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National merit finalists

Schools in the diocese continue to shine, with a total of 10 high school seniors earning top-ranking, national academic honors. Here are the eight students who were named as finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program: Angelica “Clover” Robichaud from Cardinal Newman in Columbia; Thomas Hanahan and Elizabeth Blackwood from Bishop England in Charleston; and […]

Exploring new frontiers: Four principals move on

Every year the diocese has at least one principal retire or move on to another post, but this year is especially poignant as four communities say goodbye — and thank you — to women who have guided their children and their schools through a generation of students. Molly Halasz During her 26 years at St. […]

Friendship program tackles bullying before it starts

Students at Our Lady of the Rosary are learning to recognize and address bullying before it becomes a problem. The school is in its second year using the Palmetto Pals Value of Friendship Program, which is designed to give students the power to stop bullying before it starts. Marianne Tully, principal, said it has been […]

Johnson earns title of Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year

GREENVILLE—Jamila Johnson thinks nothing of driving an hour in each direction to practice with her club volleyball team. Her level of dedication is one of the factors that helped make her the Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year for South Carolina. Jamila first started playing the sport when she was 8. By the time she […]

St. Mary Magdalene creates virtual library

SIMPSONVILLE–The library at St. Mary Magdalene Church began as a collection of books that had accumulated over the years. It was moved from one office to another, rarely used, and few people had access to it. When the parish acquired a privately owned house near the church, a small room was dedicated to the parish […]

Front-line activists face opposition with grace

CLEMSON—Members of Clemson’s Students for Life group provided a valuable lesson on how to handle controversy after one of their pro-life displays was vandalized recently. The group had set up a large exhibit called Cemetery of the Innocents, which contained more than 100 white crosses in memory of children lost to abortion. This year, the […]

McLester McDowell, friend to all, dies at 85

McLester McDowell, before he said his daily prayers each morning, asked the Lord to “please make me a blessing to someone else.” He truly believed he was on Earth to help those less fortunate, whether they were hungry, homeless or ill. This man of simple needs died on Oct. 20 after a brief illness. He […]

Korean community celebrates faith and culture

SPARTANBURG—The Korean Catholic Community held an open house at St. Paul the Apostle Church on Oct. 19 . Top photo, Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone celebrates Mass with Father Choong-yeol Andrew Ryu of St. Andrew Kim Korean Catholic Church of Atlanta. Middle photo, Jennifer Sams (left) and Hyunwoo Austin Choi (right) present flowers to the bishop. […]

World War II vet encourages youth to join, serve with pride

GREENWOOD—When Veterans Day rolls around on Nov. 11, Alex Harris will observe the day from a perspective that is becoming increasingly rare. Harris, 91, is a World War II veteran who served on a destroyer in the U.S. Navy. He is a member of a distinguished but dwindling community. According to statistics compiled by the […]

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