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Leaders call for continual faith formation

By PAUL A. BARRA COLUMBIA — Christians of many faiths celebrated the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity with an ecumenical worship service at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 21. The service was sponsored by LARCUM (Lutherans, Anglicans, Roman Catholics and United Methodists), a South Carolina interfaith organization. The Right Rev. Dorsey F. […]

Fiesta Santo Niño honors the child Jesus

BY KATHY SCHMUGGE COLUMBIA — In an attempt to preserve their Filipino Catholic culture in America, Emily Lacson and Ernesto Hernando, parishioners at St. Joseph Church and St. John Neumann Church in Columbia, initiated the Fiesta de Santo Niño, a Catholic celebration honoring the child Jesus. What started as a handful of Filipino families 11 […]

Bishop speaks on sanctity of life at Simpsonville dedication

  By SHEILA OJENDYK SIMPSONVILLE — Bishop Robert J. Baker told St. Mary Magdalene parishioners that Sunday, Jan. 14, “was not ordinary time because of the gifts of the Knights of Columbus.” Council 10189 had presented the parish with a statue of Jesus and children of the world, and Bishop Baker was there to dedicate […]

Deacon Gregory Wilson

4th year student at St. Vincent Seminary   Birthplace/date: Greenwood, Oct. 14, 1972 Home parish, location: St. Joseph’s, Columbia Family: mom and dad in St. Matthew’s, two sisters, one brother Favorite aspect of seminary: having the time and privilege of studying Most difficult aspect of seminary: learning proper discipline in keeping a schedule 3 people […]

Annual pro-life rally features Norma McCorvey

  By KATHY SCHMUGGE COLUMBIA — An estimated 2,000 pro-lifers peacefully marched to the Statehouse on Jan. 13; some were praying the rosary, others singing songs of praise, while others simply enjoyed the beautiful day of sunshine God gave them. The diverse crowds were unified in their mission of love, a love for everyone especially […]

Diocese clarifies policy on pre-Vatican II Mass

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS CHARLESTON — The Diocese of Charleston has clarified its policy concerning permission to celebrate the Mass of the Roman Missal of 1962. The information was released in a memorandum to priests and parish life facilitators on Jan. 10 through the Office of Prayer and Worship. The existing policy was such that […]

Chesto calls parents to overcome ‘spiritual inferiority’

  By PAUL A. BARRA COLUMBIA — After listening to Kathleen Chesto try to convince her that the call to be a parent is a holy calling, Linda McGannon agreed with her that parents don’t realize how holy their regular lives really are. It struck her forcibly, she said, when she tried to coordinate attendance […]

Father Scott Buchanan — a priest in his glory

  And I am made glorious in the sight of the Lord, and my God is now my strength! Isaiah 49:5 By NANCY SCHWERIN CHARLESTON — By all accounts, Father Scott Buchanan loved being a priest. He wore his collar proudly, his mother said. He loved the history of the church, said his brother. A […]

A step in the wrong direction, finding the way home

  By NANCY SCHWERIN CHARLESTON — When Walter Anderson found himself walking the halls of Lieber Correctional Institution, it was prison ministry that helped him find his way out. Anderson grew up in a Catholic home, attending St. Martin de Porres School in Columbia as a boy. But as he grew and was faced with […]

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