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Irish celebrate St. Patrick’s Charleston-style

  CHARLESTON  While it may be true that Savannah reigns supreme in its enthusiasm for celebrating St. Paddy’s Day, this past Saturday the Holy City featured a heavy Emerald Isle influence as it marked the feast of the Irish saint. The day, March 17, began with the traditional celebration of a Mass at St. […]

Five S.C. parishes named to national list of excellence

  Five S.C. churches were among 300 listed in Excellent Catholic Parishes: The Guide to Best Places and Practices. Researchers in a Parish/Congregation Study, based at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, took two years to complete the study. They began by enlisting the help of a group of pastoral experts. This group recommended […]

Youth basketball tournament provides hoops of fun

AIKEN  The Knights of Columbus hosted the annual youth basketball tournament March 10-11. More than 600 athletes from 51 teams competed in the statewide event. Along with the players, coaches and families brought the total number of participants to over 1,000. Teams competed in four divisions: senior (under age 15) and junior (under age […]

Irish Jesuit willing to go anywhere a priest is needed

  By SHEILA OJENDYK SIMPSONVILLE  What could be a better day than St. Patrick’s to interview Father John O’Holohan? Father O’Holohan, a Jesuit from Dublin with a lilt in his voice and a twinkle in his eye, has been serving St. Mary Magdalene as parochial vicar since September of last year. “I go anywhere […]

Women in the church

This month, before offering my personal reflections on the theme for our year of reconciliation — “The Dignity of Women,” I will invite a couple of women to have the first word. The first is my sister, Mary Ann Jepsen. Some of you may remember her when I introduced her at my ordination Sept. 29, […]

The sacredness of ordinary holiness

Donna Simons is the director of the M.O.M.S. Ministry in the Diocese of St. Augustine. She is the wife of Lance Simons and mother of Michael, Eric, Tyler, and Deanna. Bishop Baker worked closely with her when he was pastor of Christ the King Parish in Jacksonville, the parish of the Simons family. By DONNA […]

William Austin

2nd year theology at Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans Birthplace/date: Orangeburg, March 21, 1974 Home parish/location: St. Ann, Holly Hill Family: Mom and sister, 22 Favorite aspect of seminary: It’s a good place to reflect on God’s call. Most difficult aspect: living in close quarters with 160 guys 3 people you would like to meet: […]

Brother David Boone reflects on 50 years of hard work

By PAUL A. BARRA ROCK HILL — With his big, farmer’s hands and his flat belly, Brother J. David Boone looks like a fit workingman in his 50s. In fact, the Oratorian religious is 68 and will celebrate 50 years as a brother this December. But he does qualify as a workingman. “Brother David loves […]

‘Mission Possible’ youth conference features all-star lineup

  By JORDAN MCMORROUGH WHITE OAK — Organizers promised diocesan youth that this year’s high school conference March 9-11 would be one event that they would not soon forget, and they delivered on that pledge. The fun started with the opening video on Friday night with its “Mission Impossible” introduction and theme song blaring in […]

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