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In the Peruvian Mission, ‘We do what we can, with what we’ve got’

BY TAYLOR SMITH GREENVILLE — Mary Helen Ragland and I travelled to Peru this summer, spending 14 days in a large parish north of Lima, located on the equator. The pastor of this massive parish, Msgr. Donald Gorski, was our pastor at St. Mary Church in Greenville for seven years, and is now a missionary […]

Sister Johnson, former Catholic Charities social worker, dies at 82

SINSINAWA, Wis. — Sister Elaine Johnson, OP (Malcolm), a former social worker for Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Charleston, died at St. Dominic Villa Oct. 21. The funeral Mass was celebrated in Queen of the Rosary Chapel Oct. 24. Burial was in the motherhouse cemetery. Sister Johnson was born May 21, 1923, in Chicago, […]

St. Mary in Rock Hill grows into new church

BY LAURA PFIZENMAYER ROCK HILL — Several hundred St. Mary parishioners and friends gathered for a historic groundbreaking ceremony Nov. 6. Steady growth in this Midlands parish has resulted in plans for a new building that will seat 475 people. When the newly ordained Oratorian Father Edward Wahl first organized St. Mary in 1946, his […]

Father Parker retires after 23 years as a Catholic priest

BY NANCY SCHWERIN JOHNS ISLAND — Father James Parker took a road less traveled to the priesthood. After 23 years of ministering to Catholics, he celebrated his final Mass as pastor of Holy Spirit Church Oct. 30. Father Parker’s ministry extends for more than 23 years, however. He was ordained on July 25, 1957, as […]

St. Francis quilters pass on ‘a little bit of love’

WALHALLA — Virginia B. “Jenny” Grobusky wanted to add some color and warmth to the lives of hurricane refugees from the Gulf Coast, so she got a bunch of quilters together and started working. Nearly two dozen women from western Oconee County made 136 quilts by hand in a two-month blitz. “They worked every Wednesday […]

Bishop England stance on Race for the Cure an educational one

DANIEL ISLAND — When Bishop England High School took a pro-life stance and withdrew its support of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, it took some criticism in the community but the action was educational. The school withdrew use of its campus and computers for the Oct. 22 race because the foundation supports […]

St. Joseph’s Catholic School shoots for a new gym

GREENVILLE — Jan Carino finally believed it when the earth moved. Carino has been the athletic director of St. Joseph’s Catholic School for the past eight years. Each fall she labors to schedule practices and home games for six basketball teams (boys and girls middle school, junior varsity and varsity) in rented facilities, and each […]

Boy Scouts find fun and faith at first Catholic Camporee in South Carolina

CHERAW — Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from across the state assembled at Camp Coker for a weekend of outdoor activities and instruction Oct. 13-15. They fired rifles, shot arrows, paddled canoes, learned to tie knots, practiced realistic first-aid and slept in tents. The only difference from a normal camporee was that it was sponsored […]

College students hear about dating and the value of chastity

BY KATHY SCHMUGGE COLUMBIA — It was standing room only at the St. Thomas More Center Oct. 18 when the University of South Carolina’s Newman Club invited Family Honor presenters Thomas and Karen Provost to speak on “Dating, Marriage, and Chastity.” “I think that college students are very aware that a relationship they might have […]

Donations will help churches provide Thanksgiving dinner for those in need

COLUMBIA — It’s turkey season and Robert Keeder is out hunting — hunting for people who will show their generosity to those in need. Each year the dedicated Columbian and a corps of interfaith volunteers engage in a labor of love, garnering funds and support to provide a meal for hungry people on Thanksgiving Day, […]

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