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Fifty Years Ago | December 1968

short stories of events and times during the formation of the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast collected by the Rev. S. Albert Kennington, Diocesan Registrar-Historiographer


On December 12, 1968, after most of the year spent in study by special committees of the Diocese of Florida and the Diocese of Alabama about creating a new diocese from the Florida panhandle and the southern third of Alabama, the Executive Council of the Diocese of Florida voted to reconsider the matter of recommending a new diocese. So it was that the study continued.

On Christmas Eve, 1968, Apollo 8 Astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders orbited the moon for the first time and read to the world the story of Creation from the Book of Genesis.


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