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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 […]

Fatima statue to visit SC

The International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be made available to parishes in South Carolina during the month of October. During a congress for youths in Fatima, Portugal, in 1946, participants took a statue of Mary from display in the Cova de Iria and made a pilgrimage to Lisbon. When they […]

EWTN now available on digital cable in Charleston and Columbia

CHARLESTON — A six-year campaign that began with a few persistent people ended in success in December when EWTN hit the airwaves in Charleston and Columbia. EWTN Global Catholic Network is now on Comcast Channel 291 in the Holy City and on Time Warner Channel 168 in Columbia. “We have a loyal fan base of […]

Bishop Baker’s prayer for life

Bishop Robert J. Baker gave the following prayer at the Stand Up for Life March and Rally in Columbia Jan. 21. O God of Light and Life and Love, please be with this great assemblage of people, gathered today to give you praise and to thank you for the gift of Life, the precious gift […]

Home Works volunteers help Katrina-ravaged areas

COLUMBIA — In mid-December 11 Home Works volunteers from Columbia, Greenville, the Isle of Palms, S.C., and Augusta, Ga., traveled to Covington, La., located about 45 minutes northeast of New Orleans. The trip was made possible through the initiative of Bishop Dorsey Henderson of the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina. Both the Episcopal Diocese […]

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