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SEPI hosts regional meetings to gather information for pastoral plan

By Deirdre C. Mays CHARLESTON — SEPI, the Southeast Pastoral Institute, started an investigative mission to get an update on what a national agenda for ministry to Hispanics should include during a meeting at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Sept. 14. Approximately 80 people from Georgia and North and South Carolina gathered to […]

Seminar teaches children and parents how to play it safe

By Terry Cregar SIMPSONVILLE — More than 300 middle school students and their parents received some expert advice on child safety during a two-hour seminar at St. Mary Magdalene Parish. Cindy Roth, the parish’s director of religious education, invited two deputies from the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office to address students and parents in separate sessions. […]

Principals explore the roots of Catholic education at statewide meeting

By Tim Bullard MYRTLE BEACH — “Enhancing Catholic School Identity: A Distinctly Different Approach to Excellence” was the theme of a workshop for school principals held Sept.18-20 at Springmaid Resort. Administrators attended the Catholic Identity Workshop for Principals sponsored by the Consortium for Catholic School Identity from the Diocese of Raleigh, the Diocese of Charleston […]

Medical mission group to leave in October seeks aid

By SHEILA OJENDYK MYRTLE BEACH — Dr. William Greene describes the call from God as “not a hammer over your head or a strong demand but more of a whisper.” Four years ago, he first heard the whisper that would lead him to some of the most meaningful experiences of his life: serving the poorest […]

For today and every day

Father H. Gregory West, pastor of St. Gregory the Great in Bluffton, presented this homily at Mass on Sept. 11. By the dawn’s early light, it seemed to be any other day. A calm September morning. The forecast of crisp blue skies. Coffee in a “go” cup. A kiss to sleeping children. Headlines announcing that […]

St. Joseph’s High in Greenville considers adding a private middle school

By Terry Cregar GREENVILLE — A decision could be made as early as November on whether a private Catholic middle school will open in the Upstate. The Board of Directors for St. Joseph’s High School, a private Catholic school in Greenville, is expected to vote at its November meeting whether to move forward with plans […]

New parish complex to feature alternative energy source

By Paul A. Barra COLUMBIA — Our Lady of the Hills parishioners broke ground for a new $1.3 million parish life center Sept. 8. John Quin, chair of the building committee, said that building permits will be granted in the next two or three weeks and that the 18,000-square-foot complex will be ready in about […]

Dia de la Raza Hispanic fest set for Oct. 12

  COLUMBIA — On Oct. 12, the Office of Hispanic Ministry will host “Dia de la Raza/Dia de la Hispanidad,” a diocesan celebration of Hispanic cultures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. John Neumann Church. “Dia de la Raza/Dia de la Hispanidad,” the Day of the Race/the Day of the Hispanic, is an […]

Polish gather for spiritual and cultural communion at Columbia Mass

By Kathy Schmugge The Catholic Miscellany COLUMBIA — An old Polish woman wiped a tear as she sang the recessional hymn, “Boze Cos Polske” (God, Who Held Poland) joining her voice with more than 200 of her countrymen and women who came to Our Lady of the Hills Church in Columbia to celebrate a Polish […]

St. Martin de Porres School rallies around teacher with missing daughters

BY PAUL A. BARRA COLUMBIA — It was the kind of adversity that could have devastated the morale of a small, poor, black city school. Instead, St. Martin de Porres School of this capital city turned the disappearance of a teacher’s children into a rolling comber of prayer and hope, drawing the neighborhood into communal […]

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