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Missionary work is the heart of his priesthood

BY BROOKSI HUDSON MONCKS CORNER — St. Philip Benizi Church welcomed a new parish administrator at the end of 2004. Diocesan priest Father Bernardino Yebra hails from Manila in the Philippine Islands. Father Yebra was ordained in Manila 17 years ago, but his road to the priesthood began at age 13. He attended Catholic school […]

Got VIRTUS? It’s mandatory

CHARLESTON — If you are an employee of the Diocese of Charleston, or a diocesan volunteer with access to children or vulnerable adults, you are required to attend a VIRTUS “Protecting God’s Children” program. VIRTUS is the mandatory course that the diocese employs to create safe environments for children and vulnerable adults within parishes and […]

Staking a claim — and outsmarting a fox — in Zorritos

ZORRITOS, Peru — It is now 3:15 a.m. I’ve just helped load our truck with 40 12-foot bamboo poles. About 15 parishioners are planting these deeply in the ground alongside the Pan-American Highway. Wires will unite the poles which surround a piece of property (about 800 yards) to which the parish is laying claim. It […]

Catholic Charities in Pee Dee forms advisory council

CONWAY — The Advisory Council of the Pee Dee office of Catholic Charities met for the first time Aug. 27 at Conway High School. “We found that Catholic Charities had basically gone as far as it could on its own,” said Diane Bullard, director of the Pee Dee office. “We needed to get services to […]

The diocese wants you!

CHARLESTON — Bishop Robert J. Baker asked the diocesan pastoral council, the curia, and the presbyteral council to review the document “Much Awaits Us,” and he is now seeking the input of the faithful in South Carolina. The document was written in the Diocese of Charleston as a result of Pope John Paul II’s pastoral […]

Sisters of Charity reconnect with Neighborhood House outreach

CHARLESTON — The Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy have assumed sponsorship of the Neighborhood House, an outreach formerly operated by Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Charleston. The change was initiated by the sisters as part of their 175th celebration as a religious community in the diocese and from their desire to […]

Groundbreaking in Santee

SANTEE — The growing Catholic community of this lake district ended a long pursuit when it broke ground during a celebratory event on July 28. “We’ve been without a church building for 20 years,” said St. Ann parishioner Caroline Genewick. “We’re happy just to get a church.” Parish members have been participating in Saturday vigil […]

Nine new principals start year at diocesan schools

SPARTANBURG — Eight of the 30 Catholic schools in South Carolina have new leaders for the 2005-2006 academic year. Some incoming principals have replaced retiring administrators, some are interim themselves and others have moved up in the same schools where they have been working. The new principal at St. Peter School in Beaufort has assumed […]

Speakers say modern NFP is about spirituality and a way of life

BY KATHY SCHMUGGE COLUMBIA — With a combination of genuine warmth, knowledge, and faith, Father Matthew Habiger, a moral theologian, was well-equipped to take on Goliath. The giant in this case was the task of informing South Carolina Catholic couples and youth that there is an authentic way to love, and though it may not […]

Sierra Leone archbishop brings message of friendship, common heritage

CHARLESTON — Archbishop Joseph Ganda of Sierra Leone recently visited South Carolina, a state known for its hospitality. One of the reasons he came was to return the hospitality of the Polite family of North Charleston. Antawn and Thomiland Polite had visited the archbishop’s country as a part of “Homecoming,” a movement which seeks to […]

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