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Black Catholic Congress opens hearts to concerns of youth

GREENVILLE—More than 150 Catholics from parishes across the Palmetto State gathered at Furman University to celebrate the gifts that African Americans bring to the church, and to join in pastoral planning for the evangelization of black Catholics. The Diocese of Charleston’s Black Catholic Congress was held at Furman University’s Younts Con­ference Center. The event kicked […]

Father Bernard Campbell takes a Golden Jubilee tour

CLEMSON—Paulist Father Bernard J. Campbell is marking his golden jubi­lee as an ordained priest with what he likes to call his “victory lap.” The New York native officially celebrates his 50th year in the priest­hood on April 27, but in the lead-up to that special day, the soon-to-be 76-year-old is visiting the commu­nities he once […]

Community responds to parishioner’s call

GREER—A small parish community has embraced a “unique call for help” from a fellow parishioner. Since mid-December, St. Rafka Maronite has included in its weekly parish bulletin a letter from Joe Baranski, a retired engineer and mem­ber of the church for the past eight years. Baranski has been diagnosed with end-stage kidney disease, the final […]

Free-throw winners

SIMPSONVILLE—The Knights of Colum­bus Council 10819 held its annual Youth Basketball Free-Throw Chal­lenge at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Greenville recently. Those win­ners then competed with other final­ists in their gender and age groups at a district event. The district winners advance to state finals on Feb. 24 at Cardinal Newman School in Colum­bia. The […]

High school men learn to keep spiritually fit

LEESVILLE—The fitness regimen known as CrossFit requires a great deal of training and discipline in order to successfully complete the high-inten­sity workouts. For the 57 participants of the High School Young Men’s Retreat, the message was how to apply that same level of commitment to their spiri­tual lives. “We’ve had talks by several people discussing […]

St. Joseph’s Catholic in Greenville celebrates 25 years

GREENVILLE—The first classes at St. Joseph’s Catholic School took place in August of 1993, in the living room of a borrowed house off Augusta Road. The principal’s office was in the dining room. The student body of 13 did their science experiments in the kitchen. Twenty-five years later, the school has more than 600 youth […]

St. Mary Magdalene Church shares in the story of its patroness

SIMPSONVILLE—Father Declan Gibson brought an Advent message to St. Mary Magdalene Church Dec. 4, telling more than 300 people the “untold story” of their parish patroness. Using Father Sean Davidson’s 2017 book, “Mary Magdalene, Prophetess of Eucharistic Love”, Father Gibson explained why St. Mary Magdalene is often referred to as “the apostle to the apostles.” […]

St. Mary Magdalene offers thanks at multicultural Mass

SIMPSONVILLE—St. Mary Magdalene Church held what has become an annual multicultural Thanksgiving Day Mass, with more than 1,200 people participating in a wonderful celebration of the Eucharist on Thanksgiving Morning. A variety of cultures including Hispanic, German, French, Polish, Italian, and Filipino were all represented. The Mass was initiated by Father Teofilo Trujillo, pastor of St. Mary […]

Franciscan Father Aubrey McNeil, known for his warmth and humor, dies

ANDERSON—Franciscan Father Aubrey McNeil, parochial vicar of St. Mary of the Angels Church, died Dec. 5 in Massachusetts. He was 72. A memorial Mass will be offered on Dec. 15 at St. Mary of the Angels. Father Aubrey was born the second of four children on Feb. 16, 1945, in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. […]

Catholic Charities helps 300th family recover from disaster

MYRTLE BEACH—Catholic Charities recently reached a milestone in its ongoing mission to help people after floods, hurricanes and other weath­er events that have hit the state hard in the past two years. In early November, the agency an­nounced it had helped its 300th fam­ily move back into safe, clean, secure housing since fall 2015. When […]

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