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Do young people today want to hear the truth?

By FATHER JEROME SCHWAB Three years ago this writer submitted an article called “What is Truth?” In that article I wrote that since God is one, he can possess only one truth, and that truth is known as absolute and objective. Could it be that, because of our fallen nature, the human tendency is to […]

Archbishop Tutu speaks out against racism in visit to S.C.

By TIM BULLARD CONWAY — Archbishop Desmond Tutu spoke against racism Feb. 18 at Coastal Carolina University as a local group reignited a passionate opposition to the Confederate flag flying above the Statehouse in Columbia. The speech, included in a Celebration of Inquiry Conference, was part of the William A. and L. Maud Kimbel Distinguished […]

Women’s conference holds message for humanity

By NANCY SCHWERIN More than 200 courageous, spirited, devoted women gathered to share in a soul-searching day, filled with the word of God and lessons in spirituality. “All Sisters in God’s Grace: Women, Wisdom and the Word of God” was co-sponsored by Women Religious in South Carolina and the Office of Liaison for Religious. The […]

Rite of Election ceremonies scheduled

Many hundreds of potential Catholics will make their way to churches around the state to make an important step in the Rite of Christian Initiation, Feb. 19-22. Catechumens for the Rite of Election and candidates for the Call to Continuing Conversion will take place in all four deaneries this year with the addition of a […]

Pope invites U.S. Bishops to extend blessing

In a recent letter sent to pastors and pastoral administrators, Bishop David B. Thompson wrote, “During my visit to St. Louis recently for the Holy Father’s visit there was a very special blessing which I should like to share with all the faithful of the Diocese of Charleston.” The Bishop continues, “His Holiness, Pope John […]

Ebony corpus a dream come true at Our Lady of Mercy

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS CHARLESTON  An image of Christ watches over those who come in and out of the doors of Our Lady of Mercy Church. Over the altar, on a wall bare for as long as the resident Franciscan sisters can remember, hangs a beautiful corpus carved from ebony. It is a dream […]

St. Paul’s Women’s Club reflects on six decades of history

BY JOEY REISTROFFER SPARTANBURG — Kathy Michels is hunting for history. So the president of St. Paul’s Women’s Club put on a tea party for past leaders of the Catholic circle in hopes of jogging a few memories. Michels said she contacted 22 former club presidents, and about a dozen showed up for the social […]

Parker retires after 11 years with education office

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS CHARLESTON — Jodie Parker never meets a stranger. Ask anyone who knows her and they will tell you “it’s a pleasure to deal with Jodie.” Her humor, warmth and willingness to help will be missed when she retires March 5 from her work as administrative assistant in the Office of Christian […]

Window one of several new additions at Corpus Christi

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH LEXINGTON — A stained-glass window depicting the holy family — Joseph and Mary holding the Christ child — was installed in December above the main entrance at Corpus Christi Church. It was dedicated during the midnight Mass on Christmas Eve by Father Jerome Schwab, pastor. The window was constructed by Willet Studios […]

What is an indulgence?

REV. SCOTT BUCHANAN With the coming of the new millennium and all of the preparations for it, Pope John Paul II recently announced a series of regulations for the gaining of special indulgences for the year 2000. Recently in the Diocese of Charleston, we experienced the gift of an indulgence. For all Masses of Christmas, […]

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