Many longtime parishioners of Nativity Catholic Church gathered June 13 for breakfast and a Mass in honor of founding-member Anne Davis' 95th birthday.
"It was great to spend the time together sharing old memories," said Peggy Tyska. "Anne doesn't change. She still has a quick wit and it was a pleasure to be with her again."
Davis, who donated 44 acres to Hillsborough County to create Davis Park in Brandon in honor of her late husband, Dr. Robert J. Davis, was instrumental in the 1954 effort to establish the first Roman Catholic Church in the Brandon area.
An organizational committee met at the Davis home, the town was divided into four sections, and committee members conducted a census, knocking on doors asking if any Catholics lived there. They collected enough signatures to prove the need for a Catholic mission outreach from St. Clement Catholic Church in Plant City. Eventually Nativity Catholic Church was begun.