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1998

Tradition of excellence thrives at St. Mary’s

By NANCY CZABALA AIKEN — In his first year as principal, Keith Darr is striving to maintain the long-standing tradition of excellence at St. Mary Help of Christians. He described the school as having a strong sense of peace and a firm dedication from students and teachers. Very active and well-known in the community of […]


Churches hold vigils held for death row inmate

By TIM BULLARD CONWAY — A prayer vigil for life and healing was offered March 6 at St. James Church at the time convicted killer John Arnold became the first death row inmate executed this year in South Carolina, following a record number of executions in 1997. Similar vigils were held in four other locations […]


Home Works teens overcome the rain

By PAUL A. BARRA COLUMBIA — Even the wrath of El Nino could not deter the hordes of hungry teens who descended on the weathered home of Mary L. Clark on March 7. They hungered to help the elderly woman, a former teacher at St. Martin de Porres School, whose home had deteriorated from decades […]


Women study Scriptural stories at retreat

By NANCY CZABALA COLUMBIA — Women from all corners of the state gathered in Columbia March 14 for a Spring Retreat Day, cosponsored by WRISC (Women Religious in South Carolina) and the Office of Liaison for Religious. The presenter was Helen Bruch Pearson, the acting director for the program for women in theology and ministry […]


Group vox aeterna offers timeless sacred music

By PAUL A. BARRA Listening to the sounds of vox aeterna, you can feel your neck muscles unknot and hear the sighing of the Spirit as it stirs your soul. That’s exactly the response hoped for by the singers who make up the ensemble. “We hope to provide a spiritual and artistic experience,” said Scott […]


Excitement building as Institute approaches start of courses

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON — The due date for registration forms for the first year of the Institute for Parish Leadership Development is quickly approaching. According to Father Joseph Wahl, CO, director of the Institute, registration forms should be completed by April 5 to permit time to line up exact locations of classes and assignments […]


‘Morning Edition’ host spreads acerbic wit

By TIM BULLARD CONWAY — Religion, professional ethics, moral responsibilities and global consciousness were all topics recently discussed by National Public Radio host Bob Edwards at a Coastal Carolina University presentation in mid-February. Don’t worry about the threat of war from the looming military conflict in Iraq, NPR’s serene “Morning Edition” host, Edwards, a Catholic […]


Rites of Election show church family is growing

Ceremonies marking the celebration of the Rite of Election and the Continuing Call to Conversion were held in three locations across South Carolina recently. More than 100 people searching for a spiritual home in the Upstate found the welcome mat out and the door open at St. Mary’s Church in Greenville Feb. 28, and the […]


Sponsors crucial to faith journey

By JOEY REISTROFFER SPARTANBURG — “It’s time to get acquainted with a new day.” That is how Lenka Spencer described a recent spring-life morning with the sun bursting forth to burn off two weeks of rain and to drive away the dreary gray of winter. That also is how she is moving forward in her […]


Greenwood brothers give time to the Peace Corp

As the two youngest siblings in a family of six, the DiDiego brothers weren’t often without a loved one nearby. John and Bill DiDiego, however, sought to spread their good fortune to others around the world. “They have always been aware of the needs of others,” said their mother, Ann DiDiego. So, the two brothers […]


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    Dec 1 Black Catholics Heritage Celebration
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Dec 15 Simbang Gabi for Filipino Catholics
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    Dec 25 Diocesan Television Christmas Special Fox 21
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    Jan 412:00 am Class 2019 Ordination Retreat
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Jan 812:00 am Retiro Espiritual de Emmaus
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    Jan 1210:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
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    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
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