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Catholic Charities faces unrelenting needs after the flood

CONWAY—Normally, Catholic Charities in the Pee Dee serves about 300 families a month. In October, following the statewide disastrous flooding, they saw a record-breaking 2,000 families and are desperately trying to restock their shelves. Kelly Kaminski, regional coordinator of the Pee Dee office, said they are laboring under a perfect storm of needs. Not only […]

Building begins for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton High School

MYRTLE BEACH—When St. Elizabeth Ann Seton High School opens its doors in 2016, it will mark a crowning achievement for Catholic education in the state. Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone, who blessed the property during a groundbreaking ceremony on Nov. 7, said “with the opening of this school, Catholic education will be available for all ages […]

Franciscan Sister Claudia Cunningham dies at age 88

ASTON, Pa.—Franciscan Sister Claudia Cunningham died at Assisi House on Nov. 19. She was 88. A wake will be held at Assisi House on Nov. 25 at 9:30 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. and interment at Our Lady of Angels Cemetery. Sister Claudia (Lillian Marie Cunningham) was born in […]

Catholic Charities recognized for flood relief

Catholic Charities of the Pee Dee participated in an event organized by Gov. Nikki Haley’s office, and attended by the governor, to help flood survivors in Horry and Georgetown counties. The Pee Dee  office provided boxes of food to over 500 people, along with water and cleaning supplies. They were part of an outreach for […]

Knights Assembly 3272 organizes patriotic giving tree

GEORGETOWN/PAWLEYS ISLAND—Knights of Columbus Assembly 3272 recently delivered more than 800 items of clothing, gas and grocery cards, toiletries, linens, reading glasses, and more, to the Ralph H. Johnson V.A. Medical Center in Charleston. Precious Blood of Christ parishioners donated items selected from a dog tag ornamented tree. They also included cards thanking the veterans […]

Purgatory: final purification of souls

The Purgatory Society meets on the fourth Monday of every month at St. Michael Church in Garden City. People who attend pray the rosary and attend Mass specifically to supplicate for the souls in purgatory. The society was started by Father Edward Fitzgerald, the pastor, because he’s had a special devotion to prayer for those […]

Parishes focus on growing needs of senior ministry

One of the fastest growing demographics for almost every parish is senior citizens. Officially listed as anyone over 55, this age bracket can stretch over a range of 40-plus years and a wide spectrum of abilities. Msgr. Edward Lofton, pastor of St. Theresa the Little Flower Church in Summerville, said the whole coast — and […]

Majority of diocesan properties escape with reparable flood damage

Churches and schools have started the recovery process after historic floods hit the state during the first week of October. “Everybody is pretty much dried out, and now we’re waiting on repair and cost estimates from water mitigation providers,” said Tracy Bates, claims risk manager for Catholic Mutual Group. “We also need to get inventory […]

Communities pitch in to help those in need

For more than a week, Brian Brown anxiously watched the waters of the rising Waccamaw River creep steadily higher through the Rosewood Estates subdivision in the Socastee community near Myrtle Beach. He ended up with more than a foot of water in his garage, but thankfully, the rest of the house his family has called […]

Willoughbys want to give the light of faith to all

“I just feel more alive!” That was Karen Willoughby’s response to her week in Philadelphia attending the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis’ visit. Her 14-year-old granddaughter Kaiya traveled with her. Both live in Myrtle Beach and attend St. James Church in Conway. Mrs. Willoughby said workshops, worship and sharing her faith with people […]

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