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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 […]

Parish honors principal at reception at new life center

MOUNT PLEASANT — The Catholic Community Life Center at Christ Our King Parish was opened Aug. 11 for its first official event, a reception honoring Our Lady of Mercy Sister Stella Maris Craven. The banquet hall at the center was filled with parishioners who came to congratulate the sister on 50 years of religious life. […]

Diversity, sensitivity program targets S.C. schools

By Sheila Ojendyk GREER — Diversity encompasses not only race and ethnicity but also gender, age, disability, and family background. Kathleen Merritt, director of the Office of Ethnic Ministries, says the goal of her office is to “make church more welcoming to all people regardless of background.” Merritt said that changing prejudicial attitudes must begin […]

Upstate Maronite community is officially named St. Rafka

by Shelia Ojendyk SPARTANBURG — Msgr. Ron Beshara brought good news for the South Carolina Maronite Community gathered at Jesus Our Risen Savior on Aug. 11. By decree of Maronite Bishop Stephen Doueihi, the community has been canonically established as St. Rafka Mission. The effective date was Aug. 15, which was the Assumption of the […]

Community seeks to rebuild after fire

By Nancy Schwerin CHARLESTON — Longtime parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy Church stood on the street amid broken, charred glass as they watched insurance agents survey the damage from the fire that ravaged their parish. Faulty wiring reportedly set the 90-year-old church ablaze Aug. 20. At about 12:30 a.m., a neighbor saw flames shooting […]

Diocese offers help for immigrants

By Tim Bullard CONWAY — Since the Diocese of Charleston opened the Office of Immigration Services earlier this year, its coordinator and attorney, Glenda Bunce, has been on the move. She’s bringing her services to people across the state. Her latest stop was at the Pee Dee Catholic Charities Office for an Immigration Day. The […]

Seminarians start a revolution in Sumter

BY PAUL A. BARRA SUMTER – They came, they saw, they inspired. That’s how parishioners at St. Jude feel about four young men who visited for six summer weeks and revolutionized the parish’s Hispanic ministry. The four are three seminarians from Mexico and one from the Diocese of Charleston. The revolution they wrought was capped […]

Aug. 29 marked for Day of Prayer for Healing

  CHARLESTON — In conjunction with the Day of Prayer called for by the U.S. bishops at their June meeting in Dallas, Bishop Robert J. Baker has designated Aug. 29, the Feast of the Martydom of St. John the Baptist (the patron saint of the Diocese of Charleston), as a Day of Prayer for Healing […]

New youth minister brings a fresh outlook to Clemson area co-eds

By Terry Cregar CLEMSON — Three months ago, Irene Paz was walking across the stage at Georgetown University, bachelor’s degree in hand. Now the 20-year-old has been called to help youth not much younger than she is grow in their service to God and community. Paz (pronounced “Page”) is the new youth minister at St. […]

‘Back to school’ may mean questions and concerns for Hispanics

By Kathy Schmugge As school starts, some parents may worry whether or not they bought the right backpack for their child while others will be asking if their child will be permitted to attend school if they are not a documented U.S. citizen. These issues were addressed at the Hispanic Ministry meeting held at St. […]

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