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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 […]

ACE teachers share the faith with local students

By NANCY CZABALA CHARLESTON — Four University of Notre Dame graduate students, previously unknown to each other, have come together to form a community, supporting and encouraging one another while sharing their faith. The four are teachers in the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program founded by Holy Cross Father Timothy Schully. ACE was designed […]

A father’s love creates independence

By MARY HOOD HART Growing up, I was blessed to live near my grandparents. My mother’s mother, a widow, lived in the house behind ours. My father’s parents lived on our street, in the next block. Not only was I blessed to have my grandparents near, I was also blessed to spend a lot of […]

Spiritual development

Knott sees connection between faith and environmental responsibility By PAUL A. BARRA CHARLESTON — John L. Knott Jr. is a walking enigma, and he thinks the Church of Charleston should adopt at least some of his uncommon brand of spirituality. The part of his inner life that lends itself to emulation by the Church is […]

Columbia school building tradition and faith

By NANCY CZABALA COLUMBIA — At St. John Neumann the excitement begins as you walk in and see the halls lined with brightly painted pictures of school activities. Dr. Margaret Adams, principal, and Kay Steck, assistant principal and librarian, further portray the atmosphere with their exhilaration and knowledge. The school opened in 1987 with 68 […]

Tour of Pee Dee missions a source of inspiration

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS CONWAY — It was a side of the church that is not easily or often seen but it was a fortifying experience for the busload of parishioners and volunteers who toured outreach programs in the Pee Dee June 9. The tour was conceived by Diane Bullard, regional coordinator for Catholic Charities, […]

In search of solutions for troubled children

By MARY HOOD HART It has taken the most recent school rampage in Oregon to awaken the public to the horror of what is happening to our youth. Several times recently I’ve heard people say: “This one really got to me.” Perhaps it was a healthy optimism that led most of us to believe that […]

Our Lady of Peace celebrates 50 years

By NANCY CZABALA NORTH AUGUSTA — Our Lady of Peace Parish celebrated its 50th anniversary with a Mass and dinner on Friday, June 12. About 250 people turned out to remember past parishioners, priests and the history of the school and church. Bishop David B. Thompson celebrated Mass along with concelebrants Father C. Alexander McDonald, […]

Vatican II workshop highlights revision of the faith

By PAUL A. BARRA COLUMBIA — “The Second Vatican Council is a wonderful topic, but it’s amazing what we don’t know about it. Most Catholics’ perception of the council is limited to what they have experienced at Mass.” With that premise as an opening statement, Richard Cheri began a day-long symposium on Vatican II May […]

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