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St. Francis thrift shop grant recipients 2016
St. Francis Thrift Shop donates to 27 local charities

HILTON HEAD—St. Francis Thrift Shop distributed grants to 27 charitable organizations in Hilton Head and Bluffton on June 21. The shop is an outreach of St. Francis by the Sea Church, and its proceeds benefit the parish community and school. It is located along Highway 278 between Mathews Drive and Beach City Road. Since it […]


Volunteers connect giving with receiving at migrant camps

HELENA ISLAND—Hundreds of mi­grant workers who labor in the heat to pick crops in the Beaufort area recently received some welcome ne­cessities thanks to the efforts of the Franciscan Center. Sister Canice Adams of the Sisters of Sts. Cyril and Metho­dius, who run the center, said area churches came together to help the workers. On […]


Deacons gather in Rome and reflect on ministry

ROME—Thousands of permanent deacons and their wives began their Year of Mercy celebration by cutting straight to the heart of what it means to be a deacon, how the ministry impacts their families and the challenge of explaining their vocation to others, including bishops and priests. The pilgrims divided into language groups and hundreds of […]


Holy Family grows from mission to majestic

HILTON HEAD ISLAND—Anne Scott has been a parishioner at Holy Family Church from the start, when it was still a diocesan mission. That was in 1966, when a new car could be had for $2,500 and you could put a gallon of gas in it for 30 cents. Anne and her husband Bob retired to […]


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 […]


Father Gregory West: from make-believe to the real deal

DANIEL ISLAND—Father Gregory West was born as the eye of Hurricane Helene passed over Charleston, so it’s fitting that his staff refers to him as the hurricane, or sometimes the tornado. Either way, he’s a man who is constantly in motion, but his friends say he keeps a sense of peace and joy throughout it […]


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: […]


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 […]


Our Lady of Fatima statue tour

CHARLESTON—The International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be in South Carolina parishes from April 30 to May 21. Check with your church or school for times. The dates are as follows: April 30 to May 1—Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Charleston May 2—St. Francis by the Sea Church and School, […]


Rite of Election brings new faithful to the heart of Christ

T.J. Cofield of Greenville attended various churches while growing up, but never felt really comfortable about faith until he started attend­ing Catholic campus ministry at Furman University. “I found my faith home was in the Catholic Church,” he said. “I con­nected with it. I knew it was where I belonged.” Cofield, who attends St. Anthony […]


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