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Speakers say modern NFP is about spirituality and a way of life

BY KATHY SCHMUGGE COLUMBIA — With a combination of genuine warmth, knowledge, and faith, Father Matthew Habiger, a moral theologian, was well-equipped to take on Goliath. The giant in this case was the task of informing South Carolina Catholic couples and youth that there is an authentic way to love, and though it may not […]

Sierra Leone archbishop brings message of friendship, common heritage

CHARLESTON — Archbishop Joseph Ganda of Sierra Leone recently visited South Carolina, a state known for its hospitality. One of the reasons he came was to return the hospitality of the Polite family of North Charleston. Antawn and Thomiland Polite had visited the archbishop’s country as a part of “Homecoming,” a movement which seeks to […]

Blessed Sacrament School renovations a tribute to a stewardship parish

BY BROOKSI HUDSON CHARLESTON — Renovation of the middle school wing at Blessed Sacrament School is scheduled to wrap up in time for the new school year. The $370,000 project included the addition of lighting and security cameras throughout the building and the installation of a new energy-saving air conditioning system. “Overall the building will […]

Father Titus Fulcher, Stephen Gajdosik join Chancery staff

CHARLESTON — The Diocese of Charleston has two new staff members serving in positions at the Chancery. Father Titus Fulcher has been hired as Bishop Robert J. Baker’s assistant for special administrative affairs and as director of the Office of Child Protection Services. He replaced Jeffrey Silleck as of June 1. Stephen Gajdosik has been […]

Father John T. O’Holohan goes gold

LANCASTER — They didn’t come from Africa for Jesuit Father John T. O’Holohan’s 50th anniversary of ordination, but friends and supporters came from all the parishes he has served in America. And they especially came from St. Catherine here and St. Joseph in Chester, and from the parish mission in Great Falls, St. Michael. “Father […]

Record number attends Junior High Christian Leadership Institute

LEESVILLE — Like a baseball team that trains minor league players for the big leagues, the Youth Ministry Office at the Diocese of Charleston has seen positive results in training junior high youth to become Christian leaders for school, parish youth programs and the community. “If you have a good junior high program, it will […]

Sister Johnson dies at 81

GREENVILLE — Sister Mary Francis Johnson, a Sister of St. Clare, died June 28 at the age of 81. The funeral Mass was celebrated July 1 at the Monastery of St. Clare chapel. Burial was in the monastery cemetery. Sister Johnson was born Oct. 31, 1923, in Lafayette, Ind., the daughter of the late Otis […]

Thieves break into St. Philip the Apostle Church in Lake City

LAKE CITY — It may have been a simple robbery, or it may have been a hate crime, but when burglars broke into St. Philip the Apostle Church on July 5 they took consecrated hosts in the locked tabernacle they stole. “It may be more than just robbery,” said Father Michael C. Okere, pastor. “They […]

Black Catholics celebrate faith, culture

GREENVILLE — The singing of a combined Heritage Gospel Choir set the tone for the exuberant and spiritual Black Catholics Heritage Celebration July 8-9. About 150 people attended the annual diocesan celebration, held at various Upstate venues. “As eucharistic peoples, we have the opportunity to walk with Jesus each day. As black Catholics, we keep […]

Concert, organ dedication honor the late Father Henry Burke

CONWAY — The Church of St. James dedicated its new organ to the late Father Henry J. Burke on June 26 with a concert that the priest would have appreciated. Father Burke, the first pastor of St. James, was a musician who often pulled out his clarinet or flute during Mass to play a song. […]

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