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Two earn Catholic service awards
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Hinesville residents Martha Rakes and Geoffrey Pike are the recipients of a 2008 Bishop Gartland Service Award from the Catholic Diocese of Savannah.
Rakes and Pike were two of 70 men and women who were honored for the service they provide to their parishes and their communities in South Georgia. Savannah Bishop J. Kevin Boland conferred the awards Nov. 23 during Mass for the Feast of Christ the King at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah.
Rakes and Pike are members of St. Stephen, First Martyr parish in Hinesville, Rakes for 22 years and Pike for seven years. Rakes has led a Spanish Bible study group at St. Stephen, and recently started an outreach to the poor. Pike is one of the parish leaders and a leader in the Spanish community.
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.
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