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Ghanan priest hopes studies will help spread the word

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS BEAUFORT — St. Peter Church is just like home for Father Anthony Naaeke. Never mind that he comes from Ghana, West Africa. The Lowcountry landscape is similar, the heat is just as high, although “the humidity is awful” and the people are friendly. Naaeke is a 34-year-old graduate student in corporate […]

Home Works teens help their communities in faith

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS CHAPIN — In record-breaking heat and humidity, a group of Home Works teens hammered, sawed and dug as sweat dripped in their eyes and soaked through their clothes. They were serious about their tasks because it was too hot to talk but they stooped good-naturedly to pet the dog running underfoot, […]

Spencer ordained to the priesthood

By NANCY CZABALA CHARLESTON — Friends and family gathered to celebrate the Presbyteral Ordination of Robert A. Spencer on July 11 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. During the ceremony the former U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer shed tears of emotion as he was ordained by Bishop David B. Thompson. Spencer completed his […]

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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