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‘Father Nick’ Bayard dies at 84

CHARLESTON — Father Nicholas R. Bayard, a retired priest of the Diocese of Charleston, died March 18. He was 84. The Mass of Christian Burial was March 23 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery. Father Bayard was born Sept. 20, 1920, in Charlotte, N.C., a son of […]

S.C. priest reflects on his ministry in Iraq

Editor’s Note: Father Gary Linsky, a priest of the Diocese of Charleston and a U.S. Air Force chaplain, is currently stationed in Iraq. He wrote this letter in January to share his experience. Dear Friends/Family: My sister had written asking for some reflections on the war to share with members of her Bible Study.  While this […]

Disabled Vietnam veteran speaks out on euthanasia, life issues

GOOSE CREEK—The Respect Life Committee of Immaculate Conception Church hosted a talk by retired Marine Sgt. John Wayne Cockfield Feb. 23 on “The Growing Threat of Euthanasia.” Cockfield spoke on the topic that has been his passion for nearly a decade. Cockfield is a director on the board of the National Right to Life Committee […]

‘Patrick’s a saint — and I’m called to become a saint’

“Patrick was a saint – I ain’t.” So read the bumper sticker which a student brought me after his return from Ireland. Sure, it was funny. It still kind of is; however, the slogan raises a few questions: What is a saint? Who’s called to be a saint? Most people in the world view saints […]

Leaders hope for resurgence of Catholic scouting

SPARTANBURG — Boy Scouts learn to live in the wild, be self-reliant and tie square knots. They help old ladies cross the street and they practice to be good citizens. What does all this have to do with the Catholic Church? “Scouts pledge that ‘…on my honor, I will do my best to do my […]

From the Archives: St. Katharine Drexel’s impact felt by diocese

It is fitting that the March 3 feast day of St. Katharine Drexel closely follows Black History Month. Readers would be hard pressed to find another saint who directly contributed as much charity to African- Americans of this nation. Her contributions were also important to the Diocese of Charleston. Born into a prominent and wealthy […]

Seminar sheds light on the truth of life, love and marriage

BY KATHY SCHMUGGE GREENVILLE — The story of human sexuality begins in the first book of the Bible: “God created man in his image; in the divine im-age he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them, saying: ‘Be fertile and multiply’ ” (Gen 1:27-28). According to renowned bio-ethicist Franciscan Sister Renee […]

Birthright celebrates 25 years with laughter and tears

GREENVILLE — Birthright of Greenville celebrated its 25th anniversary with a gala banquet at the Embassy Suites on Jan. 14. The evening turned out to be a mix of emotions for the friends and supporters of the organization that offers help to women contemplating abortions. The crowd that filled the main ballroom had just started […]

Our times need Divine Mercy

by Father Stanley Smolenski Devotion to the Divine Mercy according to the writings of St. Faustina Kowalska has become international. Her diary has been translated into every major language, thanks to the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, who staff the National Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass. It was a member of that […]

The Miscellany celebrates Catholic Press Month

by Nancy Schwerin CHARLESTON — In honor of February’s designation as Catholic Press Month, the staff members of The Catholic Miscellany decided to turn the spotlight on themselves. Publishing The Miscellany could seem like tedious work, going through the same process each week like clockwork. On the contrary, it’s anything but monotonous. The depths of […]

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