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Buchanan going from reluctant altar boy to diocesan priesthood

By PAUL A. BARRA Scott James-Allen Buchanan did not attend Catholic grammar school, high school or college, and when his pastor wanted him to become an altar boy as a youth, he didn’t want to do it. But his mother insisted, and the experience changed his life forever. On July 12, Deacon Scott Buchanan will […]

Mission, vision key for Institute’s board members

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON – A review of curriculum recommendations, possible faculty members, resource centers, and course length and frequency of classes were among items discussed at the recent meeting of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Parish Leadership Development. Ten members of the group gathered in Charleston July 11 to discuss policies […]

Sanctuary rededication marks new chapter for St. Andrew’s

By TIM BULLARD MYRTLE BEACH As Bishop David B. Thompson anointed the altar of St. Andrew’s Church newly renovated sanctuary June 22, Msgr. Joseph Roth and his parish celebrated the conclusion of a challenging quest. “I am delighted to be here today to rededicate your church and bless again your altar,” said Bishop Thompson in […]

Priest wonders what is in store for Hong Kong after visit

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS Like most people, Father Rick LaBrecque wonders what life will be like in Hong Kong after returning to Chinese sovereignity, but his curiosity is made more intense, having seen the island recently in its before state. The pastor of St. James Church in Conway traveled to the island for a 10-day […]

Shimica Gaskins relies on faith, parents

By PAUL A. BARRA LAKE CITY She may be only 16 years old, but Shimica Gaskins already knows the weight of evangelization on her shoulders. She has learned to carry it well, to demonstrate the impact one soul can make. Shimica is one of four Catholics in all of Lake City High School. She’s bright […]

New DDF grant applications share gifts diocesan-wide

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON – New improved guidelines and an updated application form have been developed for the 1997-98 Diocesan Development Fund (DDF), and the Stewardship and Development Office is currently looking for applicants in South Carolina communities. “The development of a clear, concise application process, coupled with guidelines directed toward the six major criteria […]

Appreciating our freedoms

By MARY HOOD HART In July 4, amidst the picnics and fireworks, I sometimes feel the reason for our celebration is drowned out by all the noise. I wonder if my children really understand what we’re celebrating. My older children have studied the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, our founding fathers. They […]

Education and crafts offered to island youths

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH JOHNS ISLAND “Yes I can” was an appropriate theme for the summer education program at Our Lady of Mercy Outreach Center, as about 20 children from Kiawah, Seabrook, and John’s Island met for three weeks to receive “enrichment and reinforcement,” according to Sister Mary Joseph Ritter, OLM, center director. Each session, designed […]

Pastoral administrators from three dioceses meet for first time

By MATT DOYLE DURHAM, N.C. The gathering was to exchange ideas, frustrations, hopes, dreams and experiences. When it was over, the 31 pastoral administrators and coordinators decided to do it again next year. Parish leaders from three dioceses in the region gathered at Avila Retreat Center June 12 for a 12-hour meeting on their ministry. […]

‘Beginnings and Beyond’ participants experience growing pains

By BOB SAYER COLUMBIA – For participants of the “Beginnings and Beyond Institute,” held recently at the Capstone Conference Center of the University of South Carolina, many new, and sometimes difficult insights were gained into the growing process of those going through the church’s Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). The week-long workshop began […]

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