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2006

Black Catholics celebrate their gifts at ‘soulful reunion’

KINGSTREE — More than 300 Catholics from across the state gathered Oct. 14, “family reunion style,” to celebrate the gifts that Black Catholics bring to the church. The Black Catholic Heritage Celebration is an annual event coordinated by the Office of Ethnic Ministries under the guidance of Franciscan Father Paul Williams and its director, Kathleen […]


From résumés to resources, Life Skills Class helps people change course

NORTH CHARLESTON — Catholic Charities is assisting people in need with a Life Skills Class, designed to help break the cyclical problems associated with generational poverty by giving people the skills they need to improve their lives. The classes are held each Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. John Church, located at 3921 St. John’s […]


Priest says black Catholics have a rich historical tradition in the church

COLUMBIA — During his homily for the heritage celebration in Kingstree, Father Freddy Washington said he hoped to convey the importance and richness of the heritage of black Catholics in South Carolina and the important role they play. “Right now in the church we have come to see the importance of our presence in terms […]


A mission trip to India becomes a life’s desire

In July, Helena Moniz visited a place she can’t quite leave behind. “Everywhere I went I saw the face of God,” she said. She went to India for a month. Her connection there was Father Thomasaiah Reddimasu, a priest from the Diocese of Warangal, whose five-year stay in South Carolina left a permanent impact. While […]


Prayer-filled pro-life vigils are held at clinics around the state

COLUMBIA — For years people have come to pray outside South Carolina clinics where abortions are performed. They come in the hopes that they can save a child and spare a mother the tragic aftermath of an abortion. They also pray for the closing of these clinics and the conversion of those who participate in […]


Marian shrine a ‘sign of hope’

Kingstree — The wind and rain couldn’t dampen the prayerful enthusiasm of more than 300 people who gathered Oct. 8 for the inauguration of the Shrine of Our Lady of South Carolina — Our Lady of Joyful Hope. The ceremony took place along with the annual diocesan Rosary Celebration. Mass was celebrated by Bishop Robert […]


XLT services a mix of lively praise and quiet worship for youth

COLUMBIA — When Father David Whitman carried a gold monstrance containing the Eucharist into a meeting room packed with teenagers, the room grew so silent that the chirping of crickets outside could be heard. He placed the monstrance on an altar that had been set up in the room, and bowed his head in prayer. […]


Black Catholic administrators focus on Katrina victims, multiculturalism at meeting

CHARLESTON — Hurricane Katrina has caused more than physical and emotional damage in Louisiana and Mississippi. It has left a spiritual void that concerns African-American Catholic church administrators. During the annual meeting of the National Association of Black Catholic Administrators, held Sept. 29-30 at the Charleston Riverview Hotel, administrators expressed alarm that the spiritual needs […]


Sister Karee Finnegan dies at 76

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Sister Karee Finnegan, 76, a Franciscan Sister of the Congregation of our Lady of Lourdes, died Aug. 30 at Assisi Heights in Rochester. She was an educator and pastoral minister, and served as a pastoral associate in the Diocese of Charleston, S.C., at Precious Blood of Christ in Pawley’s Island, St. Ann […]


New child development center blessed

CHARLESTON — Bishop Robert J. Baker blessed the Father Joseph F. Hanley Jr. Early Childhood Development Center at Blessed Sacrament Church and School on Sept. 24. Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. proclaimed the day “Blessed Sacrament School Early Childhood Development Center Day” in the city of Charleston. The proclamation lauded the community of families […]


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