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Young mom shares global faith with her girls

Disappointment was like a vise around Zsanic Carle’s heart as she packed up her two little girls and headed back to the hotel without seeing the pope. It was a tough sacrifice for Carle, who said if Pope Francis had groupies, she would be one. The family had secured a spot right by the fence […]

Storm leaves SC residents in state of emergency

CHARLESTON—It was called the 1,000 year storm and brought extreme rains that deluged South Caro­lina over the past week resulting in catastrophic flooding in the Midlands and places around the Lowcountry. The media reported that at least 15 peo­ple lost their lives and rescuers plucked hundreds from swamped cars and flooded houses. Even though the […]

Life Chains link prayerful protesters across state

October is Respect Life month. Out of the many events designed to call awareness to a culture of life is the annual Life Chain. They will be held on Oct. 4 in most cities unless otherwise noted. Find one near you: AIKEN—118 Bypass (Rudy Mason Hwy.) at 183 Old Wagener Road, 2:50- 4 p.m.; Rhonda […]

Rite of Admission and graduations reveal a bright future for the diaconate

COLUMBIA—An event held at Our Lady of the Hills Church on Sept. 20 highlighted a bright future for the permanent diaconate in South Carolina. Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone celebrated Mass and officiated at a Rite of Admission for diaconate candidates and a graduation ceremony for the class of 2016, whose members will be ordained in […]

Father Mendonca is grateful for a warm welcome

MYRTLE BEACH—Father Norbert Mendonca recently spent his lunch hour darting between tables at the Sea Captain’s House restaurant, urging his family members to try local seafood specialties such as she-crab soup. The setting—a historic restaurant in a tourist town in South Carolina—was almost unheard of in his life a year ago, when he was serving […]

Eleven new principals take the helm at 10 schools

One of the biggest changes any school can make is in leadership. This year, 10 schools in the Diocese of Charleston hired new principals. As the 2015-2016 academic year rolls to a start, here are the new faces greeting children, parents and staff. Administrators must have or be actively pursuing a master’s degree plus five […]

Like it or not, parents have to monitor tech use, experts say

More kids this year attend schools where laptops and tablets have replaced traditional textbooks. Add them to the smartphones many youth carry, and that’s a lot of technology at their fingertips. Plus it means one more thing that parents need to learn about and monitor. Internet predators, easy access to pornography and the role that […]

If you don’t want to eat live, infectious bacteria, then wash your hands

Colds and flus and stomach bugs — they’re all part of the school year, but children and parents can help protect themselves from those illnesses. School officials said they all maintain a strict, daily cleaning regimen in an effort to keep germs under control. In addition to what the janitorial crews do, teachers and staff […]

Vercellotti’s quiet persistence is faith in action

PAWLEYS ISLAND—When Len Vercellotti was a boy growing up in Illinois, he would peer longingly into a cedar chest where his father Joseph, a fourth degree Knight of Columbus, stored his sword and regalia. He fondly remembers the charitable work his dad did with the fraternal organization, and spending Saturdays at the local Knights’ hall […]

Fresh produce distribution brings out the best at St. Cyprian

GEORGETOWN—About 232 families went home with fresh fruit and produce after a food distribution effort at St. Cyprian Church July 16. The give-away was a partnership between the church and Catholic Charities’ Pee Dee Office. “It was a wonderful initiative,” said Vincentian Sister Madeline Kavanagh, parish life facilitator. “There was a beautiful spirit among the […]

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