiocese; and to provide a more accurate spiritual status of the archdiocese. The census was to be carried out by 3,000 volunteers from various archdiocesan groups and societies.
  • Pope John XXIII was chosen as Time’s “Man of the Year.” He was the first religious figure to be chosen since the designation began in 1927. Time credited him with “creating history in a way that few men were able to do in 1962.”