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Shelley represents ‘all that is right about teenagers’

Just when a parent thinks his or her child does not have a chance to avoid the negative influences of our culture, someone like Vickie Shelley comes along and restores hope in today’s youth. Shelley, a recent graduate of Cardinal Newman High School in Columbia, will be attending Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. Her star […]

Catechetical workshop gives participants helpful hints

COLUMBIA – “Everything You Need to Know About Being a Good Catechist But Were Afraid to Ask” could have been the subtitle of the recent Midland Deanery Catechetical Workshop, “Sowers of God’s Peace,” held at St. Joseph Parish Life Center Sept. 13. Experienced catechists and parish leaders presented topics on prayer, ecumenism, confession, saints, youth […]

Diocese updates sex abuse policy

CHARLESTON — Revisions to the Diocese of Charleston’s sex abuse policy have been completed and now the diocese awaits its turn in a national audit to document the progress made in implementation of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. Bishop Robert J. Baker accepted revisions […]

Speaker explores pope’s Theology of the Body

COLUMBIA — The song “Dive” was the appropriate motivator for Family Honor staff, presenters and interns as they prepared for an intensive daylong crash course on Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, Aug.2, at the Whitney Hotel. Unpacking the Theology of the Body for the layperson is what speaker Katrina Zeno does best, […]

St. Cyprian Church celebrates two milestones of service to the poor

GEORGETOWN – St. Cyprian Church celebrated a special weekend Sept. 19-21. The parish marked 52 years of existence and the anniversary of the Daughters of Charity who have given a decade of service there. Parish Council President Ralph Edwards and Sister Kathleen Driscoll, DC, also welcomed two special guests, Sister Magdalen Barnes and Sister Patricia […]

South Carolina Air Force chaplain reflects on deployment to Iraq

We hear all the time about the shortage of Roman Catholic priests, but this became a real issue for me personally during my five-month deployment to the Area of Responsibility (AOR) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. I was assigned to an Air Expeditionary Group at a classified bare-base location with over 3,200 personnel who […]

Native missionaries spread the light of Christ in Peru

ZORRITOS, PERU — After 44 years of priestly ministry, I’m finally retired — a 70-year-old retired priest of the Diocese of Charleston. Thanks to my bishop and the Society of St. James, I have permission to continue serving here in Zorritos. Someone told me, “If this is retirement, who needs work?” My work here is […]

St. Martin de Porres School impresses Lt. Gov. Bauer

COLUMBIA – As lieutenant governor for South Carolina, André Bauer is well aware of what is not working in the public school system, and he says he is committed to making it better. While encouraging innovative ways to improve the education system, he holds St. Martin de Porres School as a model for other schools. […]

Catholic Charities coordinators attend NY conference

NEW YORK — Liberia, social action and Sept. 11, 2001, were topics at the annual Roundtable Social Action Summer Institute held at St. John’s University in Queens, N.Y. The Roundtable Association of Diocesan Social Action Directors was organized in 1985 to serve those in diocesan offices linking justice and faith in light of Catholic social […]

Catholic communities prepare for Bantu refugees

As Somali Bantu refugees prepare to resettle in Richland County, Lutheran Family Services and Catholic Charities are among several groups helping the adults and children move to South Carolina during a storm of controversy. The U.S. Catholic Conference Migration and Refugee Services is also working in partnership with the other groups to help resettle the […]

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