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Freedom for religion helps humanity

Recently I was sitting in the atrium of the Savannah-Hilton Head airport sipping a cap­puccino. As I was looking down at the morning marvel of foam and cinnamon, I was startled to hear my name. At the time, I’d been think­ing about the First Amendment to the Bill of Rights. (Seriously. I’m an incurable nerd.) […]

Little things can mean a lot

“Do little things for little people with little or no rec­ognition or reward.” Those were the words of Msgr. Ronald Cellini, founding father of the John Paul II School in Ridgeland, as he addressed the class of 2018 at gradu­ation. A memorable commencement address is hard to find. Yet this was another with a great […]

SCCCW raises awareness and funds to end domestic violence

For six years, South Carolina has been at or near the top of a grim list — the ranking of states with the highest number of women killed by men in domestic violence situations. In 2017, the state was fifth in the nation, according to a study released by the Violence Policy Center. Sta­tistics show […]

St. Francis group identifies their spiritual gifts

HILTON HEAD ISLAND—The Faith Alive Team at St. Francis by the Sea Church marked the celebration of Pentecost by focusing on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. As part of the celebration, the team sponsored a talk by Terrie Baldwin, director of the Office of Evangelization for the Diocese of Cleveland, who explained that her […]

Students harvest STREAM disciplines through gardening

BLUFFTON—Barbara Pittman is plant­ing the seeds of knowledge among fifth- and sixth-graders at St. Grego­ry the Great School. Pittman, a language arts and dra­ma teacher, received a $2,500 grant from S2TEM Centers SC for her proj­ect, “Heaven Scent: A Loofah Gourd Soap Project.” The goal, she said, is to demonstrate the real-world uses of science, […]

Matthew Kelly urges people to learn holiness is possible

BEAUFORT—Matthew Kelly arrived at St. Peter Church to a sellout crowd. The founder of The Dynamic Catholic Institute began the Feb. 11 event by telling the crowd, “God wants you to become a phenomenal decision maker,” and ended by sharing what he calls “the biggest lie in the history of Christianity.” “Holiness is not possible […]

Priests learn that leadership comes in many forms

MYRTLE BEACH—Leadership might not be the first skill that comes to mind when we think about what makes a good priest. Knowledge of Scripture, Church teaching and strong homilies might seem more important. Without the ability to lead, however, none of those skills help a priest run a parish and bring people to a close […]

Immigrant Families Initiative helps with various needs

COLUMBIA—Three neighborhoods in Beaufort County that are home to mostly Hispanic immigrants are part of Narenda Sharma’s ongoing efforts to help poor families leave poverty behind. He is founder and director of the Neighborhood Outreach Connec­tion, a non-profit organization that helps low-income people around the Hilton Head and Beaufort areas. “We see our mission as […]

Catholic-Jewish convocation held at St. Francis by the Sea

HILTON HEAD ISLAND—Rabbi Brad Bloom reminded a crowd at St. Francis by the Sea Church of a solemn anniver­sary dating back 79 years. In that November of 1939, Jewish people were attacked and killed in Germany, and thou­sands of synagogues, Jewish-owned businesses, schools and homes were vandalized and destroyed by Nazis during a rampage of terror […]

St. Francis sweeps volleyball tourney

SUMMERVILLE—The results are in for the Diocese of Charleston Youth Volleyball Tournament held at Bethany Methodist recently, hosted by Summerville Catholic school and their athletic  director, Jean Fox. A total of 16 teams competed from 12 schools: St. Andrew in Myrtle Beach, St. Anne in Rock Hill, Charleston Catholic, Blessed Sacrament and Nativity from Charleston, […]

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