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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 […]

Stewardship will be theme of Black Catholic Day of Reflection

SUMTER — The Diocese of Charles-ton’s Office of Black Catholics will have its Annual Day of Reflection from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 25 at St. Jude Church, located at 611 W. Oakland. The theme of this year’s Day of Reflection is “Stewardship: the gateway to parish stability and growth.” The keynote speaker will […]

Betty Jo Costello is an inspiration to all

NORTH AUGUSTA — People who call or visit the office of Our Lady of Peace Church have been greeted with a kind voice or warm smile from Betty Jo Costello for nearly 24 years. As parish secretary and bookkeeper, she felt it was her vocation to reach out to others in this manner, but this […]

Hosch honored as Woman of Achievement

COLUMBIA — Ask Franciscan Sister Margie Hosch about her work with the poor and needy, and the words pour out of her in a burst of quiet but ardent enthusiasm. Sister Margie is the regional coordinator for Catholic Charities in the Piedmont Deanery. Her work there has included providing counseling and help to disaster survivors, […]

World traveler O’Leary settles in at Catholic Charities

NORTH CHARLESTON — Helen O’Leary never imagined that at age 52 she would resume a career that she put on the back burner years ago, but as the new Coastal Deanery regional coordinator for Catholic Charities she is doing just that. O’Leary is trained in social work and is licensed to handle adoptions. A native […]

Rite of Election welcomes over 500

CHARLESTON — The Diocese of Charleston has 562 people preparing to enter the Catholic Church this Easter, an increase from 487 last year. During the first two weeks of Lent, catechumens participate in the Rite of Election and candidates the Call to Continuing Conversion. The catechumens are people who are not yet baptized who will […]

It took three starts, but St. Anthony School in Florence turned 50

FLORENCE — An old adage says “the third time’s the charm.” St. Anthony School is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, but its history began 113 years ago with a false start followed by a school closure. First came the dream that never became reality. St. Anthony began as a mission out of Charleston in […]

Youth conference emphasizes ‘Now is the Time’ to seek God’s love

WHITE OAK — It’s not every Sunday that you hear an electric guitar and driving rock-and-roll percussion during the processional at Mass. But then again, not every liturgy is held for the annual Diocese of Charleston’s Youth Conference. This year’s event, which ran from March 10-12, had the theme “Now is the Time!” based on […]

Bishop authors historical novel

Bishop Robert J. Baker has authored a new book, “Cacique: A Novel of Florida’s Heroic Mission History.” It is scheduled for publication later this month by Saint Catherine of Siena Press. “Cacique,” a Spanish word for chieftain, is the tale of Florida’s Potano Indian chieftains and their relationship with Spanish Franciscan missionaries, according to a […]

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