Two Savannah area residents are recipients of 2011 Bishop Gartland Awards for outstanding service to the Catholic Church in South Georgia.
Savannah Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer conferred the Bishop Gartland Service Award on Greg and Cheryl Eady of Savannah along with 82 other South Georgia recipients at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah on November 20. Mr. and Mrs. Eady are members of Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic Church in Savannah.
Named for Francis X. Gartland, the first Bishop of Savannah, the award is given for distinguished service to the Catholic Church in South Georgia. The award was instituted in 2000 to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Diocese of Savannah.
Bishop Gartland, born in Dublin, Ireland in 1805, was named Bishop of the newly erected Diocese of Savannah in July 1850. When a yellow fever epidemic struck the city of Savannah, he visited the sick tirelessly, administering the sacraments, until he, himself, contracted the fever and died in 1854.
The Bishop Gartland Service Award is an honor bestowed by the Diocese of Savannah on persons who have given distinguished service to the Church in the tradition of its first bishop.
Cheryl and Greg Eady are natives of Savannah. They have been married for 29 years and have two children. Cheryl is an administrative assistant and personnel officer at the Economic Opportunity Authority. Greg is the Secretary and Treasurer for the International Longshoremen Union 1414. Cheryl and Greg are dedicated to many ministries at their parish which make them outstanding within their community. In particular the Eadys, with one other parishioner, cochaired the parish capital campaign, “Resurrection is Rising.” Their agreement to take on this role greatly contributed to the success of the campaign. “Greg’s ‘yes’ was indeed sincere,” says Fr. Robert Chaney, pastor of Resurrection of Our Lord. “He and Cheryl have coordinated numerous fundraisers like cruises and the Resurrection Garden. Whatever he does at the church is done in a quiet manner.”