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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 […]

Volunteer program growing in numbers and quarters

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON — On April 1 the Diocese of Charleston Volunteer Program will take a major step forward in its development; no fooling. That’s because the first day of next month is the official move-in date for volunteers to take possession of St. Katharine’s Convent on Wentworth Street. The building, which has been […]

Cardinal Newman School begins Lent with a giving hand

By KATHY SCHMUGGE COLUMBIA — Activities planned on Ash Wednesday at Cardinal Newman High School did more than mark the foreheads of its students; they marked their hearts and the heart of the community by sending 276 young ambassadors of the faith to help the helpless in the capital city. With a faculty chaperone, middle […]

Health care professionals meet to assess services to Hispanics

By TIM BULLARD MYRTLE BEACH — The third annual Hispanic health issues conference, held last week at the Crown Reef Resort, was a place where educators, medical professionals and speakers networked, sharing information and updates on the cutting edge of outreach. The Pee Dee Task Force on Migrant Advocacy sponsored the event. The group was […]

The arms race

By MSGR. THOMAS DUFFY In 1965, at the Second Vatican Council, Catholic bishops from throughout the world voted on and adopted what they called the “Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World.” It began with this bold statement: “The joy and hope, the grief and anguish of the people of our time, especially […]

The soul of Catholic Charities is not for sale

  By DOROTHY GRILLO Periodically, Catholic service organizations, including Catholic Charities USA and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, come under attack by those who either don’t understand or oppose Catholic Social Teaching. Recently Brian Anderson, senior editor of City Journal, the magazine of the Manhattan Institute (an ultraconservative, social policy think tank), wrote an […]

Maryknoll priest fights for the rights of all God’s people

  By NANCY SCHWERIN CHARLESTON — His heart aches for the tens of thousands who have died or disappeared. His passionate, nonviolent actions got him four years in prison, but that only served to strengthen his search for the truth. Maryknoll Father Roy Bourgeois recently spoke in Charleston as part of a series, “Human Rights: […]

Listening session yields concerns of African-Americans

  By JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON — About 70 invited participants from across the diocese met with Bishop Robert J. Baker to identify the gifts of our brothers and sisters of African heritage on Feb. 17 at the Father Figaro Hall of St. Patrick Church. Representatives from a myriad of parish, school and various church organizations […]

Preparation for Lenten season takes place on the peninsula

  By JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON — Difficult topics discussed with humor and honesty describes the peninsular cluster pre-Lenten mission held Feb. 12-14. The gathering marked the cluster’s second major spiritual event together as a similar experience was offered last March. Parishioners from the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, St. Mary’s, St. Patrick’s, Our Lady […]

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