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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 […]

Greenwood parish supports mission on Marshall Islands

By SHEILA OJENDYK GREENWOOD — How Our Lady of Lourdes adopted Queen of Peace Parish in the Marshall Islands is a story within a story that might have never happened if Michael Paulin didn’t dislike cold weather. Michael and his wife, Sarah, had previously adopted two children from Siberia and were anxious to add to […]

A time of holy commitment for all

Ceremonies marking the celebration of the Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion involving hundreds of people were held in four locations across South Carolina recently. Bishop David B. Thompson presided over the celebrations at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Simpsonville, St. Peter Church in Columbia, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist […]

College students gather for statewide Catholic retreat

By JULIE CAVANAUGH GARDEN CITY — “We are salt for your people! We are light for your world!” the crowd of students responded. With a theme of “Discipleship and the Sermon on the Mount,” over 100 college students gathered for a weekend of praise and worship at Chapel by the Sea in Garden City, on […]

The death penalty

By MSGR. THOMAS DUFFY With the surprise victory of Governor James Hodges, a Democrat, over Governor David Beasley, a Republican, one thing has not changed; both are in favor of the death penalty. This, of course, is not surprising. As I wrote months ago, one issue that would not be, and I might add that […]

Bon Secours sisters celebrate 75 years of good health

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS CHARLESTON — The Bon Secours religious community celebrates 175 years of service in health care, this year. Seven sisters came to Charleston Feb. 24 to join locally assigned Sister M. Gemma Neville at a special liturgy at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Sister Gemma is the director of Pastoral […]

PBS documentary faces unsettling truths about race relations

“Forgotten Fires,” a PBS special about church burnings in South Carolina, will be broadcast at 10 p.m. on Thursday, April 29, on all SCETV stations. The program investigates the burning of two black churches near Manning by a young convert to the Ku Klux Klan. Interviews with the victims, the perpetrators, their families, and people […]

Dickson gets to know his brother the hard way

By PAUL A. BARRA MOUNT PLEASANT — Mark C. Dickson wanted to know his older brother better, but didn’t realize what he’d have to go through to accomplish that goal. He had to save his brother’s life. Mark was 7 when John went off to the war in Vietnam as a teen-ager. Thirty years later, […]

On the receiving end of a night of prayer

By MSGR. DONALD GORSKI My last article describes 1998 as one of the most stress-filled years of my life. I wrote then of the difficulty of coping with the effects of El Niño. Before the year ended, a routine medical check-up produced more stress as I discovered the presence of cancer in my prostate. I […]

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