Memorial Mass honoring the 50th Anniversary of Flannery O’Connor's death

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Sunday, August 3, 2014 -
10:00am to 11:00am

Cathedral of St. the Baptist
222 East Harris Street
Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home
207 E Charlton Street

On August 3rd, 1964, the world lost one of its most important southern writers too early; Flannery O’Connor died of lupus at age 39 at the Baldwin State Hospital. On Sunday, August 3rd, 2014, there will be a Memorial Mass honoring the 50th Anniversary of Flannery’s passing at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.

O’Connor was born and spent much of her childhood in Savannah before attending Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville. Two of her most well known works were her novels, Wise Blood and The Violent Bear It Away. Both novels had similar subject matters and revolved around religion. Some say it was O’Connor’s deeply rooted Catholic upbringing and proximity to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist that may have shaped the characters and irony in her writing. Best known for her series of short stories, O’Connor’s southern literature was often described as “taboo” or “grotesque”.

On Sunday, August 3rd, 2014, there will be a Memorial Mass honoring the 50th Anniversary of Flannery’s passing at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. This is where O’Connor used to attend church with her family — the adult mass, of course, at her own insistence, starting at the age of 6.

The full choir will be in attendance to perform at this special Mass and all faiths are invited to attend. Mass begins at 10 a.m., followed by a reception at the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home located just across Lafayette Square from the Cathedral. From 1:30 to 4 p.m., the home will be open for tours; admission is waived for the day.

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