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Elaine Addison, Cardinal Bernardin’s sister, dies at 73

MARIETTA, Ga. — Elaine Bernardin Addison, the younger sister of the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, died Sept. 23 at her home. She was 73. Addison was born in Columbia, S.C., a daughter of the late Joseph and Maria Bernardin. She was a graduate of St. Peter School and Cardinal Newman High School and attended the […]

Visiting priest says Arab Christians’ experience is overlooked

COLUMBIA — Recent reports about the escalating conflict between Israel and Hezbollah have had a special impact for one South Carolina-born priest. Father Rick Vanderwater, affiliated with the Diocese of Jerusalem, spent the past 32 years serving as a teacher and parish priest in Israel. During that time, he learned about the vibrant but difficult […]

Peitler is new social ministry director

CHARLESTON — Deacon Ed Peitler, the Diocese of Charleston’s new executive director for the Office of Social Ministries and Catholic Charities, hopes to use his experience to hone in on healthcare for the needy. He is an ordained deacon for the diocese and serves in that role at St. Peter Church in Beaufort. He is […]

Cardinal Arinze visits South Carolina

CHARLESTON — Cardinal Francis Arinze, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the  Sacraments, made a special visit to the Diocese of Charles-ton and celebrated Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist on July 23. Bishop Robert J. Baker said Cardinal Arinze came to the Lowcountry after speaking at […]

Seminarian Dan Powell dies at age 41

CHARLESTON — Daniel Thomas Powell, a seminarian for the Diocese of Charleston, died Aug. 14, at age 41. The wake service was held Aug. 17 and the Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Aug. 18, both at St. Theresa the Little Flower in Summerville. The burial will be in New Jersey. Powell […]

High School CLI: ‘joyfully serving each other and joyfully praising our Lord’

BATESBURG-LEESVILLE — “Being here put me back on the right track,” Jessica Sproch said of the diocesan Christian Leadership Institute for high school students. The 16-year-old member of Our Lady of Lourdes in Greenwood said she “really learned that God is everywhere.” A record number of teens attended the CLI July 10-14 in rural Lexington […]

Back to school for Catholic students

The doors of the 30 Catholic schools around the Diocese of Charleston have officially opened for the 2006-07 school year. Leaders at the diocesan level and in the individual schools say this will be a year for growth, increased focus on the schools’ unique combination of academic excellence and spiritual development, and enhancing the role […]

Family Honor Conference focuses on theology of the body

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The third national Family Honor Conference provided a “great service to church and society, individuals and families” by focusing on the theology of the body and the mercy of God, according to Cardinal Francis Arinze, the conference’s keynote speaker. The prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the […]

Divine Redeemer celebrates 50 years

HANAHAN — A parish whose founding members attended Mass at a paper mill celebrated its 50th anniversary with worship, laughter and prayer on July 18. More than 400 people gathered at Divine Redeemer Church for a special golden anniversary Mass celebrated by Bishop Robert J. Baker. The crowd included many original members of the parish, […]

Sister Mary Francis Cannon takes vows

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Sister Mary Francis Cannon, a native of Spartanburg, S.C., professed her vows for the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities Aug. 12 at St. Anthony Convent chapel. Sister Mary Francis grew up as a Southern Baptist. She became a Catholic after attending Mass with a friend. “I found my voice […]

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