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Retired agent shares his experiences in the FBI

By TIM BULLARD MYRTLE BEACH — For Art Roehrl, a parishioner at St. Andrew’s Church and retired Federal Bureau of Investigation agent living in Horry County, a three-decade career with the agency has provided some interesting moments, from working a part of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy to scouring nearly a million documents […]

Sisters bring unique ministry to Anderson

By KATHRYN SMITH ANDERSON — The pretty Victorian house with its white gingerbread trim and lace curtains isn’t the sort of place you would usually associate with the word “convent,” but it serves as one for two Irish-born nuns who are ministering to the congregation of St. Mary’s Church in Anderson. Sister Elise Gorman and […]

Call to prayer heeded at Lenten Day of Recollection

By JOEY REISTROFFER GAFFNEY — The big bell over Sacred Heart Church tolled a Lenten Day of Prayer in the Upstate recently, and it was something a little bit different from the norm. Father Gary Linsky led a group of 60 believers from Gaffney, Cowpens, Spartanburg and Greenville in a day of recollection that included […]

Renew your spirit in God’s creation

By MARY HOOD HART For the past several mornings, after he is dressed and ready to run out the door when the car pool arrives, Jimmy stands at our window and watches birds. Last weekend we hung a flower basket over our deck, and Jimmy has observed birds building a nest under the blossoms in […]

The challenge to eliminate child abuse

By DIANE BULLARD As one enters the State House in Columbia, a brightly colored brochure stands out on a table with the headline: “Forty-eighth and Falling.” Open the brochure, and one is faced with the horrifying reality of South Carolina’s national ranking in regard to child-wellness — 48th in the nation — followed only by […]

Chrism Mass to be celebrated April 7

CHARLESTON — The Sacred Chrism Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 7, at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. All priests, pastoral administrators and deacons of the diocese have been invited to attend and participate in the Mass. Bishop David B. Thompson will be the principal celebrant. During the Chrism […]

Institute prepares to embark on ‘adventure’

Q&A with Institute Director Father Joseph Wahl The following is an interview between The New Catholic Miscellany and Father Joseph Wahl, CO, director of the diocesan Institute for Parish Leadership Development. NCM — The first classes for Course One of the Institute program are set for the week of May 3-9. What are your thoughts? […]

Butterflies a memorial to children who died in Holocaust

By TIM BULLARD MYRTLE BEACH – Last Thursday, 1.2 million paper butterflies covered a field on Oak Street at the Chabad Jewish Center, blocks from where an apartment months earlier had been desecrated with anti-Semetic graffiti. The butterflies were unleashed on April 23 to mark Holocaust Memorial Day and to commemorate the 1.2 million-plus children […]

SCCW focuses on community and family life

By TIM BULLARD MYRTLE BEACH — As legislators prepared to vote on gambling, the S.C. Council of Catholic Women was in Horry County, home of the majority of video poker machines in the state, hammering out a positive resolution on community and family life. Noting that “gambling can be addictive and injurious to the individual […]

AIDS Ministry provokes passionate discussion

By TIM BULLARD GARDEN CITY — Controversial issues can span mundane budgetary battles to who’s bringing the fried chicken for the picnic, but on Saturday, April 4, St. Michael’s Church convened a timely AIDS ministry provoking important, passionate discussion. Before a healing Mass and lunch, heart-breaking testimonials by three HIV-positive residents were heard, and sitting […]

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