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‘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 […]

Father asks community to help find kidney for ailing son

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH – A desperate father, a parishioner at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, is making a plea to other Catholics and anyone else who will listen. He’d like to find someone who would be willing to donate a kidney to save his son. James Colantino, 75, is the father of Christian, […]

Women religious discuss collaboration

MYRTLE BEACH – Women religious from around the state gathered in April for a meeting on religious collaboration sponsored by the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina. It was the second event of its kind held by the foundation, according to president Tom Keith. Keith said representatives of all the women’s religious orders in […]

Center for Evangelical Catholicism helps adults continue faith formation

GREENVILLE – Evangelical Cath-olicism can pique curiosity, inspire, or get Catholics in touch with their faith. David Tiede Hottinger hopes it does all three. As director of the Center for Evangelical Catholicism at St. Mary Church in Greenville, Hottinger has embarked on a venture designed to get Catholics on a path toward maturity and holiness […]

Father Thomasaiah Reddimasu returns to India

Special to The Miscellany FOLLY BEACH – After five years in the Diocese of Charleston, Father Thomasaiah Reddimasu is leaving for India in early May. The pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel, a priest personable enough to follow in the footsteps of the late Msgr. Robert Kelly, will take the prayers and support of […]

Folly Beach parishioners respond to parish fix-up campaign

FOLLY BEACH – At more than 50 years old, Our Lady of Good Counsel Church at Folly Beach needed many repairs, both large and small. So did the church’s Msgr. Robert Kelly Hall (a garage until 1995) and the A-frame beach house that serves as its rectory. On the nine-page list of problems: the stained […]

Chrism Mass, a renewal of faith and sensitivity

CHARLESTON – This year’s chrism Mass was a time to focus on promoting ethnic sensitivity and welcoming the stranger. Bishop Robert J. Baker encouraged Catholics to be accepting of other cultures. “With an influx of peoples from other countries we must show them the hospitable face of Christ,” he said. “When and as we can, […]

Farrell O’Gorman Chrism luncheon talk

First, I’d like to thank Bishop Baker for inviting me; it is an honor to be addressing all of you. When I was an altar boy at tiny Sacred Heart Mission in the town of Blackville – about forty miles this side of Aiken – I’d never have imagined that I’d be standing here today. […]

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