New Catholic Church planned for west Hattiesburg

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Plans are underway for a new Catholic Church in West Hattiesburg.

The New Church, St. Fabian, is the brainchild of Father Tommy Conway of St. Thomas Aquinas. Conway said he has wanted a church to be in this part of Hattiesburg for almost 30 years.

"We had been talking about it for 30 years," said Conway. "And many years ago, a man by the name of Richard Fabian donated this property."

Conway has an appointment for six years with the property with the possibility for renewing six additional years, and he hopes that there will be more new buildings on the property during this 12 year span.

The site for St. Fabian is near Willow Pointe in the Bellevue area.

Both Catholics and non-Catholics alike gathered at the Lake Serene Clubhouse Monday for a special mass that commemorated the event.

Conway said during mass that future mass meetings for St. Fabian will be held at Benedict Day School.

St. Fabian Church takes its name from a Pope by the name of Saint Fabian who lived in the year 250, and Conway chose to unveil the church specifically on January 20 because it is the date for the Feast of St. Fabian.

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