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Sister Besendorf dies at 87

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Sister Rosamond Besendorf, OSU, a former teacher at Ursuline High School in Columbia, S.C., died Oct. 6 at the Marian Home. The funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 11 at the Ursuline Motherhouse Chapel. Burial was at St. Michael’s Cemetery. Sister Besendorf was born in Louisville on Nov. 14, 1917, and was received […]

Thornhill Farm a haven for developmentally disabled

CHARLESTON — Healing Farm Ministries is a Christ-centered, not-for-profit corporation serving individuals and families affected by developmental disabilities. According to a press release from the organization, its mission is to establish faith communities in which people with developmental disabilities and the people who care for them can grow together as part of the Body of […]

Sister Stein dies at 99

SINSINAWA, Wis. — Sister Lenora Stein, OP, a former teacher at St. Martin de Porres School in Columbia, S.C., died at St. Dominic Villa Oct. 6. The funeral Mass was celebrated in Queen of the Rosary Chapel Oct. 10. Burial was in the motherhouse cemetery. Sister Stein was born June 12, 1906, in St. Louis, […]

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 […]

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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