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Diverse ministries conference held at Mepkin Abbey

By Nancy Schwerin MONCKS CORNER — Considering the future of the church is a dubious undertaking. Left, right, and the wavering — everyone has their own view. A group of 50 men and women tackled the cause of diverse ministries in an ever-changing church at a conference at Mepkin Abbey, July 11-13. The meeting was […]

Teens set free in Charleston

  by Nancy Schwerin CHARLESTON — They came; they believed; they were “Set Free.” The first-ever Steubenville Charleston drew 1,000 youth from Florida to Delaware. For three days, July 21-23, high school teens filled the Charleston Area Convention Center. This summer thousands of teens across the country will take part in 11 other Steubenville conferences. […]

Faith and a fast pitch make Nick Mershon a major league hopeful

By Terry Cregar GREENVILLE — At 6-foot, 3-inches tall, Nick Mershon seems to be a natural for the basketball court. But, it’s the baseball diamond where the rising St. Joseph’s High School senior excels, and a growing list of top-notch universities and some Major League Baseball scouts are watching. Last month the Boston Red Sox […]

Distinguished professor shares a love of literacy with her community

  By Tim Bullard FLORENCE — Religious dedication is evident in the life of parishioner Dr. Mary Hilgers McNulty of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Florence She and her husband, Owen, have been parish members since they moved to Florence in 1975. She is a member of the School Board and Women’s Club, a member […]

Educational sessions give abuse overview

  By Deirdre C. Mays COLUMBIA — The topic of child sexual abuse is so fraught with emotion that it is difficult to address from any perspective. The Diocese of Charleston took a stab at providing its employees and volunteers with more information on the sensitive subject at its first inservice training on the issue […]

Hispanic ministry moving forward

  By Kathy Schmugge COLUMBIA — The Office of Hispanic Catholics held an open meeting June 22 at St. John Neumann Church in Columbia to discuss the past, present, and future of the ministry. The room was filled with parish representatives and interested Hispanics, who desire to move the ministry forward for this growing population […]

Lee Selzer ordained to the priesthood

by Deirdre C. Mays CHARLESTON — A new priest has entered the flock and will begin a lifetime of celebrating the sacraments. Lee Selzer was ordained to the priesthood of the Diocese of Charleston June 8 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Selzer promised his obedience to the church in front of family, […]

Storen named victim assistance minister

by Deirdre C. Mays CHARLESTON – Louisa Storen, a licensed independent social worker and marriage and family therapist from Mount Pleasant, has been selected as the Diocese of Charleston’s new victim assistance minister. As part of its policy concerning child sexual abuse by church personnel created in 1994, the diocese works to promote healing for […]

St. Francis Xavier graduates five and plans for the future

by Nancy Schwerin SUMTER — Four boys and one girl made up the graduating class at St. Francis Xavier High School. It was a graduation made possible by a very small group of Catholic parents. In 1997 Sumter Catholic High School closed. After several years of trying to turn the declining enrollment at Sumter Catholic […]

Franciscan era comes to an end at St. Francis Hospital

by Nancy Schwerin GREENVILLE — Sister Clarita Frericks is retiring. At 75, she says it’s time to join her community back in Ohio. But she takes with her a legacy of 69 years. When she leaves, there will be no more Franciscan sisters at St. Francis Hospital, which was founded by the order in 1932. […]

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