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Priest says, ‘Being family is what Christianity is all about’

COLUMBIA — When the Office of Ethnic Ministries invited Father George Franklin to put on a workshop for black parishes, they thought they were getting a witty, audacious presenter who is unafraid of straight talk. And that’s exactly what they did get. As he spoke at St. Martin de Porres School on Jan. 25, Father […]

Community builds without fund raising

GREENWOOD — When the parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes decided it was time to begin building their new church, they went about it in a style all their own. They own a 21-acre piece of land about two miles from the site of the present church; it was blessed (and paid for) in 1998. […]

Vocation came from a guided missal

GREENVILLE — Franciscan Sister Catherine Noecker got an early start on her vocation. As a first-grader in CCD in Buffalo, N.Y., she won a prize for knowing a few extra answers in class because her parents had instructed her well at home, she says modestly. That prize was a missal. “I fell in love with […]

What moral principles underline U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East?

In June of 1982 I co-led a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with a religious sister, accompanied by my parents and sister and an entourage of pilgrims. We visited sites in Jordan and Israel, crossing the Allenby bridge from one country to the other, by coincidence as Israel was preparing to bomb Lebanon. On our […]

Rally speaker reveals hospital’s abhorrent abortion practice

COLUMBIA — More than 1,000 people followed a contingent of the Knights of Columbus in the annual Stand Up for Life march and rally on a brilliant, cold Saturday morning, Jan. 11. Then they stood in the sunshine at the foot of the Statehouse steps to hear a compelling message from a nurse who blew […]

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