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Strangers help Father Tran find refuge

GREENVILLE — Father Dac Tran, a Franciscan friar, vicar for Vietnamese Ministry in the Diocese of Charleston and administrator of Our Lady of the Rosary Church, is an ardent advocate for a welcoming church. He knows firsthand how strangers can help a person in need. On the day that Communist tanks rolled into his home […]

Workshop offers ‘survival kit’ for married couples

AIKEN — Marriage is a spiritual path, uniquely designed for each couple. Even though it is impossible to know all the challenges a couple may face, “Christian Married Life: A Sincere Gift of Self- Marriage Course,” is a program provided by the Diocese of Charleston that helps couples assemble a survival kit to live out […]

Charleston sister has prayer published nationwide

JAMES ISLAND — When Sister Mary Helen Grobusky, an Our Lady of Mercy sister, first wrote “A Nursing Home Prayer to Jesus Through Mary” in 1986 she never dreamed that it would be published and distributed to every parish in the country in 2004. “I first wrote the prayer when I was working at Divine […]

Sister Margie Hosch goes for the gold

GREENVILLE — When 18-year-old Margie Hosch entered a Franciscan convent in Dubuque, Iowa, in June 1954, her younger sister was surprised because she was so popular as a youth. But she was the second of eight Hosch children to become a nun and that was just what the family wanted. “Everybody was so proud of […]

The church is challenged to include Asians

GREENVILLE — The diocesan vicar for Vietnamese ministry attended the Asian and Pacific Institute for Mission and Ministry conference in Ft. Lauderdale on May 21-23. Franciscan Father Dac Tran expected to gain a new appreciation of the values other nationalities bring to the universal church; he was surprised to find out that as an ethnic […]

St. Peter acts as host school for child abuse prevention effort

COLUMBIA — The state of South Carolina joined with the nation in designating April as National Child Abuse Awareness Month. The theme of this year’s campaign was “In Loving Hands, Kids Blossom.” Gov. Mark Sanford called on all South Carolinians to “work together to prevent the abuse and neglect of our children.” This year, Prevent […]

Higgins ordained to the diaconate

CHARLESTON — Robert F. Higgins was ordained to the  transitional diaconate at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist May 22. Diaconate ordination is another step for Deacon Higgins as he makes his way to the priesthood. As a deacon, he promises celibacy, simplicity, obedience, and to pray daily the Liturgy of the Hours. This […]

Philip Grant, Timothy Tebalt ordained to the priesthood June 5

CHARLESTON — June 5 marked a day of beginning for Deacons Philip Grant and Timothy Tebalt as the two men were ordained to the priesthood at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Although the two men entered into the same ministry, their lives leading up to that special day were vastly different. Father Tebalt, […]

Sister Lupe brings the Word to the faithful

CHARLESTON — Sister Lupe Hernandez answered her call to the Daughters of St. Paul when she was a young girl of 14. Since then, she has never looked back. She will celebrate her 30th anniversary June 30. “I wanted to join a group that presented the Word of God, and the Daughters of St. Paul […]

Father Cellini spreads the faith in the Lowcountry

CHARLESTON — Father Ronald Cellini spent the past 25 years doing what he loves to do — sharing his faith. He was born in 1953 in Aliquippa, Pa., to Guy and Emma Cellini. He and his two sisters grew up in St. Titus parish, which was a large parish that he said fostered many vocations. […]

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