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Remembering ‘The Militant Clergy’ 30 years later

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS CHARLESTON — Over 30 years ago, race relations in Charleston were just starting to turn the corner of change. In the midst was a certain Father Thomas Duffy. In 1969 the priest, who was to become one of the Diocese of Charleston’s most vocal and visible human rights activists, took a […]

St. Angela Parish Life Center dedicated in Aiken

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH AIKEN — The blessing and sprinkling of holy water by Bishop David B. Thompson last Sunday at the St. Angela Parish Life Center for St. Mary Help of Christians Church was the culminating event in a years-long process for the Midlands faithful. In his homily during the introductory rite, Bishop Thompson told […]

A blessed occasion: three receive holy orders

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON – Fathers C. Thomas Miles, Michael J. Oenbrink and Robert J. Sayer have ended one journey and now begun a more challenging path. The three men were ordained last Saturday at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in a standing room only celebration before relatives, friends and teachers. Bishop David […]

St. Andrew’s Parish looks to faith, family and the future

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in a field. It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants. (Mt 13, 31-33) BLUFFTON – Faith, family and future could be the motto of St. Andrew’s […]

Oenbrink leaves financial-planning world to answer God’s call

By NANCY SCHWERIN Michael J. Oenbrink was born in Annapolis, Md., one of seven children. He graduated from The Citadel, started his own financial planning company, and at 35 entered the seminary — it was time to make a move. “I thought ‘if I don’t check out now I probably never would,’” he said. Oenbrink […]

Sherlock forging new ground and doing it well

NORTH AUGUSTA — Peter Christopher Sherlock mixes seriousness and wisdom beyond his years with a touch of humor. The 16-year-old Strom Thurmond High School student, who will be a senior this fall and is a member of St. Edward Church in Murphy Village, excels in anything that challenges him, both academically and athletically. He is […]

Memories of the Peruvian missions or five out of seven

By MSGR. J. DONALD GORSKI As best I can remember, it’s a first in my 40 years as a priest. I just returned from giving a young man five of the seven sacraments: the sacraments of confirmation, reconciliation, matrimony, and the anointing of the sick along with first Communion. I wrote an article on this […]

Dreams become reality at St. Joseph groundbreaking

By KATHY SCHMUGGE COLUMBIA — Dreams became reality when the shovels hit the dirt during the site preparation groundbreaking ceremony for Phase 1 of the St. Joseph’s church and school expansion on June 5. The initial phase will add an education building and a parish hall/gymnasium to be shared by both parish and school. The […]

Advice for fathers from an expert – a daughter

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS It’s a great thing to be able to reach an understanding in life where you can brag about your parents. For children everywhere, I’d like to offer some advice to fathers courtesy of my own childhood. As a southerner, we have to get one thing straight, it’s OK to call him […]

Food drive for migrant workers continues outreach by Franciscan Center

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH ST. HELENA ISLAND — Each year, thousands of migrant workers come to the Beaufort area to harvest the tomato crop and work in the related canneries and processing plants. These workers, mostly Hispanics and some Haitians, usually arrive with few provisions. To help fill the needs of these migrants, the Franciscan Center […]

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