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Workshop participants focus on racial diversity and sensitivity

GREENVILLE – More than 50 elementary teachers and principals from the four Greenville area schools participated in a workshop on sensitivity and diversity sponsored by the diocesan Office of Ethnic Ministries. The two-hour session, held Aug. 21 at St. Mary Church, was a follow-up to an initiative started a year ago by Bishop Robert J. […]

Black Catholics celebrate heritage with Umoja

CHARLESTON — People who attended the Black Catholic Heritage Festival June 21-22 were all one color, “earth color.” So said Archbishop Anthony J.V. Obinna of Nigeria who told the congregation at the event’s closing Mass that when people die they are all “taken back to mother earth” and as members of the body of Christ […]

Former USC president gives talk about the Church in crisis

FLORENCE – Former University of South Carolina president John M. Palms, Ph.D., spoke at St. Anthony Church recently, to discuss the sexual abuse scandal in the priesthood. Palms said that the church has dealt with the issues of nuclear weapons, abortion, cloning, human sexuality, information management, privacy and other matters, and it will deal with […]

Visiting nun discusses Liberia’s orphan needs

GREENVILLE – Sister Sponsa Beltran knows a lot about the brutal 14-year civil war that has split the small West African Coast country of Liberia, but she’d rather talk about Sackor, Sando, Yah, Musa and Edwin and the hundreds of other Liberian children and adults she has sheltered from that war. The Bernadine Franciscan nun […]

Sponsor couple travels to Nigeria to ordination of ‘their’ seminarian

HILTON HEAD ISLAND — Danielle and Howard Haines, members of St. Francis by the Sea Church, sponsored a Dominican seminary student in Ibadan, Nigeria. Danielle wrote the following account of their journey to his country to attend his ordination. Our trip to Africa was made to be present at the ordination and first Mass of […]

Secular Franciscans bloom where they are planted

COLUMBIA — Statues of St. Francis adorn gardens all over the world, and he is well known for his love of animals, but for the Franciscan family made up of laity, religious and priests, St. Francis is much more than a lawn ornament. He is their inspiration for authentic Christian living. The third order or […]

Adoration: Finding peace in Christ’s presence

LEXINGTON – The pope calls it “an inexhaustible source of holiness” and parish priests think of it as an asset to the devotional life of the faithful. Participants rave about the sense of peace that flows from it. And the Bishop of South Carolina is an avid proponent of it. Yet only a tiny percentage […]

Junior Christian Leadership Institute combines spirituality and joy

LEESVILLE – Daily rain was the rule at this year’s Junior Christian Leadership Institute at Camp Kinard, but the weather actually boosted the success of the annual event. “It rained every day, but not during our outside times, and the cooler mornings have been good for us,” said Jerry White, director of the sponsoring diocesan […]

At 85, Father Burke delivers a powerful message

GARDEN CITY — While slicing into his birthday cake recently, Father Henry J. Burke proved that, like the character Arnold Schwarzenegger portrays in “The Terminator,” he’ll be back. A spry 85, the retired priest showed he can deliver a powerful message for the young and old. To mark his birthday recently, he celebrated Mass at […]

Construction begins on retired priests’ residence

CHARLESTON — The construction contract for the St. Joseph Residence at Carter-May has been signed with Hightower Construction and work will begin immediately. The building and renovation project is moving along nicely and the decision has been made to proceed with the full project plan, according to Mike Gocsik, secretary of the Office of Stewardship […]

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