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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 […]

Hispanic Ministry Convocation to be held Sept. 9-10

COLUMBIA — A Hispanic Ministry Convocation to help assist those who minister in the Church to address the ever increasing number of people of Hispanic origin working and living in the Diocese of Charleston will be held in Columbia next month. The meeting, to be held at the Ramada Plaza Hotel Sept. 9 and 10, […]

Sister Carol Ann says farewell to Charleston Catholic

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS CHARLESTON — As always, Sister Carol Ann Kleindinst has a lot to do. She has to memorize 600 names by Fall, leave a work seven years in the making and prepare to tackle a much larger project back in her home territory with her community of the Sisters of St. Mary […]

Foundations reflect on past, assess present and future

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON — A strategic planning conference to reflect on grant making, the needs of the poor and organizing for effective board meetings was held in the Holy City the last week of June. Members of Sisters of Charity Foundations of South Carolina, Cleveland and Canton, under the sponsorship of the Sisters of […]

Clergy in Updstate to study Catholic education needs

Catholic priests in the Piedmont area will begin a study to determine the Catholic education needs in the Upstate, including the feasibility of establishing a Catholic high school. In a recent letter to the priests, Bishop David B. Thompson wrote, “Many of you have stated to me that there appears to be a need and […]

Three priests celebrate 25th anniversaries

By NANCY CZABALA Three priests of the Diocese of Charleston are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their ordinations this year: Father John P. Coffey of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Camden; Father Chester M. Moczydlowski recently appointed pastor at The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston; and Father Michael J. Polewczak of […]

Robert Spencer to be ordained to the priesthood

By NANCY CZABALA CHARLESTON — A hard-working, dedicated man, Deacon Robert A. Spencer, will bring his love of the faith to parishioners in the Diocese of Charleston when he is ordained a priest by Bishop David B. Thompson on July 11 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Raised in Sylacauga, Ala., Spencer grew […]

Does the death penalty break the cycle of violence?

By SISTER PAT KEATING There’s a wideness in God’s mercyLike the wideness of the sea;There’s a kindness in God’s justice.Which is more than liberty. As we sang this departing hymn at the Saturday evening Mass at the Cathedral, I thought about John Plath. He was executed by the state of South Carolina the evening before […]

Group vox aeterna to go permanent, by popular demand

By PAUL A. BARRA CHARLESTON — Buoyed by a succession of successful concerts and driven by requests for professional recordings of its music, vox aeterna will cut a professional compact disc on Aug. 21 and 22. The choral group has reserved the chapel at Mepkin Abbey for the recording session. In addition to responding to […]

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