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Family and friends praise centenarian’s endless legacy of love

COLUMBIA—Vashti Jackson Woodson does not hesitate when asked how she feels about her 100 years of life. “I’m happy about everything!” she said. “My life has always been happy from the beginning up until the present. I’ve had a wonderful life!” Her words are accompanied by a radiant smile that lights up her entire face. […]

St. Peter Church is elevated to a basilica

COLUMBIA—A distinguished new title was bestowed upon St. Peter Church on June 24, when it was announced that the historic house of worship on Assembly Street will now be known as the Basilica of St. Peter. It is the first minor basilica in South Carolina and the 85th in the United States. The announcement was […]

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 […]

Meisners turn dream trip to Alaska into spiritual journey

COLUMBIA—With summer right around the corner, many people are planning vacations, with theme parks, beaches and campgrounds some of the most popular destinations. Those who don’t have young children to amuse or who have already had their fill of such attractions might want to consider something a little different — a vacation and pilgrimage wrapped […]

St. Philip Neri becomes the latest to add Byzantine worship

FORT MILL—Access to the Byzantine style of worship in South Carolina continues to grow. A mission was recently established in the Rock Hill area by the Byzan­tine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic, N.J. Since Jan. 6, crowds ranging from 40 to 90 people have met on Satur­days in the parish life building at St. Philip Neri […]

St. Theresa Church in Winnsboro to hold 50th anniversary Mass and reception

WINNSBORO—St. Theresa Church will hold a special Mass to celebrate its 50th anniversary on June 2 at 6 p.m., with Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone and Msgr. James LeBlanc. Mass will be followed by a reception in the parish hall. Nancy Watkins, an original member of St. Theresa, said the church building was constructed in 1968, but the parish […]

MORE seeks ways to end poverty

COLUMBIA—People from four Midlands parishes are putting faith into ac­tion through membership in MORE Justice, a growing interfaith orga­nization that holds public officials accountable for their responsibility to care for those in need. The group’s acronym stands for Midlands Organized Response for Equity and Justice. Members come from 25 area churches and two syna­gogues. Their […]

Grief support groups offer lasting support

SIMPSONVILLE/COLUMBIA—When the last visitor’s car pulls away after a funeral or visitation, the newly be­reaved may face an empty house and a frightening chasm of loneliness. They often ask “What do I do now?” Rita Cipriani and Millie Peterson, members of St. Mary Magdalene Church, both experienced that emp­tiness after they lost their husbands. The […]

Sister Roberta is trading her principal role for new challenges

COLUMBIA—Since 2006, Sister Roberta Fulton has worked to help every student at St. Martin de Porres School live up to the motto she developed shortly after her arrival there: “Everybody is a shining star!” The Sister of St. Mary of Namur said her work with students in her role as principal has been a great […]

Venerating the relics of St. Anthony of Padua

LEXINGTON—Father Ray Carlo told The Miscellany in a recent email that Corpus Christi parishioners enjoyed the relics of St. Anthony of Padua. Previously, he said, he was blessed to concelebrate Mass with the friars in the Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua in Italy, but the relics there were kept behind bulletproof glass and a […]

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