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Father Sandy McDonald finds everything that brings him joy

COLUMBIA—A composition teacher at Lugoff-Elgin High School made a sugges­tion that sparked Father Sandy McDonald’s vocation to the priesthood. He had been immersed in the faith since birth, raised one of seven children in a strong Catholic home. In high school, McDon­ald became more interested in learning about his faith and when asked to write […]


Students travel a world of knowledge at geography bee

Schools in the Diocese of Charles­ton are doing their best to make liars of that old song that proclaims students “don’t know much about geogra­phy.” This year, 12 schools had stu­dents who qualified to compete in the 2016 South Carolina National Geographic State Bee held in Co­lumbia. Of those 12, two students made it to […]


Adrian Dominican Sister Patricia Cecile Slattery dies at 87

ADRIAN, MICH.—Sister Patricia Cecile Slattery, formerly known as Patricia Jean Slattery, died on April 17 at the Dominican Life Center. She was 87 and in her 69th year in the Adrian Dominican Congregation. The Mass of Christian Burial was held in the congregation cemetery on April 18. A Memorial Mass will be held April 26 […]


Sister Evelyn Marie Hartnett dies at 89

Aston, PA—Sister Evelyn Marie Hartnett, a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 65 years, died on April 6. She was 89. All services will be held in Assisi House on April 12.  A Christian wake service will be held at 9:30 a.m. followed by a viewing. The Mass of Christian […]


Strathern earns spot in state geography bee

ANDERSON—Luciana Strathern, an eighth-grade student at St. Joseph School, was named as a semifinalist in the 2016 South Carolina National Geographic State Bee to be held April 1 in Columbia. She is the daughter of Dr. David and Kari Strathern. This is the ninth year in a row that a St. Joseph student has qualified […]


Hoop stars in the diocese

The Diocese of Charleston’s annual Youth Basketball Tournament drew 49 teams to compete for top honors, said Laurie Ulmer, athletic director at St. Mary Help of Christians School and tournament organizer. Here are the winners of the competition: Senior Girls Champions (pictured): St. Mary – Greenville defeated Christ Our King/Haring – Mount Pleasant, 46-21 Silver Division: […]


St. Mary Church in Edgefield battles the elements

EDGEFIELD—St. Mary of the Immacu­late Conception Church has been dealt a double blow by nature. A severe thunderstorm that blew through the town in the spring of 2015 knocked the cross off the bell tower and also damaged its tile roof extensively. The church, parish hall and parish office also have long-term damage caused by […]


A USO social leads to 70 years of happy marriage

AIKEN—A swimming party hosted by the USO in 1945 changed Donald Darr’s life. Darr, who was in his early 20s at the time, was serving with the Army Air Corps at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah. He attended the social event with the pilot of his flight crew. His friend pointed out one of the […]


Transformed by mercy: Indulgences open door to moments of grace

There are some subjects we discuss that are like pulling the loose thread on a sweater. Once you start, what appeared to be a short thread keeps going and going. The matter of indulgences is one such topic. We often think of the indulgence as the Catholic version of the ‘get out of jail free […]


Celebrating the promise to love and honor

AIKEN—Imagine a marriage that lasted 9,000 years. That’s how many years of matrimony were represented among the 300 couples who attended the annual Marriage Anniversary Celebration held Feb. 21 at St. Mary Help of Christians Church. They ranged from newlyweds to senior citizens and came from 25 different parishes. Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone celebrated Mass […]


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    From the Calendar of Blessed Sacrament Charleston
    All Day Grandparents' Day
    From the Calendar of Christ Our King Mount Pleasant
    All Day Report Card
    From the Calendar of Our Lady of Peace North Augusta
    All Day Report Card
    From the Calendar of St. Anthony of Padua School Greenville
    All Day Early Dismissal- Professional In-Service
    From the Calendar of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Carolina Forest
    All Day End of Third Quarter
    From the Calendar of St. John Neumann School Columbia
    All Day 5th Grade Star Base
    From the Calendar of St. Joseph School Columbia
    All Day End 3rd Quarter
    From the Calendar of St. Joseph School Columbia
    All Day 6th Grade Retreat
    From the Calendar of St. Joseph School Columbia
    All Day End of 3rd Quarter
    From the Calendar of St. Martin de Porres School Columbia
    All Day End of Third Quarter
    From the Calendar of St. Peter School Columbia
    All Day Report Cards- Parent/Teacher Conferences
    From the Calendar of Nativity Charleston
    9:00 am Mass
    From the Calendar of Our Lady of the Rosary Greenville
    12:00 pm NOON DISMISSAL (Parent-Teacher Conferences)
    From the Calendar of Christ Our King Mount Pleasant
    2:15 pm School Stations of the Cross
    From the Calendar of St. Mary School Greenville
    All Day Report Cards Emailed
    From the Calendar of St. Mary School Greenville
    All Day Fish Fry
    From the Calendar of St. Michael School Murrells Inlet
    All Day Variety Show
    From the Calendar of St. Mary School Greenville
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    From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
    Mar 259:00 am Day of Continuing Education for Deacons
    From the Calendar of Diaconate