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Charitable donations highlight Knights’ convention

NORTH CHARLESTON – More than 300 Knights of Columbus and their families attended the 85th annual state convention May 5-7. The three-day weekend included election of new state officers, an awards breakfast, Mass, a formal banquet, and donations to charities. The event was held at the North Charleston Sheraton. Bill Zimmerman was the honoree at […]

Groundbreaking for Bluffton school

BLUFFTON – St. Gregory the Great Church took the first step on the way to a new elementary school with a groundbreaking on April 29. Father Gregory West, the pastor, said the school will offer much-needed and much-desired Catholic education to the new families that are pouring into the Bluffton area. He said the parish, […]

USC’s St. Thomas More Center damaged in fire

COLUMBIA – The St. Thomas More Center on the campus of the University of South Carolina was heavily damaged in two fires that started in the building’s attic May 10. Columbia firefighters were called to the center, which is the hub of campus Catholic ministry, when the first blaze ignited in the attic around 6:30 […]

St. Ann Chapel reopens in Holly Hill

HOLLY HILL – “It’s like coming home again.” That’s how a parishioner described the April 23 Mass that celebrated the reopening of St. Ann Chapel. It was closed in 2002 because of extensive water damage and mold problems. The history of St. Ann Chapel can be traced back to 1927, when Camilla Pearl Berry-Hutto was […]

John Barker is new diocesan CFO

CHARLESTON – John Barker has joined the Diocese of Charleston as its new chief financial officer. Barker, 48, is the former chief financial officer of the Claremont Restaurant Group in Mooresville, N.C. The company manages Sagebrush Restaurants, casual-dining steakhouses located in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee. Barker is a native of Ohio and […]

Andrew Cano admitted to candidacy for Holy Orders

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Andrew Cano from the Diocese of Charleston, S.C., was admitted to candidacy for Holy Orders by Bishop John D’Arcy of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend on April 29. The event took place in St. Turibius Chapel at the Pontifical College Josephinum, where Cano is a seminarian, according to a press release […]

Poor Clares receive grant

GREENVILLE – The contemplative Order of Poor Clares is giving thanks for a $250,000 grant it received from the National Religious Retirement Office. The grant will assist in the order’s efforts to relocate and build a new monastery. “We have worked very hard to plan for our future living space that is in keeping with […]

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 […]

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