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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 […]

Three women on a mission

BY AMY RIGARD HILTON HEAD — Students at St. Francis by the Sea School have a new influence in their lives. Sister Ave Maria Hayes, 34, Sister Maria Rose Metzger, 27, and Sister Mary Joseph Campbell, 27, came to South Carolina to serve as missionaries and to teach at St. Francis. They are from the […]

Diocese mourns passing of Abbot Kline

MONCKS CORNER — Trappist Father Francis Kline, the abbot of Our Lady of Mepkin Abbey, died Aug. 27 after a three-year battle with lymphoma. He was 57. Abbot Kline was born Joseph Paul Kline III in Philadelphia, Penn., a son of Joseph P. and Vanetta Hiltner Kline. He attended the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin […]

Youths participate in Wash for Life

COLUMBIA — Youth groups from two parishes in the Diocese of Charleston joined 112 other groups from 41 states to be part of the first national Wash for Life. As of Sept. 18, groups reported donations totaling $53,184.04 with almost 4,000 cars washed on Sept. 16. Funds will be donated to local pregnancy care centers. […]

S.C. Charismatic Conference set for Oct. 27-29

COLUMBIA — The 2006 S.C. Catholic Charismatic Conference will be Oct. 27-29 at St. John Neumann School on Polo Road. Father Richard McAlear, of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, will be the guest speaker. Father McAlear, a native of Boston, Mass., became involved in the Catholic charismatic renewal and entered into the healing ministry in […]

Father John Lawlor steps down as pastor of Our Lady of the Valley

GLOVERVILLE — Members of the small parish of Our Lady of the Valley, in what is known as the Horse Creek Valley or “Mill Valley” of South Carolina, can’t say enough about Father John Lawlor. Father Lawlor, CM (Congregation of the Mission) is a Vincentian priest who served as the parish administrator from 1996 until […]

Engaged Encounter gives couples spiritual, practical guidance

MAULDIN — Brian and Darlene Hansen have been appointed as the Upstate coordinators for Catholic Engaged Encounter, an increasingly popular program designed to help engaged couples learn more about each other prior to marriage. They recently took over the position from Jim and Elizabeth Driscoll, who led the statewide program for two years. The Hansens […]

Sister Mary Gallagher retires from St. Anthony Mission

HARDEEVILLE — Sister Mary Gallagher retired in June after more than eight years as parish life facilitator at St. Anthony Mission. The mission is located in Hardeeville, a town of less than 2,000 in largely poor and rural Jasper County. Sister Mary, a Sister of Mercy, came to Hardeeville in late 1997 with Sister Guadalupe […]

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