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Lay-driven adult education a big hit

By PAUL A. BARRA CHARLESTON — It may be the most successful parish adult education program in the Diocese of Charleston, yet it runs with no money and with no help from the parish staff. Adult education at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in this see city was born of necessity and nurtured […]

Parenting guidelines on ‘sound judgement’

By MARY HOOD HART When it comes to common sense, many parents nowadays are seriously deficient. Compared to the “Father Knows Best” generation (which we love to deride) we’re not the terrific parents we like to think we are. In rearing our children and helping them make good, moral choices, we could take a few […]

Outreach and ministry in the wake of El Nino

By REV. MSGR. DONALD GORSKI LOS ZORRITOS, Peru — Every two years the priests of the St. James Society do five weekends of appeal work in our home countries. I did mine in June, mostly in the Boston area. I returned to Peru early in July (during our winter season) to discover that the heat […]

Fundraising campaign helps to expand Mepkin’s mission

By NANCY CZABALA MONCKS CORNER — Expanding a Lowcountry landmark, the Major Gifts Campaign Board of Mepkin Abbey, is pushing forward with the second phase of the $5 million Mepkin Fund Appeal begun in 1997. Mepkin Abbey, a Trappist monastery, is raising funds for a capital building program that includes a theological library, an assisted-living […]

Father Buchanan rediscovers state’s Catholic history

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS Father Scott Buchanan’s studies in Rome have given him quite an historical perspective at home. After completing a dissertation on the history of Catholicism in the Carolinas and Georgia from 1670 to 1820, he has an added appreciation for the pioneering priests who ministered to the South. “I drive 150 miles […]

Diocesan human resources director puts service first

By NANCY CZABALA Service. That’s the one word that Sandy Hill, human resources director for the Diocese of Charleston, uses to describe her one-woman department. When Hill came to the diocese, human resources was used primarily for hiring lay personnel in the diocesan offices. Her task was to incorporate benefits, retirement packages and employment for […]

Dedication of new Bishop England campus set for Sept. 11

DANIEL ISLAND — On Sept. 11 Bishop David B. Thompson of Charleston will dedicate Bishop England High School’s new campus on Daniel Island. Bishop England held its first full day of classes at its new home on Aug. 14, and school officials have planned several activities to kick-off a new era for the historic Catholic […]

Vandals damage outreach center

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS KINGSTREE — It’s been a rough summer at St. Ann’s Outreach Center. Five juveniles on a vandalism spree broke into the center June 27 and caused an estimated $3,000 worth of damage, according to Felician Sister Johnna Ciezobka. Both Felicians, Sister Johnna and Sister Susanne Dziedzic were out of town visiting […]

Precious Blood breaks ground for new church

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS PAWLEY’S ISLAND — Hulking bulldozers and mounds of earth were of no consequence to the family of ducks nesting in the center of the drive of Precious Blood of Christ Church. Nor were the ducklings disturbed by the many cars driving around them to park for Mass and the following ground […]

SC families help fight battle for Irish peace

By JOEY REISTROFFER SPARTANBURG — Twenty Irish youths flew into Spartanburg for the summer to forget about the violent, factional fighting back home. Protestants and Catholics just can’t get along in Northern Ireland. The hatred is deep and has been passed along to the children for generations. But now some have had enough of the […]

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