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The Pilgrim of Peace visits her children

Pope John Paul II has declared this to be a year dedicated to Our Lady and her rosary. Here in Peru the priests, religious and laity of the six parishes in the north have been meeting to plan this special year. I’ve been impressed by the enthusiasm and interest shown by all the participants. A […]

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 […]

Sisters of Charity Providence Hospitals celebrate 65th anniversary

COLUMBIA — For 65 years the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine have been ministering to the people of South Carolina through their hospital, changing the landscape of health care for the state. Such a milestone is cause for celebration, so on June 3, a ceremony was held at Providence Hospital in Columbia with gratitude […]

Williams a man of expansive horizons

CONWAY— George Williams’ father wanted his son to be a Baptist preacher. Williams, on the other hand, aspired to a career in law. God must have had other plans, however, because Williams’ life has taken some turns that neither man could have anticipated. Williams was born to a devout Baptist family in Florence, the fourth […]

Tebalt moves a step closer to the priesthood

LEXINGTON — On Saturday, May 26, Tim Tebalt, a native of Florence, moved closer to his ultimate goal, the priesthood, by his being ordained to the transitional diaconate at Corpus Christi Church in Lexington, where he will carry out his first assignment as deacon. “Relish and enjoy this special time of diaconal service the church […]

Deacon Phil Grant went home again

PAWLEYS ISLAND — When the Deacon Philip M. Grant becomes a priest next June, he may be the oldest ever ordained for the Diocese of Charleston. In fact, he was too old to train for the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, where he lived and worked for 18 years before entering the seminary in […]

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