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1998

College students bring faith to forefront at retreat

By JULIE CAVANAUGH TABLE ROCK — With over half of the semester completed, college students around the state gathered to share faith and fellowship at a retreat Oct. 23-25 in Table Rock, S.C. Following the theme, “Encountering Self, Others and God,” the students discussed how God is active and present in their lives and how […]


Gambling revenues create dangerous precedents

By REV. MSGR. THOMAS R. DUFFY Recently I read in the National Catholic Register that 18 Canadian Church leaders, representing most of the major Church bodies in their country, had sent a joint letter to their government calling for an independent review of state-sponsored gambling in Canada. The Church leaders called for “a moratorium on […]


Discovering a new route on road of life

By MARY HOOD HART Like most mothers of school-age children, I spend a lot of time on the road. My van is less than two years old, and its odometer reads over 50,000 miles. Most of those miles were accumulated traveling back and forth on a long stretch of Highway 17. Most of those miles […]


Bishop bids a fond farewell in Charleston

By NANCY CZABALA CHARLESTON — As parishioners filled the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist on Sunday, Nov. 1, for the 11 a.m. Mass, they were not just coming to worship, but to extend a prayer of gratitude for Bishop David B. Thompson at a Mass of Thanksgiving. After traveling around the diocese and celebrating […]


Diocese projects a severe priest shortage by 2004

Five years from now there will be one-third fewer priests available for parish assignments in the Diocese of Charleston than there are today This estimate was developed by Msgr. James Carter, vicar general and chairman of the personnel committee, the four deans, representatives of the Charleston peninsular parishes and diocesan support staff during a meeting […]


Helping children cope with growing pains

By MARY HOOD HART We were driving to Mass one Sunday, when from the back seat, 7-year-old Anna complained, “Mom, my head and ear hurt.” My mind began racing: Is she coming down with a bad cold? An ear infection? Strep throat? Should I take her to the walk-in clinic as soon as we leave […]


Charismatic conference celebrates unity in the Holy Spirit

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS COLUMBIA — Clapping, singing and arms outstretched, charismatic prayer groups gathered for a weekend of prayer and inspiration during the 1998 South Carolina Charismatic Conference at St. John Neumann Elementary School Oct. 23-25. With a theme of “The Holy Spirit, our Hope for Unity,” the annual conference, combined liturgies, a healing […]


Mobile Classroom Part III – Guadalupe, at travel’s end

Editor’s Note: This is the final installment in which Father ‘Rick LaBrecque, the pastor of Conway and Loris, shares the experiences and lessons of his passage through the homeland of his Mexican parishioners. We concluded the previous installment as we accompanied “newlyweds” Eduardo and Hilaria Rivera and guests through the humble streets of Colonia Santiago, […]


Birthright of Charleston regains strength

By NANCY CZABALA “Clearly, as God’s possessions, children have a right to be born — a birthright. We should keep in mind that God has a great destiny in store for every child he creates.” — Louise Summerhill, founder of Birthright and author of The Story of Birthright: The Alternative to Abortion. CHARLESTON — Birthright […]


Artist’s wood work is crafted to support children in need

By HOLLY GATLING COLUMBIA — On each carved cross the hanging corpus evokes disturbing images of agony. Christ’s deadweight, tormented body sags forward, his fists clenched against the spikes through his palms. His arms stretch upward to their excruciating anatomical limits. His knees splay and his impaled feet droop in a gesture of utter helplessness. […]


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