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1998

Birthright of Charleston regains strength

By NANCY CZABALA “Clearly, as God’s possessions, children have a right to be born — a birthright. We should keep in mind that God has a great destiny in store for every child he creates.” — Louise Summerhill, founder of Birthright and author of The Story of Birthright: The Alternative to Abortion. CHARLESTON — Birthright […]


Artist’s wood work is crafted to support children in need

By HOLLY GATLING COLUMBIA — On each carved cross the hanging corpus evokes disturbing images of agony. Christ’s deadweight, tormented body sags forward, his fists clenched against the spikes through his palms. His arms stretch upward to their excruciating anatomical limits. His knees splay and his impaled feet droop in a gesture of utter helplessness. […]


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 […]


Parish puts welcome mat out for new staff members

By SHEILA OJENDYK GREENVILLE — St. Mary Parish welcomed three new staff members on Aug. 16 with a buffet reception. Father James Dubrouillet is the new parochial vicar, Sister of St. Joseph Beverly Nonte is the new Hispanic minister, and Mickey Farmer is the new youth minister. All followed winding roads to get where they […]


Father Gabe Smith awarded Purple Heart

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS CHARLESTON — A local priest’s distinguished service in the military has finally received an award of merit, 31 years after the event. Father Gabe Smith, 57, pastor of St. Joseph Church in West Ashley, was awarded the Purple Heart recently, for a wound he received during the Vietnam War. The Order […]


St. John the Beloved celebrates 100 years

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS SUMMERVILLE — It has been a century of faith. St. John the Beloved Parish has been celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, marking the birth, growth and spiritual prosperity of its community. During the celebration Mass held Sept. 13, Bishop David B. Thompson referred to that Sunday’s gospel of the prodigal […]


Priest finds work with Hispanic migrants rewarding

By FATHER ANTONIO JUYA With much joy I want to bring my fraternal greeting in the name of Christ to all the communities in the Diocese of Charleston. It is a delight for me to be able to relate the positive experiences of my pastoral work, for the good of my migrant brothers existing in […]


Ground blessing ceremony held at Our Lady of Lourdes

By BARBARA VAUDREUIL GREENWOOD — A fine Labor Day afternoon brought out over 500 members of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish for blessing of the church’s new property. The ground blessing was followed by a Texas barbecue, complete with 150 pounds of beef brisket flown in from that state over the weekend. During the ground […]


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