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Aiken’s needy feel good at ACTS of Caring Clinic

DEIRDRE C. MAYS AIKEN — The gaps between HMO’s, private insurance, and federal health programs are wide and people with very low incomes often fall between the cracks. They don’t qualify for the standard routes of health care and can barely afford to scrape by, let alone pay for a visit to a clinic that […]

Bishop says pope’s presence unifying

By JULIE DOWNS CHARLESTON — Bishop David B. Thompson found the recent visit of Pope John Paul II to the United States a completely positive experience, from the inspired crowds and the well-organized logistics to the pope himself, whose impact and challenging message have not been tempered by time or age. The pope visited St. […]

Panduro to represent diocesan youth at national conference

SPARTANBURG — The people of St. Paul the Apostle are very proud of Ana Panduro. The soon-to-be 17-year-old is a junior at Spartanburg High School and a member of the St. Paul the Apostle youth group. Panduro also has a special affinity for the elderly. She volunteers at Spartanburg’s Mary Black Hospital and prefers to […]

Barbara Vaudreuil: Living life in response to God’s gifts

By SHEILA OJENDYK GREENWOOD  Barbara Vaudreuil, synod implementation coordinator at Our Lady of Lourdes, leads a valuable workshop, “Stewardship and the Gift of Time.” She has presented this workshop three times in 1998 in Greenwood at Our Lady of Lourdes. A participant at one of her recent workshops described it as being life changing. […]

Two St. James parishioners recognized for volunteerism

By TIM BULLARD MYRTLE BEACH — Two parishioners of St. James Church were honored as nominees for the annual “Sun News Volunteer of the Year Award.” Last year that honor was captured by St. Michael Church member Carol Abbott of S.O.S. Health Care, Inc. The awards were bestowed at The Martinique Resort in Myrtle Beach […]

Expert offers tips for parish evangelization

By PAUL A. BARRA COLUMBIA — When Father Patrick J. Brennan told an enthusiastic crowd of 100 parish leaders on Jan. 30 to “grow things organically,” he wasn’t talking about gardening. The Chicago pastor was talking about evangelizing in the parish, and he used marketing language to illustrate his point. “The great quest for us […]

1998 DDF campaign most successful ever

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON  The results are in for the 1998 Diocesan Development Fund (DDF) campaign, themed “Returning God’s Gifts,” and it heralds the completion of the most successful year in its history. Last year’s effort brought in over $1.7 million from 16,549 participating families, both of which are new highs for the diocese. […]

New Catholic school to open in Garden City

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS GARDEN CITY  St. Michael’s Parish will add a new element to its Christian formation and evangelization this fall with the opening of a new school. St. Michael’s Catholic School will officially open its doors to children in kindergarten through second grade. A third and fourth grade will be added, depending […]

Social Ministry Director focuses on building relationships

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS CHARLESTON  Social work has been a lifetime experience for Dorothy Grillo. Her chosen career has led her on a path of caring starting with adolescents and progressing to the elderly. That life process now culminates in a new role as diocesan Director of the Office of Social Ministry where Grillo […]

SCCAC plans for a changed future

By PAUL A. BARRA CHARLESTON  The South Carolina Christian Action Council held its 66th annual meeting on Jan. 21 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. It was a day of memories and of looking forward to a changed future. “In the beginning, Catholics weren’t invited into the council,” said the Rev. Dr. […]

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