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Catholic schools get new advocate

by Deirdre C. Mays CHARLESTON – Joan Silo is going to be very popular in school. She is the new mission advancement coordinator who will be helping Catholic schools find funds. Silo’s position is new for the Office of Stewardship and Mission Advancement. She will provide a direct resource to Catholic schools around the state, […]

New Catholic Community Life Center blessed at Christ Our King

By Deirdre C. Mays MOUNT PLEASANT — Christ Our King Church dedicated its new Catholic Community Life Center Nov. 20. Bishops Robert J. Baker and David B. Thompson joined Msgr. James A. Carter, pastor, along with Father Greg Wilson, parochial vicar; Our Lady of Mercy Sister Stella Maris Craven, school principal; and Father Paul A. […]

Thanksgiving feast expands outreach

BY PAUL A. BARRA COLUMBIA — The annual Thanksgiving Feast co-sponsored by St. Peter Church and First Baptist Church has become so successful over the years that organizers have decided to branch out. This year, the 1,200 or so fed at the Carolina Coliseum included college students who didn’t make it home for the holiday […]

St. John Neumann Parish turns 25

by Kathy Schmugge COLUMBIA — St. John Neumann Church in Columbia celebrated its 25th anniversary as a parish and the 25th anniversary of the canonization of the church’s patron, St. John Neumann, Nov. 23. For this joyous occasion, the parish put together a grand celebration expressing their thanksgiving for a dynamic and culturally diverse church […]

Father McDonald named head of ecumenical office

by Nancy Schwerin CHARLESTON — The Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs office has a new leader, Father C. Alexander “Sandy” McDonald. For him the position has been a long time coming. Since high school he’s sought out ways to better communicate with our sisters and brothers of other faiths. When he had to agree to disagree […]

St. Mary Parish celebrates rededication

By Sheila Ojendyk GREENVILLE — St Mary’s parishioners returned to their beloved, newly renovated church for the first time on Nov. 4. Bishop Robert J. Baker celebrated a pontifical Mass of rededication and thanksgiving for the parish’s 150th anniversary. Concelebrants were Father Jay Scott Newman, pastor; Father Francisco Cruz, parochial vicar; and Father Steven Brovey, […]

Setting a Golden example in religious life

By Deirdre C. Mays CHARLESTON – In a world of consumerism and self-oriented ideals, people like Sister Maryjane Golden stand out. A Sister of St. Mary of Namur, she is one of the diminishing numbers of religious who have dedicated their lives to God in a ministry to the people. Sister Golden has been a […]

Cardinal Newman School retreat helps students put faith into action

By Kathy Schmugge COLUMBIA — Nov. 19 was not a normal school day at Cardinal Newman School. Classrooms were empty or rearranged and the youth were not in uniforms but working clothes. Their job was to experience and express the lessons they have learned in class about Christ-like love by participating in the special activities […]

Upstate doctor helps clarify stem cell vs. embryo debate

By Terry Cregar MAULDIN — Close to 100 middle and high school students, their parents and other adults participated in a discussion on embryonic stem cell research and cloning led by Upstate physician Dr. Mark O’Rourke. O’Rourke, a medical oncologist and partner at the CancerCenters of the Carolinas in Greenville, is a parishioner at St. […]

The teen-age years Catholic psychologist gives pointers to parents for the teen-age years

By Kathy Schmugge Adult education at St. Peter Church in Columbia included the teen-age years thanks to the efforts of Emily Hero, director of Adult Ministry. She invited George Holmes, Ph.D., a parishioner, child psychologist and author of the book, “Helping Teenagers into Adulthood,” to present a two-part lecture called “Effective Parenting for the Difficult […]

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