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Longtime Bishop England coach honored

CHARLESTON — Tommy Lavelle was recently honored by the Athletic Department of Bishop England High School during the halftime of their game against Hilton Head Prep. Longtime basketball coach at the school, Lavelle retired last year for health reasons. He coached basketball for 30 years, the last 21 spent at Bishop England. He was elected […]

Nativity Church dedicated with song and joy

By PAUL A. BARRA JAMES ISLAND — Nearly 40 years after the parish was established and 12 years after its church was built, the faith community of the Church of the Nativity celebrated the dedication of its worship space. The Jan. 24 dedication ceremony was performed by the bishop of Charleston. Bishop David B. Thompson […]

Conservative William F. Buckley reviews his faith

BOOK REVIEW: NEARER MY GOD: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF FAITH, by William F. Buckley Review by PETER J. MCCORD How to describe Bill Buckley? Author of 39 books. Publisher of The National Review. Novelist. TV host of his own show, “The Firing Line.” One time candidate for mayor of New York City. Catholic lay intellectual. Acerbic […]

Diocese distressed over new charges in Sullivan case

CHARLESTON — The Diocese of Charleston is “deeply distressed” to learn about additional charges against Charles Sullivan, “because that means more children may have been harmed,” said Mary Jeffcoat, director of Communications, in a statement released by the diocese Jan. 15. Since Sullivan’s arrest Dec. 12, the diocese has offered pastoral care to the victims […]

Community important at COK/SM School

MOUNT PLEASANT — Upon visiting Christ Our King/Stella Maris school, you can immediately see why people camp out to get their children registered to attend the Mount Pleasant school. The excitement among the faculty and volunteers is outwardly apparent. For Catholic Schools Week their focus was to bring the school community together — a plan […]

A mother’s New Year resolutions

By MARY HOOD HART Having been a mother for almost 15 years, I should by now have a pretty good idea what the job entails. Yet, I’ve come to understand that the only predictable part of motherhood is its unpredictability. While it’s comforting in the rough times to know “this too shall pass,” it’s distressing […]

March and rally marks 25th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade

By NANCY CZABALA COLUMBIA — Thousands marched in Columbia this past Saturday to peacefully protest abortion and to remember the 25th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton, the Supreme Court decisions that legalized abortion. Protesters, after marching from the capitol, gathered in Finlay Park for a rally that brought to light the […]

Sacrament unifies four denominations at service

By JOEY REISTROFFER GREENVILLE — Here’s a radical way to douse the fiery breath of racism. First, get five bishops from four denominations across the state to join hands in a special ecumenical service. Then have them reaffirm the baptism of a crowd of 178 faithful who packed into Trinity Lutheran Church. Next, tell these […]

McLeod and SSM Health Care close transaction

DILLON — McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence and St. Louis-based SSM Health Care (SSMHC) completed the sale of Saint Eugene Community Hospital in Dillon from SSMHC to McLeod Regional, on Jan. 1. Under the agreement, Saint Eugene will retain its Catholic identity within the non-profit McLeod system. “Our two systems have a similar mission […]

Christian communities team up for Souper Bowl

By RANDLE CHRISTIAN Super Bowl Sunday is just around the corner — a time for football, fellowship and feasting in homes across the country. It’s also a day for Christian to remember the poor and hungry through Souper Bowl, a nationwide fund-raiser that benefits needy members of local communities. On the weekend of the big […]

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