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Students get a hands-on lesson in ecology

BEAUFORT — St. Peter’s students continue to see that the classroom extends beyond the school walls as the eighth-graders at St. Peter’s School had the opportunity to hit the water again this year with the help of The Kayak Farm. In cooperation with Eric and Will Gibbons and Michelle Anderson of The Kayak Farm, students […]

School library blessing highlights a decade of success

By KATHY SCHMUGGE COLUMBIA — More than 10 years ago two educators made a promise that one day the library would be the focal point of their once struggling Catholic school, today a Blue Ribbon winner. Because those two women were Margaret Adams, Ph.D., principal of St. John Neumann in Columbia, and the school’s librarian, […]

New Catholic high school recognized by diocese

By PAUL A. BARRA SUMTER — On the feast of St. Francis Xavier, a local school named after the famed 16th century Jesuit received a grand present. Bishop Robert J. Baker came to Sumter on Dec. 3 to officially welcome St. Francis Xavier High School into the Diocese of Charleston and to bless the walls […]

Landings evangelization program completes first season at Nativity

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH JAMES ISLAND — Since the beginning of this year, one Lowcountry parish has been working in a quiet way to welcome inactive Catholics back to the church. And, just last month, Nativity Parish celebrated the conclusion of its first Landings session by welcoming home to the faith two young women. Landings is […]

Mobile Meals brings Christmas cheer

By JOEY REISTROFFER SPARTANBURG — Mobile Meals is pretty close to ground zero when it comes to passing along holiday cheer to the needy across the county. Executive Director Jayne McQueen and her Mobile Meals volunteers deliver hot meals along with a smile all year long. During the Christmas season, however, it gets special. “This […]

Five St. Joseph students selected for S.C. Honors Choir

COLUMBIA — Five students from St. Joseph School have been selected to perform in the state’s prestigious S.C. Elementary Honors Choir Feb. 15-17. The group of St. Joseph School students earned the second-highest audition score and was among the largest groups selected from a single school. As a new member of the S.C. Music Educators […]

Diocesan churches fight vandalism, theft

CHARLESTON — Two diocesan parishes were victims of crime in this joyous season. St. Mary Church in Charleston will continue to keep its doors open during the day, although special precautions will be taken regarding the church’s silver altar crucifix, which was stolen and then returned to the parish last week. The 20-pound crucifix was […]

Arbor Day award goes to Sumter Catholic student

By KATHY SCHMUGGE COLUMBIA — This year St. Anne School in Sumter implemented a mandatory service project for each grade, and the fifth-grade students chose to plant trees as part of their service work. When fifth-grade teacher Lilly Plowden heard about the S.C. State Arbor Day poster contest, she had her class enter the competition […]

Advent 2000 — sustaining the Jubilee spirit

My dear brother Priests and Parish Life Facilitators: Warmest greetings and good wishes to you in this holy season of Advent! I thank you for your efforts to join with me in prayerfully and joyfully celebrating the Jubilee Year of grace that is quickly coming to a close. We are reminded of the great challenges […]

Christopher Smith

2nd year at the Pontificio Seminario Romano Maggiore, Rome, Italy Birthplace/date: Greenville, June 28, 1977 Home parish, location: Our Lady of the Rosary, Greenville Family: mom, Nancy; Dad, Ed; brothers Terry and Robin Favorite aspect of seminary: liturgical life, atmosphere of prayer Most difficult aspect of seminary: taking German and Greek in Italian 3 people […]

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