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Samuel Pierce shares his recovery from addiction to help others

AIKEN—Four years ago, Samuel Pierce was only 18 but his life had hit rock bottom. The teen struggled with drug and alcohol addiction, and had abandoned his family and faith. His parents, Deacon Robert Pierce and Donna Pierce told him he could no longer live under their roof if he continued to abuse drugs. Months […]


St. Benedict mural

GREER—St. Benedict Catholic Store added a new mural to their building recently. Kipp and Stepha­nie McIntyre, the owners, were inspired by the Extraordinary Form Masses they attend at Prince of Peace Church in Taylors. They said the mural, still in progress, depicts Calvary and the Holy Mass and is a teaching tool for those outside […]


Authors try to help couples relate through temperaments

There is a way to understand hu­man personalities that is based on knowledge from ancient Greece that is still used today to help couples with their mar­riages. Art and Laraine Bennett of Virginia know some people might think that is strange, but they’ve devoted much of their lives to show­ing people why it works. They […]


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 […]


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    Jan 199:00 am Ecumenical Prayer Service
    From the Calendar of St. Joseph School Columbia
    9:00 am Mass
    From the Calendar of Our Lady of the Rosary Greenville
    7:00 pm Curso 1- CIC/Biblia Tema #1
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Jan 208:30 am Diaconate Formation Class
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Jan 21 National School Choice Week
    From the Calendar of St. John School North Charleston
    Open House
    From the Calendar of St. Joseph School Anderson
    8:30 am Diaconate Formation Class
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Jan 22 Early Dismissal
    From the Calendar of St. Peter School Columbia
    Faculty In-service
    From the Calendar of St. Martin de Porres School Columbia
    2:00 Dismissal
    From the Calendar of St. Joseph School Columbia
    Faculty In-service
    From the Calendar of St. John Neumann School Columbia
    2:00 p.m. Dismissal Teacher Inservice
    From the Calendar of Cardinal Newman School
    Jan 23 Report Cards
    From the Calendar of St. Mary Help of Christians Aiken
    Report Cards Issued
    From the Calendar of St. Anthony School Florence
    8:30 am YEAR III FORMATION FOR MISSION AND MINISTRY PROGRAM SCHEDULE SECOND SEMESTER
    From the Calendar of Office of Pastoral Formation
    7:00 pm Curso 1: CIC/Biblia Tema #1
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Jan 24 Quarter 2 Honor Roll TAG Day
    From the Calendar of Bishop England Charleston
    Candy Bar Sales begin
    From the Calendar of St. Michael School Murrells Inlet
    Early dismissal AFTER lunch
    From the Calendar of St. Mary Help of Christians Aiken
    Report Cards
    From the Calendar of St. Gregory the Great School