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St. Anne Parish celebrates the feast of the Vietnamese martyrs

By Mary Marshall ROCK HILL — More than 500 Vietnamese Catholics gathered at St. Anne Church in Rock Hill on Sunday, Nov. 10, for the annual feast of the Vietnamese martyrs celebration. Franciscan Father Dac T. Tran, parochial vicar at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Greenville, celebrated the Mass. Concelebrating were homilist Father Bui […]

Vincentians reminded to live the Gospel at annual meeting

BY PAUL A. BARRA WEST COLUMBIA — Vincentian leaders from across the state met at a Holiday Inn on Nov. 16 to discuss past efforts and learn new ways to serve the poor. They also heard a stirring reminder of their raison d’etre from one of their spiritual advisors. “It’s important to call ourselves back […]

Vocations campaign wins national award

“Imagine Being a Priest,” the Diocese of Charleston vocations campaign, won a 2002 Proclaim Awards from the U.S. bishops’ Catholic Communication Campaign. The awards, honoring excellence in diocesan communications, were presented in mid-October in Los Angeles during the assembly of the Catholic Academy for Communication Arts Professionals, formerly known as Unda-USA. This is the 21st […]

Search for teacher’s daughters ends with car accident

BY PAUL A. BARRA COLUMBIA — Two months ago, the young adult daughters of Christine Sanders, a teacher at St. Martin de Porres School, failed to return from work one night. On Oct. 26, the family found out that what they had feared in the private recesses of their minds was true: Two fishermen discovered […]

Citizens for Life discuss pro-life services at annual conference

By Tim Bullard MYRTLE BEACH — Dr. Melvin R. Hecker, of Unicare Emergency Specialists at South Strand Ambulatory Care Center in Myrtle Beach, is on the staff of Conway Hospital and Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, and he finds himself in a moral dilemma over abortion referrals. Hecker spoke Nov. 2 at the Annual Meeting […]

Weigel tackles tough questions from parishioners at St. Mary’s

by Sheila Ojendyk GREENVILLE — George Weigel, noted Catholic theologian and author, calls Pope John Paul II “the greatest Christian witness of our times.” Father Jay Scott Newman, pastor at St. Mary, invited Weigel to Greenville as part of the parish’s 150th anniversary celebration. A capacity crowd filled the parish gymnasium for the Nov. 2 […]

Black Catholic pastoral plan discussed

By Kathy Schmugge COLUMBIA — Invigorated by the Ninth National Black Catholic Congress (NBCC), the African-American Catholic leaders from the Diocese of Charleston who attended were anxious to share the national pastoral plan discussed this summer in Chicago. The opportunity presented itself at a meeting sponsored by the diocesan Office of Ethnic Ministry at St. […]

Sisters share their story about taking a stand, at any age

By Kathy Schmugge CHAPIN — Longtime peace activists, Sisters Gwen and Dorothy Hennessey, ages 70 and 89 respectively, have found that witnessing to peace has its price. In July 2001, the Franciscan sisters, who are also biological sisters, once again slept under the same roof for six months, but they were not at their home. […]

High school youth SEARCH for Christian maturity at retreat

By Kathy Schmugge CHAPIN — Twenty-eight high school students were sent on the search of a lifetime recently — to achieve a worthy goal of Christian maturity. The weekend SEARCH retreat, held the last week of October at Our Lady of the Lake Church in Chapin, gave them a running start toward that goal. SEARCH […]

St. Vincent de Paul Youth Conference formed

By Mary Marshall ROCK HILL – Fourteen St. Anne Parish teens, armed with the desire to help needy neighbors in the Rock Hill community, recently joined forces to form the Diocese of Charleston’s first St. Vincent de Paul Youth Conference. The 11th- and 12th-graders, who all attend Northwestern High School, responded to a letter of […]

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