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Msgr. Turro makes diaconate retreat one of the best

By Kathy Schmugge WHITE OAK — The annual retreat for deacons Jan. 21-23 was described by many as one of the best. Not only were the deacons pleased with the retreat master, Msgr. James C. Turro, they also enjoyed the accommodations at the White Oak Conference Center that provided a peaceful atmosphere to reflect on […]

Conference focuses on the ministry of women religious

By Tim Bullard MYRTLE BEACH — More than 80 of South Carolina’s women religious met to exchange ideas at the statewide “Conference for Women Religious: Collaboration for Ministry”  Feb. 3-5. The event was sponsored by the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina and the St. Ann Foundation of Cleveland. “This is part of a […]

Festival of Peoples celebrates diversity, oneness with the Lord

By Tim Bullard CONWAY — The Festival of Peoples at St. James Church on Jan. 30 drew many people who joined hands and enjoyed the cultures of other lands. “It’s the second time we’ve had it at St. James,” said Father Rick LaBrecque. “I think it’s a wonderful way for us to become more aware […]

Oblate Sisters of Providence celebrate 175th anniversary

by Ruby Randall Did you know that during the 1820s a Haitian refugee, a free woman of color, established a religious society of colored women in Baltimore, Md.? This congregation, the Oblate Sisters of Providence, became the first black Catholic community of vowed religious women in the United States and, according to Cardinal William Keeler […]

God’s divine love carries and sustains human love

By Jeff Kirby Where’s the love? In modern society, the person seems lost in his desire and search for love. Many things seem to falsely promise and incompletely assure us of love, and so where can we look for real love? What do we even mean by “love”? On Valentine’s Day we celebrate an emotional […]

Catholic Charities speaks out against domestic violence

by Sister Margie Hosch, OSF GREENVILLE — We are confronted by the statistics which place South Carolina among the top five states with the most reported cases of domestic violence and deaths resulting from that violence. The people of our state are suffering the ravages of domestic violence on a daily basis. Last month, women […]

Rosaries help two BEHS teens fund senior trip to Rome

CHARLESTON — Mary Helen Frick and her friend Bridgette Kelleher have found a unique way to take a senior trip, by making and selling rosaries. The two Bishop England High School students are planning to join their classmates on a pilgrimage to Rome. The trip begins March 24 and costs $2,100. Students are required to […]

Black Catholics from across the state gather for annual Day of Reflection

by Brooksi Hudson CHARLESTON — The annual Black Catholic Day of Reflection brought church leaders throughout the diocese to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist Jan. 29. The event covered topics of racism, leadership, ethnic diversity, and music. The keynote speaker for the Day of Reflection was Beverly Carroll, executive director of the U.S. […]

South Carolinians take part in national March for Life

by Kathy Schmugge WASHINGTON — The forecast for the Washington area would have been enough to deter most travelers from visiting the nation’s capital, but it did not discourage tens of thousands of pro-life marchers. On Jan. 24, they arrived by bus, airplane and car to declare to the world, by their witness, that all […]

Pro-lifers honor S.C. march founder, Kathleen Poole

by Kathy Schmugge COLUMBIA — On Jan. 22, 1974, Kathleen Poole organized the first march to the state Capitol in Columbia with about nine other marchers. She did not let the small numbers discourage her. They were going to be the voice for the voiceless. Last November, the fearless fighter for life lost her battle […]

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