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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 […]

What do we tell our children? What do we tell ourselves?

By REV. MSGR. JAMES A. CARTER, V.G. Editor’s Note: The following is a homily given by Msgr. James A. Carter, pastor of Christ Our King Church in Mount Pleasant and Vicar General of the Diocese of Charleston, at the Sept. 13 Masses at his parish. Despite all the advances in building materials and our better […]

Educators learn to recognize child abuse, neglect

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON — Orientation sessions for new diocesan school personnel were recently conducted at three locations across the state — Columbia, Greenville and Charleston. The gatherings included presentations on child abuse and neglect awareness, along with an introduction to the diocese and its schools structure. Dr. Gay Rowzie, Secretary of Education and Evangelization […]

A new beginning for Bishop England High School

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS Though the books had already been opened, the historic beginnings of the new Bishop England High School facility on Daniel Island were marked with an opening Mass, a blessing ceremony, parent and donor celebrations and the dedication of the football field. Parents and donors received tours of the school earlier in […]

Catholic Charities coordinator retires to pursue new dream

By PAUL A. BARRA COLUMBIA — A woman whose life has been a constant voyage of discovery and accomplishment has decided to add to that richness by pursuing further dreams. On Sept. 25, Marguerite A. Sookikian, known to thousands in the Diocese of Charleston as Peggy, will retire as regional coordinator for Catholic Charities in […]

Why are many Americans willing to settle for less?

By MARY HOOD HART As I write this, the country is in turmoil over the White House scandal, and I find it hard to concentrate on much else. While I believe it’s in everyone’s best interests for the president to resign, I don’t have anything new to contribute to that debate. But one thing I […]

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