I moved to Augusta in 2008 to cover religion for the Chronicle. I didn't know a soul this far South at the time, but the area is quickly becoming home. Before then, I covered the cop beat and crime while working at a newspaper in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. I got my start in Virginia writing features for a community weekly while in college.
Posted September 6, 2013 05:28 pm - Updated September 6, 2013 05:31 pm

Pray for Syria

In a brief video to pastors this week, Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer joined Pope Francis in asking Catholics to fast and pray for peace in Syria on Sept. 7.

The local St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church will offer votive Mass for peace at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, according to the Diocese of Savannah, which shared this prayer:


God of Compassion,

Hear the cries of the people of Syria,

Bring healing to those suffering from the violence,

Bring comfort to those mourning the dead,

Strengthen Syria’s neighbors in their care and welcome for refugees,

Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms

And protect those committed to peace.



Augusta residents with ties to Syria shared their take on U.S. intervention in an article earlier this week by reporter Meg Mirshak. Read it here.