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St. Joseph’s High School girls compete in Softball World Series

By Terry Cregar GREENVILLE — A team of softball all-stars from South Carolina finished third in a national World Series, and a trio of Catholic girls played key roles in the team’s success. Lauren Hawkins and sisters Kelly and Kristin Eppinger were picked this summer to represent the state in the Belles Division of the […]

Travel warnings don’t change the Chardos family mission

  BY PAUL A. BARRA COLUMBIA – Big plans for a summer building blitz in the wilds of Peru by Home Works of South Carolina were ruined when the U. S. State Department issued a travel warning for Americans because of impending violence in that Third-World country. So, the Chardos family went to help out […]

All answers are in the hands of God

By Msgr. J. Donald Gorski God’s providence is a wonder to behold and never ceases to amaze me. I often think we are like Mr. Magoo, the cartoon. We walk about half-blind but the Lord, seeing our need, keeps working things out for us in ways we neither know nor understand. I worked six years […]

Course seeks to help parents communicate with children

By Kathy Schmugge COLUMBIA — A newly released study from the University of Minnesota Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health found that girls were less likely to become sexually active when they knew their mothers would disapprove. The researchers concluded from the study “parents need to be clear about their values and then clearly […]

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 […]

Black Catholic Congress is a memorable experience

By Sheila Ojendyk GREENVILLE — Representatives from the Palmetto State took home some powerful memories from the National Black Catholic Congress in Chicago Aug. 29. People were awed from the start by the procession for the opening liturgy which included four cardinals and many bishops, together with diocesan officials. A special ceremony on Aug. 30, […]

Upstate Catholic Charities office expands

By Sheila Ojendyk GREENVILLE — There’s a “new wind blowing” in Catholic social justice according to Franciscan Sister Margie Hosch, director of Catholic Charities for the Piedmont Deanery. All over the United States, people in Catholic social services are collaborating with people from the Catholic health care system to serve the poor and vulnerable. Sister […]

Teacher in-service focuses on education as invitation

By Kathy Schmugge COLUMBIA — If the goal of the first in-service for the Charleston Diocese Catholic Schools’ staff was to motivate, John Novak, Ph.D., was the ideal choice. The professor and former chair of the Department of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in Education at Brock University in Canada exercised the mind and body with […]

Standing with our country on Sept. 11

By Bishop Robert J. Baker On Sept. 11, we will celebrate the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. We join in prayer on that day with people of all faiths throughout our state and our nation, […]

On Day of Prayer and Healing, Bishop prays for healing, forgiveness

CHARLESTON — Bishop Robert J. Baker celebrated a Mass for Prayer and Healing for victims of sexual abuse at Bishop England High School Aug. 29 in conjunction with the Day of Prayer called for by the U.S. bishops. During that Mass he also received seminarian Jeff Kirby into candidacy for the priesthood. Here is his […]

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