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1997

Discovering the secrets of Mepkin Abbey

By CATHERINE ROMAINE “The present is the past and the past is the present.” Peter Blauner, from the Intruder MONCKS CORNER — Just outside of Charleston, moss-covered trees line a road that leads to one of the state’s most beautiful places and best kept secrets. It is there, at Mepkin Abbey, that 28 monks celebrate […]


Training for diocesan youth ministers planned

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON — A youth ministry training weekend sponsored by the diocesan Office of Youth Ministry will be held Jan. 17-18 at the White Oak Conference Center near Columbia. According to Jerry White, diocesan director of Youth Ministry, the weekend is designed for those who are involved in ministry with young people, such […]


Holiday plans filled with love and hope

By MARY HOOD HART Are you ready for Christmas? Somebody asked me that the other day. And I answered honestly: No, I haven’t even started. It’s that time of year again when strangers strike up conversations about Christmas preparedness — as if we’re all gearing up to face a threatening storm. Indeed, my Christmas preparations […]


A child’s guiding spirit

By RANDLE CHRISTIAN COLUMBIA — A little girl with an ear for music and an uncommon faith in God was the guiding spirit behind the St. Joseph Choir’s “A Festival of Lessons and Carols.” “If we had never gotten to know Anna, we would have never gotten to know Jim and the CD never would […]


Bell at Sacred Heart to get a tune-up

By JOEY REISTROFFER GAFFNEY — For more than 30 years, a 2,000-pound bronze bell made in Belgium has been ringing in the Masses and bringing in the faithful at Sacred Heart Church. It still peels out the resonating chime that can be heard for miles around Gaffney. The ringer, however, needs a little work. So […]


1997 – YEAR IN REVIEW – A year of hope and loss for the Diocese of Charleston

By NANCY CZABALA Amid the exciting growht and future planning, the Diocese of Charleston, along with the world, was faced with a great loss this year. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, “Mother of All Living,” touched every corner of the world with her inspirational words and unconditional love for all people. Early in the year, Mother […]


Poor turn to self sufficiency through ministry

TAYLORS — Catholic Charities of the Piedmont Deanery recently commissioned the first group of “Poverellas” to go forth to mentor/sponsor people needing assistance in gaining independent living. Over 40 people gathered for the training day at Prince of Peace Church in Taylors last month, where parishioners there, along with ones from Blessed Trinity in Greer, […]


Parishioners gather to rekindle a legacy

By RANDLE CHRISTIAN COLUMBIA — St. Joseph Parish has set out on a journey of faith, hope and love. The parish, one of the largest in the Midlands, has outgrown both its church and school. Now the church community is coming together to improve and expand its existing buildings and add a couple of new […]


Finding God on the journey

By JULIE DOWNS It is hard not to be overwhelmed and moved by the faith while visiting Rome. I should know. I tried hard not to be. I joined Bishop David B. Thompson, the Cathedral Choir and more than 180 others on a pilgrimage to this holy city. In the ensuing conflict between my generational […]


Diocese of Charleston honors the ‘Little Flower’

By PAUL A. BARRA CHARLESTON — The bishop of Charleston has his own take on some sage advice given to St. Augustine by St. Ambrose 1,600 years ago. For Bishop David B. Thompson, his 33rd visit to the other Holy City last month occasioned an urge within him to replicate his latest Rome experience at […]


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    Aug 178:10 am Orientation: 9th and 10th grades
    From the Calendar of Bishop England Charleston
    11:30 am 1st Day of School
    From the Calendar of St. Michael School Murrells Inlet
    5:30 pm Family/Teacher Meeting
    From the Calendar of Holy Trinity North Myrtle Beach
    6:00 pm Back to School Night
    From the Calendar of St. Anthony School Florence
    6:30 pm New Family Orientation
    From the Calendar of St. Joseph School Columbia
    Aug 18 CORE Training Weekend
    From the Calendar of Youth Ministry
    Get the Scoop
    From the Calendar of St. Anne School Rock Hill
    Teacher work day
    From the Calendar of St. Anthony of Padua School Greenville
    Teacher PD- M. Beach
    From the Calendar of St. Anthony School Florence
    8:10 am Orientation: 11th and 12th grades
    From the Calendar of Bishop England Charleston
    9:00 am Meet your Teacher (Grades K5-8)
    From the Calendar of Our Lady of the Rosary Greenville
    9:00 am Parent meeting/workshop
    From the Calendar of Our Lady of the Rosary Greenville
    Ministry Moments at SHE Upstate Women's Show
    From the Calendar of Ethnic Ministries
    11:30 am Early Dismissal
    From the Calendar of St. Michael School Murrells Inlet
    12:00 pm Open House/Extra Curricular Fair
    From the Calendar of St. Joseph School Columbia
    2:00 pm New Family Orientation
    From the Calendar of St. Martin de Porres School Columbia
    7:00 pm Doctrina Social #2
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Aug 198:00 am Campus clean-up
    From the Calendar of Our Lady of the Rosary Greenville
    9:00 am K3-K5 Orientation
    From the Calendar of St. Mary School Greenville
    10:00 am Junta de Vicaria (Columbia)
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil