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Pro-life advocate Helen Alvare‚ to speak in South Carolina

COLUMBIA – Helen Alvare, pro-life spokeswoman for the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, will give a series of lectures and meet with priests from the Diocese of Charleston on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the University of South Carolina. Alvare‚ will also address USC Honors College students and Carolina Scholars on Sept. 4 before traveling to […]

Singletary shares gift of classical dance with youth

By PAUL A. BARRA LAKE CITY – Twenty-five years ago he danced with Baryshnikov, today he dances with Lachaunsky; Lachaunsky Jones, that is. Karl Singletary danced ballet in Europe and across the USA as a young man after training for decades under the world’s greatest Russian classicists. He was the first African American to receive […]

Busy academic year ends for diocesan schools office

By PAUL A. BARRA and JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON – The 1996-97 academic year was an exciting one for the 27 Catholic schools of the diocesan system. Lawrence Oleksiak, diocesan assistant superintendent of schools, talked about the busy and rewarding academic year with The Miscellany recently. The school year ended with three principal positions open as […]

Vinasco to apply experience to Hispanic and migrant ministry

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS A quiet air of confidence is apparent when listening to Diego Hernan Vinasco-Rivera talk about his life leading to the priesthood. That security comes from the assurance of a loving family, a consistent Catholic upbringing, an active participation in his parishes, working with people and the resulting devotion to his religion. […]

Teaching children ‘the realities’ of sex, violence

By MARY HOOD HART Recently, I read a local news story about a grandmother who was distraught because her 15-year-old granddaughter, while staying at the grandmother’s home, ran up a phone bill of over $300 in calls to an international phone-sex line. Apparently unaware that her grandmother was being charged for the calls in less […]

Kendall ‘crosses the threshold’ to Catholicism in the Eucharist

By PAUL A. BARRA Jeffrey A. Kendall went from fallen-away Methodist to Catholic and from construction project manager to priest, all inside of 10 years. Along the way, he earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Wake Forest, one in civil engineering from North Carolina A&T and two master’s degrees from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. […]

Newly ordained can change the world

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS CHARLESTON The stained glass window portraying the Last Supper high above the altar at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist provided an historical reminder for the ceremony taking place beneath it July 12. Four priests were ordained in front of the picture of Jesus Christ sharing the ultimate sacrifice with […]

Dubrouillet engineers change to a new vocation

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH James Dubrouillet’s trek to the priesthood has followed a circuitous route, from Missouri to Texas to South Carolina and seminary training in Washington and Maryland, but following his ordination to the priesthood by Bishop David Thompson at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston on July 12, he will be […]

Brother O’Leary gives gifts from the heart in outreach ministry

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS ORANGEBURG – Brother Jeremiah O’Leary enjoys giving gifts but they do not come wrapped in colored paper and tied with curling ribbons. The new executive director of the Cooperative Church Ministries of Orangeburg gives gifts of the heart in the form of time, care and effort helping others make it through […]

Sisters of Charity Foundation grants $1 million to 58 groups

By RANDLE CHRISTIAN COLUMBIA — The Sisters of Charity Foundation just gave the fight against social ills a million-dollar shot in the arm. Last week, the foundation awarded Good Samaritan grants totaling over $1 million to 58 community organizations in the state. Grants went to innovative projects and programs targeted at poor and underserved South […]

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