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A new church for St. Ann

SANTEE — The first Mass at the new St. Ann Church was celebrated June 11, a day when temperatures in this resort community near Lake Marion soared into the 90s. Inside the air was cool and faces were lit with smiles as Bishop Robert J. Baker blessed the new church and spoke to those gathered […]

Artist’s show to benefit Daughters of St. Paul

CHARLESTON — “Mary’s Garden,” a show of original works by artist Gary Hoff, will open this week at the Pauline Books and Media Center on King Street. Held in conjunction with the Spoleto Festival, it will benefit the renovation of the Daughters of St. Paul’s building. The show’s opening, which includes a reception, will be […]

Welcome additions at Good Shepherd in McCormick

McCORMICK — An important new part of parish life at Good Shepherd Church was officially blessed on May 31. A Family Life Center has been added to the church’s property off U.S. 221 in the small community of McCormick. Members of the church, a mission of Sacred Heart Church in Abbeville, gathered for the blessing […]

Prison Ministry convocation focuses on spirituality

SPRINGMAID BEACH – The National Convocation of Jail and Prison Ministry, an ecumenical gathering of people who work in ministry for the incarcerated, came to the Diocese of Charles-ton this year and drew more than 100 people for four and a half days of workshops, lectures, prayer, and public demonstration of commitment to justice for […]

Radio host encourages all Catholics to become apologists

SIMPSONVILLE — When Carrie Vaughn of St. Mary Magdalene Parish was struggling to understand her faith, apologist John Martignoni came to her rescue on Catholic radio station WCKI, 1300-am. “I started listening to him on my lunch hour,” she said. “He kept answering my questions, so I called the Catholic Radio Station to get his […]

Providence Hospital CEO honored

COLUMBIA — Sister Judith Ann Karam, president and chief executive officer of Sisters of Charity Providence Hospitals, received the 2006 Distinguished Service Award from the Ohio Hospital Association June 12. Sister Judith Ann also serves as president and CEO of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine Health System (CSA Health System) in Cleveland, Ohio. […]

Three ordained as transitional deacons

CHARLESTON – Timothy Gahan, Andrew Trapp and Jeremi Wodecki have officially become members of the clergy and have accepted the responsibilities that entails. The three men were ordained to the transitional diaconate by Bishop Robert J. Baker on May 20 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. In order to prepare for the priesthood, […]

‘Hearts on Fire’ event held in Rock Hill

ROCK HILL – A priest, originally from Brazil, presiding over a Mass with Hispanic musicians and Vietnamese dancers epitomized diversity at Winthrop Coliseum April 23. More than 1,200 people gathered for “Hearts on Fire,” a celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday organized by members of St. Anne Church. Pope John Paul II established the Divine Mercy […]

At 82, Zsiga is an active volunteer, inspiration

ROCK HILL – Joseph “Ziggy” Zsiga has spent his life in quiet and dedicated service to his family, church, community and, for the last 50 years, the Knights of Columbus. On March 1, 1956, the 82-year-old Zsiga became a Knight in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. In 1975, he moved to Rock Hill and became […]

Echo House, serving the North Charleston community

NORTH CHARLESTON – Volunteers at Echo House are rewarded with joy. They hear songs and prayer from the senior citizens they serve, and are witnesses to spontaneous praise for what other people take for granted. Where else can one hear the heartfelt prayer, “Thank you, Lord, for letting us wake up in our right minds […]

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