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Around the state, Life Chains send message to passers-by

BY KATHY SCHMUGGE COLUMBIA — It was around 2 p.m. Oct. 2, and Alford (last name withheld by request) just could not find the right place to have lunch. He passed many of his favorite restaurants, but nothing seemed to appeal to him. What caught his eye was a Life Chain forming in front of […]

St. Mary hosts panel on death and dying

GREENVILLE — The crowd that came to hear a discussion of end-of-life issues at St. Mary’s Gallivan Hall on Oct. 20 heard three different perspectives from pro-life advocates. The most surprising talk was that of Wayne Cockfield, a lobbyist for the National Right To Life Committee at the United Nations. Cockfield, a Florence native who […]

St. Andrew breaks ground for new center

BY SHEILA OJENDYK MYRTLE BEACH — Dreams are finally coming to fruition at St. Andrew Church. The parish broke ground on a new community life center Oct. 9, ending a weekend stewardship festival. In 1994, the first of four homes on the block was purchased for future expansion. In the spring of 2003, Msgr. Chet […]

Bishop asks S.C. Catholics to become friends with their Jewish neighbors

BY JEFFREY KIRBY Last month, Bishop Robert J. Baker and a small group of Catholic bishops and Jewish rabbis from around the United States attended an interfaith program and pilgrimage with the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding. The center and its programs are a part of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn. The aims of this […]

Rick Lloyd’s mission is being a father to his gifted stepgranddaughter

BY BROOKSI HUDSON SUMMERVILLE — Fourteen years ago Rick Lloyd was facing serious health problems, and the idea of adopting a newborn child was the furthest thing from his mind. But when he first saw the blonde-haired, blue-eyed baby girl, he knew that life was calling him to a new mission. Rick, a parishioner at […]

Annual diocesan Rosary Celebration marked by unity in diversity

GREER — Nearly 700 Catholics came together to celebrate their faith with prayer at Our Lady of Vietnam Park Oct. 9. The occasion was the third annual Rosary Celebration, sponsored by the Diocese of Charleston. The park is located beyond the city limits and is the only shrine to Mary in South Carolina. That will […]

St. Patrick, Our Lady of Mercy bid farewell to Father Kulandai

CHARLESTON — St. Patrick became the site of bittersweet farewells Oct. 2 as parishioners and friends of Father Peter Kulandai met to say goodbye. For four years Father Kulandai has ministered to both St. Patrick and Our Lady of Mercy parishioners and has served as chaplain for the Knights of Columbus Council 8900. Father James […]

Mustard Seed Communities’ founder asks help for abandoned children

BY BROOKSI HUDSON HILTON HEAD ISLAND — Father Gregory Ramkissoon visited St. Francis by the Sea Parish Nov. 4-6 to talk about the plight of abandoned children and the poor in Caribbean and African countries. Father Ramkissoon founded the first Mustard Seed Community in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1978 after witnessing the abandonment of handicapped children […]

Father Hamilton, former pastor of Holy Family Church, dies at 87

DUBUQUE, Iowa — Father Philip A. Hamilton, former pastor of Holy Family Church on Hilton Head Island, S.C., died Oct. 28 in Savannah, Ga. He was 87. The Mass of Christian Burial was Oct. 31 at Holy Family Church. Interment was at Calvary Cemetery in Omaha, Neb. Father Hamilton was born Oct. 5, 1918, in […]

Vietnamese-American Catholics meet for ‘Seminar in the Spirit’

GREENVILLE — Hundreds of Vietnamese-American Cath-olics from the Upstate gathered at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish for the three-day “Seminar in the Spirit,” a retreat led by a priest and team from California. If participants expected serene prayer and meditation, they were in for a surprise. From the beginning on Friday night, Sept. 16, […]

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