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2003

‘Our Lady’s army’ prays for peace

COLUMBIA – The annual sacred ceremony of the Legion of Mary, called the Acies, was celebrated in South Carolina at St. John Neumann Church March 22. Members of the Legion, called legionaries, renewed their consecration to their patroness, the Virgin Mary. The celebrant for the special Mass, Bishop Robert J. Baker, led them. “In the […]


Pysanky, an egg decorating tradition, lives on in the Upstate

LEXINGTON — With her kistka (a funnel on a stick) in her hand, Paula Kennett is passionately trying to revive the ancient tradition of egg decorating called pysanky for people in South Carolina. The artist in residence from St. John of the Cross Church in Batesburg made one of her many educational stops at Corpus […]



Sea Island Habitat for Humanity celebrates 25th anniversary

JOHNS ISLAND — The Lowcountry was visited March 15 by Millard Fuller, founder of Habitat for Humanity. Fuller was in town to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Sea Island Habitat for Humanity. The affiliate is among 2,000 worldwide. In 1977, one year after Fuller started Habitat, the people of John’s Island applied for affiliate status. […]


How can we find peace amidst all the noise?

It’s been more than three weeks since the bombing of Baghdad first began. It was the feast of St. Joseph and the Gospel for the day recounted the story of the angel coming to Joseph in his dream to assure him that all would be well. Joseph heard, understood, and responded with courage in receiving […]


Bishop welcomes hundreds to the Catholic Church

LEXINGTON — More than 500 people signed themselves with the cross with holy water or signed their names in the Book of the Elect in preparing to join the Catholic Church in South Carolina over four days in four deaneries March 7-10. Bishop Robert J. Baker welcomed 128 catechumens (not previously baptized) and candidates in […]


Third-graders share their concerns about war

MOUNT PLEASANT — Kathy Schlachter, a third-grade teacher at Christ our King/Stella Maris School changed her teaching plan March 17 because of the impending war with Iraq. She talked to the children in her morning class about how things were coming to a head in the Iraq situation. They asked questions and expressed their thoughts. […]


Bishop offers thanks to the priests, religious and laity

CHARLESTON — The Chrism Mass was held April 15. It is an annual event held in dioceses around the world on the Tuesday of Holy Week. Bishop Robert J. Baker blessed the sacramental oils, which include the Oil of the Sick, the Oil of Catechumens, and the Oil of Chrism. He also recognized jubilarians celebrating […]


Diocesan youth conference energizes Catholic teens

WHITE OAK — The 13th annual diocesan youth conference blasted off over the weekend of March 7-9 at the White Oak Conference Center. It was a raucous affair, blending music and spirituality, laughter and prayer, games and liturgy. “It’s a lot of fun,” said Sally Walbourne, a youth minister at St. James in Conway. “Larry […]


Teen spreads his Christian values in everyday life

COLUMBIA — It would probably take two people to live the active life of high school senior, Daniel Hudacko, parishioner of Our Lady of the Hills Church in Columbia. Not only is Hudacko a star football player for Irmo High School varsity team (chosen to play in the Shrine Ball as a state all-star player), […]


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