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2004

Anonymous donor’s kindness makes Charleston Catholic renovations possible

CHARLESTON—Thanks to a donation of $1 million from a generous benefactor, Charleston Catholic School was able to make some much-needed changes for the start of the 2004-2005 school year. The benefactor, who wishes to remain anonymous, is a friend of Bishop David Thompson, former bishop of the Diocese of Charles-ton. He made the decision to […]


Celebration brings Hispanics closer together

COLUMBIA — The pews at St. John Neumann Church were overflowing with Hispanic families and friends from across the state. People came in record numbers to attend the 2004 Hispanic Celebration that began with an outdoor procession before Mass and ended with food and festivities. The event was sponsored by the Diocese of Charleston. “Welcome […]


Sister Juliana Whitefield celebrates 50 years

GREENVILLE — Sister Juliana Whitefield, a Sister of St. Francis, went back to her roots earlier this month to celebrate what she calls “50 years of Franciscan joy.” Her golden jubilee date is Oct. 2. The sister was a junior high teacher and principal for 38 years at Catholic schools in and around Buffalo, N.Y., […]


Madrid says Catholics need the most evangelizing

GREENVILLE — A famed apologist for the Catholic faith came to St. Mary Church on Aug. 28 and made a bit of a stir with his unapologetic advice. Patrick Madrid told the crowds at two seminars on the theme of “Defending Your Faith” that no one needs evangelizing more than fallen-away Catholics. “We do not […]


Endowment for Catholic students created at The Citadel

CHARLESTON — When her husband of 35 years passed away in January, Karen DeMarco found a way to keep his fighting spirit alive. She created an endowed scholarship for Catholic students at his alma mater, The Citadel. “He wanted to be sure I did something for the Medical University and The Citadel,” she said. “He […]


In retirement, Bula dedicates time to parish community

PAWLEYS ISLAND — Simon “Si” Bula describes himself as a cradle Catholic. His story begins with a strong family that was grounded in faith and prayer. He was born in Perth Amboy, N.J., in 1939, the only son of Simon and Elizabeth Bula. His father worked in management, and his mother was a homemaker. His […]


Back from combat, Army sergeant wants to help Iraqi Christians

COLUMBIA — With the Oct. 16 bombings of five churches in Baghdad, Iraq, in the news, Sgt. First Class John W. Proctor’s desire to inform people about Christian persecution in that country has become more intense. This year Proctor returned from a hazardous tour of duty in Iraq with a new mission to urge American […]


Bishop, priest, seminarian all agree — the future is bright

SIMPSONVILLE – On the eve of his return to Rome for three more years of priestly formation, seminarian Michael Cassabon expressed optimism about the future of the priesthood. Both a prominent priest in the Upstate and the bishop of South Carolina agreed with him. “Young people are searching for meaning in their lives and for […]


Florence Kaster dedicates life to rural evangelization

KINGSTREE — The Gospel calls upon all of the Lord’s disciples to spread the good news. The duty of evangelizing is not limited to priests and religious. Most of us lead lives that only allow playing a supporting role, but for one long-term lay resident of Kingstree, more has been asked and more has certainly […]


May Leong travels the path to sanctity

May Leong had a perfectly normal upbringing during a very unsettled time for Chinese-Americans. Her father, a schoolteacher in China, came to America and became a businessman in the 1920s. He overcame the effects of the Exclusion Act and was successful at importing and exporting supplies for Chinese restaurants. He even constructed his own office […]


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