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1998

Bishop says farewell at deanery celebrations

The Bishop is a man of his people. Bishop David B. Thompson could have stayed in Charleston, said his farewell Mass at the Cathedral and then retired. Instead, he chose to visit different cities in the diocese and say his good-byes to his people at their home parishes. In the Pee Dee Deanery, Bishop Thompson […]


Condon, Mack see bigger picture

By NANCY CZABALA CHARLESTON — After a lifetime of serving the church, “since confirmation,” Harriett Condon was installed as province director for the Atlanta Province at the National Council of Catholic Women General Assembly Oct. 1-4 in Dearborn, Mich. The two-year position is rotated among the Archdiocese of Atlanta, the Diocese of Savannah and the […]


Life Chains link across the state

Life Chain Sunday was observed throughout the Diocese of Charleston on Oct. 4 as parishioners gathered all across the Coastal, Pee Dee, Piedmont and Midlands deaneries to show their respect for life. Following is a summary of what took place in just a few locations in South Carolina. Greenville It poured all morning the day […]


Ernesto Torres: Working in the image of Christ

By PAUL A. BARRA MOUNT PLEASANT — When a columnist referred to Ernesto M. Torres as “St. Ernie” in a local newspaper earlier this year, he was embarrassed. None of the thousands of people from across the state who know Torres were surprised to hear of the appellation, however. “The image of Christ fits Ernie,” […]


School blossoms in developing community

By NANCY CZABALA HILTON HEAD — In its fourth year, St. Francis by the Sea School still has a lot of growing to do, and they’re coming together full force to reach their maximum potential. The start of the school year introduced the third, fourth and fifth grades, who joined the already established pre-kindergarten through […]


Teachers get lesson on Catholic faith

By JOEY REISTROFFER TAYLORS — Kate Ristow delivered inspiration to the 140 or so catechists from the Piedmont Deanery who gathered for the 12th Annual Upstate Catechist Workshop at Prince of Peace. A teacher for 30 years, Ristow packs her lessons with jokes and anecdotes to keep her listeners riveted. Now she is the director […]


Honoring the Children’s Sabbath

By DIANE BULLARD On Oct. 16-18 thousands of churches nationwide celebrated the seventh annual National Observance of Children’s Sabbath. This observance was sponsored by the Children’s Defense Fund in cooperation with 200 religious organizations nationwide — including Catholic Charities USA, National Black Catholic Congress, NETWORK and the SC Christian Action Council. Special events were planned […]


Poverella team-in-training welcomes like-minded visitors

By SHEILA OJENDYK CLEMSON — Christians of two faiths and one mission met on Sept. 19 at St. Andrew Church, as a team of Catholic Poverella volunteers in training was visited by a group from Seneca Baptist Church who came to share their experience mentoring an impoverished family. Poverella, a Catholic multifocused, structured program to […]


Speakers look at Synodal issues at All Ministries Conference

These short synopses cover the breakout sessions given by local and national speakers during the 1998 All Ministries Conference held Oct. 12 in Columbia. By Paul A. Barra, Nancy Czabala, Deirdre C. Mays and Jordan McMorrough. EVANGELIZATION Evangelization … But We’re Catholic Father Patrick J. Brennan is pastor of Holy Family Parish in Inverness, Ill., […]


Father LaBrecque presides at marriage in Mexico

Editor’s Note: Father ‘Rick LaBrecque continues his account of a field trip among the people and places, the “roots” of many of the Mexican parishioners he serves in Conway and Loris. The local train from Oaxaca brought me to Puebla early Thursday evening. The next 24 hours would be the only time on the trip […]


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