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A father’s love creates independence

By MARY HOOD HART Growing up, I was blessed to live near my grandparents. My mother’s mother, a widow, lived in the house behind ours. My father’s parents lived on our street, in the next block. Not only was I blessed to have my grandparents near, I was also blessed to spend a lot of […]

Spiritual development

Knott sees connection between faith and environmental responsibility By PAUL A. BARRA CHARLESTON — John L. Knott Jr. is a walking enigma, and he thinks the Church of Charleston should adopt at least some of his uncommon brand of spirituality. The part of his inner life that lends itself to emulation by the Church is […]

Columbia school building tradition and faith

By NANCY CZABALA COLUMBIA — At St. John Neumann the excitement begins as you walk in and see the halls lined with brightly painted pictures of school activities. Dr. Margaret Adams, principal, and Kay Steck, assistant principal and librarian, further portray the atmosphere with their exhilaration and knowledge. The school opened in 1987 with 68 […]

Tour of Pee Dee missions a source of inspiration

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS CONWAY — It was a side of the church that is not easily or often seen but it was a fortifying experience for the busload of parishioners and volunteers who toured outreach programs in the Pee Dee June 9. The tour was conceived by Diane Bullard, regional coordinator for Catholic Charities, […]

In search of solutions for troubled children

By MARY HOOD HART It has taken the most recent school rampage in Oregon to awaken the public to the horror of what is happening to our youth. Several times recently I’ve heard people say: “This one really got to me.” Perhaps it was a healthy optimism that led most of us to believe that […]

Our Lady of Peace celebrates 50 years

By NANCY CZABALA NORTH AUGUSTA — Our Lady of Peace Parish celebrated its 50th anniversary with a Mass and dinner on Friday, June 12. About 250 people turned out to remember past parishioners, priests and the history of the school and church. Bishop David B. Thompson celebrated Mass along with concelebrants Father C. Alexander McDonald, […]

Vatican II workshop highlights revision of the faith

By PAUL A. BARRA COLUMBIA — “The Second Vatican Council is a wonderful topic, but it’s amazing what we don’t know about it. Most Catholics’ perception of the council is limited to what they have experienced at Mass.” With that premise as an opening statement, Richard Cheri began a day-long symposium on Vatican II May […]

Handbook will help provide equitable administration

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON — A handbook for priests articulating diocesan policies to ensure their rights and privileges has recently been published. It is an attempt to place in concise, concrete form the policies that have been formulated in the course of years in the Diocese of Charleston for its priest personnel. In the process […]

New ecumenical handbook traces history, provides direction

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON — A new Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Handbook recently completed by the Diocesan Ecumenical Commission, chaired by Msgr. Leigh A. Lehocky of Columbia, will be a powerful resource to prepare clergy across the state for ecumenical and interfaith work. According to Bishop David B. Thompson in his comments at the beginning […]

Bishop Thompson accepts resignation

CHARLESTON — Bishop David B. Thompson announced on May 8 that Msgr. Sam R. Miglarese has resigned as pastor of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and from priestly ministry. Bishop Thompson has accepted both resignations effective immediately. While expressing deep sadness and regret at the resignations, Bishop Thompson thanked Msgr. Miglarese for his […]

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