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Diocese takes action to alleviate effects of priest shortage

By MSGR. JAMES CARTER In the Nov. 5 edition, this newspaper reported the critical situation in the Diocese of Charleston regarding the projected number of priests who will be available to serve in ministry in the next five years. On March 9, the deans, diocesan staff and other representatives met to review plans developed to […]

Mother of Africa Chapel draws Gaskins to her

By PAUL A. BARRA WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last year, Shimica D. Gaskins was the only Catholic in her senior class at Lake City High School. Today she rides an academic scholarship at the Catholic University of America. She is not the only Catholic in her class. In fact, the faith she strengthened among the Baptists […]

Cunningham teaches the monastic school of spirituality

By PAUL A. BARRA MONCKS CORNER — The monks at Mepkin Abbey celebrated their 50th year by continuing their Lenten Study Day series with the first presentation of 1999 on March 8. The featured speaker was Lawrence S. Cunningham, writer and theologian. Dr. Cunningham, who teaches theology at Notre Dame University, outlined some schools of […]

Father Kelly Field dedicated at Bishop England

DANIEL ISLAND  The 1999 season opener for the Bishop England High School baseball team was a memorable one last Friday night. The Father Robert J. Kelly Field was dedicated under the lights before a game against Andrews. The event featured Msgr. Kelly’s sister, Betty Keane, throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. Other special guests […]

Three women enter Poor Clares novitiate

By SISTER BERNADETTE CAPPOLA GREENVILLE  In a time when religious vocations are low in most communities, the Poor Clares Monastery in Greenville is blossoming. In a two month span, three women are moving forward in their formation journey as they enter the novitiate stage. On Feb. 2 Elizabeth Oughton from Murfreesboro, Tenn., became a […]

Lent draws prayerful to perpetual adoration chapel

By JOEY REISTROFFER SPARTANBURG — The perpetual adoration chapel at St. Paul the Apostle Church highlights the power of Christ in the Eucharist. “I feel so close to God there,” said Phyllis Bates, one adorer who visits the chapel at least once a week. “It gives me a chance to think things out. You feel […]

Corpus Christi ecumenical youth talk demystifies Catholicism

By KATHY SCHMUGGE LEXINGTON — Father Jerome Schwab, pastor of Corpus Christi Church, spoke on the sacraments to a large group of youth from not only his parish but also from Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church in Lexington on March 7. His ecumenical talk provided a review for his Catholic youth, but was also an eye […]

Students gain faith and a friend from campus minister

By RANDLE CHRISTIAN COLUMBIA  It’s Fat Tuesday, and the University of South Carolina’s Newman Club has gathered for its weekly meeting at the St. Thomas More Center. In the spacious living room about 40 students fill several comfortably worn sofas, a tapestry-covered pew, and all available chairs and floor space. As is customary, the […]

From Southern Baptist minister to Catholic deacon

LEXINGTON — Dale Palmer has traveled a circuitous route in his faith life, however, that has only served to strengthen his belief in God. Palmer was born in 1954 in Columbia. When he was 3 years old, his mother, Patricia, married Joe Palmer of Saluda. His parents divorced 13 years later, when he was 16 […]

Speakers, worshops, honorees to be featured at SCCCW convention

COLUMBIA — The annual South Carolina Council of Catholic Women will hold their 69th annual convention at the Embassy Suites in Columbia March 19-21. In addition to numerous workshops and speakers, the evening banquets at the event will feature a dedication to all past presidents, and the Catholic Women of the Year, as well as […]

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