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SCCCW celebrates good works at annual convention

COLUMBIA — “Live as children of light,” a phrase from Ephesians 5:8, was the rallying cry for the 77th Annual Convention of the South Carolina Council of Catholic Women. The event was held March 23-25. The 189 attendees worshiped and celebrated together, listened to guest speakers and took time to honor individuals and groups who […]

Knights celebrate 125th anniversary

COLUMBIA — It has been a time of celebration for the Knights of Columbus both nationally and around the Diocese of Charleston. On March 26, the Knights of Columbus fraternity celebrated its 125th anniversary. Founded in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney and a few of his parishioners in the basement of a church in […]

Group offers support for parents with Down syndrome children

SURFSIDE BEACH — Diane Glover and Courtney Fields are like any mothers of small children, they love to talk about their two-year-olds, MaryEllen and Koby. The fact that both children have Down syndrome does nothing to dampen the obvious joy these women get from their toddlers, and it’s something they want to share. Glover and […]

Retreats now offered at St. Katharine Drexel Residence

CHARLESTON — Individuals and small groups looking for spiritual enrichment can now find it at the St. Katharine Drexel Volunteer Residence. The house, located at 34 Wentworth St., has been adapted to allow for retreats of individuals and small groups. It also is home to the Diocese of Charleston Volunteers program for people who wish […]

Singin’ in the rainmaker

GREENVILLE — Until now, the students in Anita Sleeman’s fine arts class at St. Joseph’s Catholic School had completed several “dry runs” of their spring production of “Singin’ in the Rain.” But on this March afternoon, one of them would end up literally soaking wet. Ben Novotny, a senior at St. Joseph’s, plays Don Lockwood, […]

Young athletes learn to compete before Special Olympics

CHARLESTON — The Special Olympics Young Athletes Program made its debut at the state level during the mid-winter games held March 10 at The Citadel. The program includes children with intellectual disabilities ages 2 to 7 in sports/play activities that introduce them to athletic competition prior to eligibility in Special Olympics at age 8. Marie […]

Father Spencer completes assignment in Iraq, hopes to return

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Father Robert A. Spencer, a lieutenant commander in the United States Navy Reserve, returned to his home base at Camp Pendleton recently, after spending a year in Iraq. Father Spencer, a priest of the Diocese of Charleston, is serving as a military chaplain. He was attached to the First Marine Logistics […]

Parishioner designs window for Church of the Infant Jesus Mission

MARION — On sunny days, members of the Church of the Infant Jesus Mission in Marion will soon see sunlight streaming  through a new stained glass window on the church’s back wall. The window, designed by local artist Joanne Hickey, is five feet in diameter and portrays the Blessed Mother with the infant Jesus. Workers […]

Seeing God’s love at Catholic Campus Ministry retreat

CHARLESTON — Where do you see God’s love? Emmeline Caron sees it in the flowers that open to new life each spring. Caron was one of 70 students who participated in the Statewide Catholic Campus Ministry Student Retreat in Leesville. The retreat, held Feb. 16-18, focused on witnessing God’s infinite love. The students engaged in […]

CLI youths grow stronger in faith, spread gospel

BATESBURG-LEESVILLE — From group worship and skits to running a gauntlet of whiffle balls, this year’s Christian Leadership Institute offered youths ways to strengthen their Catholic faith. The retreat for high school students took place July 8-13 at Camp Kinard, and drew 100 participants from parishes around the diocese. Twenty counselors, including deacons and youth […]

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