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Disciples of Christ called to be heralds and servants

  By JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON — A day of recollection, observed on the feast of St. John Vianney, Aug. 3, drew eight priests and five seminarians to the Drexel House for volunteers on Wentworth Street in the Holy City recently. Father Martin Laughlin, who has previously served as vicar for education for the diocese and […]

Policeman responds to the call to religious life

  By KATHY SCHMUGGE COLUMBIA — What turns in life could lead a successful Columbia police officer to become a Benedictine monk? In the case of Butch Paczkowski, he would give all the credit to prayer and God’s willingness to give second chances to those who ask. At one time, Butch was seemingly on top […]

St. Anthony holds grand jubilee for 50th anniversary

  By SHEILA OJENDYK GREENVILLE — St. Anthony of Padua School celebrated its 50-year jubilee in grand style at the Fluor Center Aug. 4 with the theme “Keeping Hope Alive Since 1951.” Special guests included Bishop Robert J. Baker; Msgr. Joseph R. Roth, vicar general; actor and St. Anthony alum Orlando Jones; Franciscan Sister Marian […]

Timothy Tebalt

2nd year theology at Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans Birthplace/date: Columbia, SC, Aug., 22, 1964 Home parish/location: St. Ann’s in Florence Family: parents deceased, three brothers Favorite aspect of seminary: spiritual formation Most difficult aspect of seminary: demands on your time 3 people you would like to meet: Teresa of Avila, Thomas Merton, Mark Twain […]

Cursillo movement seeks to influence spiritual environment

  By TIM BULLARD The Cursillo movement is active in South Carolina, yet many Catholics do not know much about it. There is a man in the Pee Dee who knows a lot about it and wants the state to learn more as well. When he’s not banging away at nails, knocking down bricks or […]

Papal teachings on human sexuality called revolutionary

By KATHY SCHMUGGE COLUMBIA — “Brace yourself, for if you take in what you are about to hear, you will never see things in the same way,” said dynamic speaker Christopher West, who articulated with enthusiasm and passion the “Good News about Sex and Marriage.” West, director of Marriage and Family Life for the Archdiocese […]

Ministers formed through the looking glass in CPE program

  by NANCY SCHWERIN Experience is one thing you can’t get for nothing. —Oscar Wilde The overwhelming load of experiences gained in a Clinical Pastoral Education program is overshadowed only by the extensive amount of inner reflection that is necessary to learn from the experiences. Unlike a typical classroom, where the textbook and the teacher […]

Grants help outreach to Hispanics Sisters of Charity Foundation grants assist Catholic Charities in serving Hispanic communities

Hispanic Ministry outreach programs in the Piedmont and Midlands Deaneries have recently received grants from the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina to help fund Catholic Charities assistance efforts. In the Piedmont Deanery, the grant was used to employ two Hispanic outreach workers, Rene Linares in Una and Spartanburg and Dolores Cedillo in Greer. […]

College students experience the rhythm of Mepkin Abbey

  by PATRICK HARWOOD College students living like monks? And doing so voluntarily? It may sound far-fetched but that’s exactly what a group of College of Charleston students did this summer as part of a unique new history course. Maymester, the college’s intense three-week summer semester, is sometimes used by professors to offer special interest […]

Slavery is still a reality in Africa

  By DOROTHY GRILLO The vestiges of slavery here in the United States still exist in symbols and lingering prejudice. In Africa, as well as other countries, however, slavery is an ongoing reality for millions of children. The symbols are there as well. On our one ‘day off,’ we visited the port city of Ouidah […]

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