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Schools wrap up 1996-97

Sumter Catholic High School holds last graduation SUMTER — Graduation is always a special occasion for a high school, but the 1997 commencement exercises for The Sumter Catholic High School were historical. The Class of ’97 is the last class that will ever graduate from the school. Sumter Catholic has been closed by the Diocese […]

Schools wrap up 1996-97: Cardinal Newman High School graduates 47

COLUMBIA — Cardinal Newman High School graduated 43 seniors in June 3 ceremonies at St. Peter’s Church. Bishop David B. Thompson delivered the commencement address . Laura M. Greer was the salutatorian and Joshua R. Rushman gave the valedictory address for the CNHS class of ’97. Twenty-two of the 43 graduates won a total of […]

Schools wrap up 1996-97: Bishop England High School graduates 161

CHARLESTON — Bishop England High School graduated 161 seniors at a June 2 ceremony at the Gaillard Auditorium. Fifty-four of those graduates won a total of 160 college scholarships worth nearly $1 million dollars. Patrick Michael Duffy, United States District judge, delivered the commencement address. Katherine “Kate” E. Worley, the first honor graduate, was valedictorian […]

Children, schools enriched by exposure to the creative arts

By MARY HOOD HART   Thumbing through Fortune magazine, I was startled to see the headline: “Wanted: Liberal Arts Grads.” A survey conducted by colleges in Geneva, New York, suggests that CEOs value a liberal arts education more than most of us realize. Indeed, 90 percent of CEOs surveyed believe a liberal arts education is […]

Shooting stained glass is passion for Kanapaux

By PAUL A. BARRA CHARLESTON — Bill Kanapaux is reluctant to say that he is obsessed with photographing stained glass windows, but he does admit to a passion for the work. That passion has resulted in a project that has both documented the historic beauty of the stained glass in the diocesan cathedral and made […]

Our Lady of Guadalupe is Hernandez’ life’s work

By PAUL A. BARRA MOUNT PLEASANT — Maybe his mother made him do it at the beginning, but Jose “Pepe” Hernandez is now so completely committed to Our Lady of Guadalupe that he has evolved into a walking encyclopedia on the patroness of the Americas. He feels called, he said, to search out arcane nuggets […]

Christ Our King installing traditional pipe organ

By PAUL A. BARRA MOUNT PLEASANT — When the electronic organ at Christ Our King parish needed replacing, the congregation decided to go with a traditional pipe organ despite the fact that the suburban Charleston church is so crowded on weekends that the only room is in the sanctuary. Workers are now assembling the instrument […]

Synod implementation beginning to roll across diocese

By PAUL A. BARRACHARLESTON — Six weeks into his first-ever diocesan job, former Air Force analyst and computer consultant Jay E. LeVan sat down with The Miscellany last week and gave us his first impressions as the director of Planning and Synod Implementation. LeVan has traveled among the parishes of the Diocese of Charleston during […]

Catholic Banner’s first editor learned on the job

By PAUL A. BARRA COLUMBIA — When Bishop John J. Russell appointed Msgr. Roy F. Aiken to be the editor of The Catholic Banner in 1951, neither the priest nor the newspaper had any background to rely on. Father Aiken was a young priest without any training in journalism; The Banner’s predecessor had been out […]

Bishop Thompson blesses ground for new facility

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON — In what was described as a “win, win, win” situation for all involved, Bishop David B. Thompson blessed the ground at the site of the new Bishop England High School facility on Daniel Island June 12. The event was previously scheduled April 27, but was canceled due to rain. Following […]

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