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Father Patrick Quinlan — the apostle of Kingstree

  By JIM MCLAUGHLIN This is the third in a series of articles about the history and people of the church in and around Williamsburg County, a microcosm of the work done by religious and laity to bring the Good News to the people of rural South Carolina. Father Patrick Quinlan had come to Williamsburg […]

Black Catholic Congress participation sought

  By JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON — Future planning for diocesan participation in next year’s National Black Catholic Congress (NBCC) in Chicago was the focal point of an Office of Black Catholics Leadership Advisory Board meeting at Our Lady of Mercy Church Nov. 3. Five delegates from the Diocese of Charleston — Kathleen Merritt, Ernestine Harris, […]

Divine Service of the Holy Mysteries celebrated by bishop

  By SHEILA OJENDYK GREER — Bishop Robert J. Baker joined his friend, Msgr. Ronald Beshara, in a Maronite Pontifical Liturgy at Blessed Trinity Church Nov. 4. The two priests first met in Rome 30 years ago while each was pursuing advanced studies. Bishop Baker wore white Maronite vestments and carried the hand cross. A […]

Rally inspires teens to “Live what you believe”

  By NANCY SCHWERIN WHITE OAK — In its fifth year, the annual diocesan Junior High Youth Rally thrived in a new age of youth ministry — a multimedia world of sights, sounds and actions. The rally was held Nov. 3 at White Oak Conference Center outside of Columbia, and busloads of participants traveled up […]

Bishop England cross country team already a state power in short period

  By PAUL A. BARRA SPRING VALLEY — High school cross country competition involves running 5,000 meters (3.1 miles) across fields, up hills and through woods. Training is a solitary grind of running and more running without any games or scrimmages to enliven the drudgery and build comradeship. At Bishop England High School, however, student […]

Cast of characters share their lives at Simpsonville mission

By SHEILA OJENDYK SIMPSONVILLE — The introduction provided a clue about what was to follow. Colleen Moore, representing the youth ministry at St. Mary Magdalene, asked the young people in the crowd to sit with their families. “And, if you don’t have a family here, find one that looks nice.” She then added, “Expect the […]

The Lord hears the cry of the poor

  By SISTER PAT KEATING Sunday, Oct. 28, the above psalm was prayed throughout the world among Catholic communities as they celebrated Mass together. Our sisters in Bahawalpur, Pakistan, were preparing for the morning Mass, no doubt, having reflected earlier on this psalm. Suddenly, a barrage of gunfire rang out in St. Dominic Church next […]

Client advocate at each regional office funded by collection

“The poor do not need our compassion or our pity; they need our help.” — Mother Teresa Te sanctity of human life and the inherent dignity of the human person is the foundation of Catholic social teaching. By our baptism, we are called to the responsibility for building a just society and living lives of […]

Evangelizing with a Catholic Church on wheels

  By JIM MCLAUGHLIN This is the second in a series of articles on some of the men and women who have used their God-given talents in uncommon ways to bring the Good News of Christ and his church to rural areas of South Carolina. At age 44, Father Patrick Walsh came south in 1949, […]

Michael Kirk

College seminarian at Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio Birthplace/date: Dec. 14, 1983, in Greenville Home parish/location: St. Mary Magdalene in Simpsonville Family: mom and dad and one sister in Simpsonville Favorite aspect of seminary: community and prayer life Most difficult aspect of seminary: the papers Three people you would like to meet: St. John […]

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