St. Mary Church is a Roman Catholic Parish located in Savannah, Tennessee, with a mission church, Our Lady of the Lake, in Counce, Tennessee. Both churches are served by our Pastor, Fr. Francis Chiawa. Fr. Francis has served in the prieshood for many years in the United States. He has recently received his Doctorate Degree in Rome Italy.
About our Pastor, Rev. Dr. Francis Chiawa: St. Mary’s Catholic Church is proud to announce that Father Francis Chiawa has recently completed four years of study at Angelicum University in Rome; the same university at which Blessed John Paul II was an alumnus. Father Chiawa obtained his Licensia in Sacred Theology after the first two years and then, in the following two years, went on to receive his doctorate in Sacred Theology. His dissertation, which he defended in Rome this fall, is on the 14th century mystic, St. Catherine of Sienna and Her Ecclesial Vision. The now Reverend Doctor Chiawa graduated Magnum Cum Laude. Dr. Chiawa is filled with gratitude to God and to the people of God whose support made this possible. Dr. Chiawa is originally from Nigeria and has been serving in the West Tennessee diocese at St. Mary’s since 2008 with a four year hiatus to continue his studies in Rome. The parishioners of St. Mary’s are proud and blessed to have our pastor back with us. Congratulations Father Francis!