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Volunteers at Loris Family Clinic help farm workers stay well

BY TIM BULLARD LORIS — The Loris Family Clinic is a free clinic for seasonal farm workers and their families. It is a direct way in which the health of Hispanic seasonal farm workers and their families is being bettered through a partnership between Loris Healthcare System and Little River Medical Center. Dr. Luis D. […]

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 […]

Blessed Sacrament School renovations a tribute to a stewardship parish

BY BROOKSI HUDSON CHARLESTON — Renovation of the middle school wing at Blessed Sacrament School is scheduled to wrap up in time for the new school year. The $370,000 project included the addition of lighting and security cameras throughout the building and the installation of a new energy-saving air conditioning system. “Overall the building will […]

Mothers, kids learn about child safety at MOMS meeting

GOOSE CREEK—Any parent who watches television or reads newspapers is aware of the threat of child predators. The Immaculate Conception MOMS Club, a local chapter of an international organization designed to provide support for stay-at-home mothers, educated its members about child safety on July 12. Officer Jim Guest, a Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) officer […]

Three ordained to the priesthood

BY BROOKSI HUDSON CHARLESTON — Bishop Robert J. Baker ordained Robert Higgins, Christopher Smith and David Whitman to the priesthood in a Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist July 23. The three men have different backgrounds, but all share a common love for Christ and the church. Father Smith, the youngest at […]

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 […]

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