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Sister Bridget Sullivan elected to second term as OLM superior

CHARLESTON — The Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy elected Sister Bridget Sullivan as General Superior for a second term. The sisters held their General Chapter April 4-6 at their motherhouse on James Island, and the elections for their leadership team took place at the close of the sessions. The councilors elected to […]

Blessed Sacrament student wins state handwriting contest

CHARLESTON — Viviana Ortiz has some tips for people who want to improve their handwriting. “Always slant your book and practice a lot. And always follow the guidelines,” she said.The third-grader from Blessed Sacrament School was recently named the state handwriting champion for her age group, so she should know the “write” secret to success. […]

Official appointments for diocesan clergy

CHARLESTON — The following appointments have been made by Msgr. Martin T. Laughlin, administrator of the Diocese of Charleston: Father Anthony Benjamine, administrator, St. Mary Church, Yonges Island; Sts. Frederick & Stephen Mission, Edisto Island, effective Feb. 25. Father Anthony Batung, supply priest, St. Patrick Church, Charleston, effective March 1. Father Christopher Oranyeli, OP, chaplain, […]

OLM outreach receives $500,000 challenge grant

JOHNS ISLAND — The Kresge Foundation recently awarded a $500,000 challenge grant to Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach to help them build their new Wellness House. The sisters of Our Lady of Mercy provide free health, education and outreach services to needy families on Johns, James and Wadmalaw islands.   They recently started a […]

Dioceses recognize April as child abuse prevention month

CHARLESTON — April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Catholics at all levels are being encouraged to learn more about this difficult issue.   The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has developed a resource packet with information and suggestions on how to address the issue of child abuse. It was sent earlier this […]

Black Catholics in antebellum Charleston: Part 1

CHARLESTON — Thanks to the Fundamental Constitutions of the 17th century, colonial South Carolina enjoyed the most tolerant religious policy in North America. Jews, Huguenots, Quakers and other denominations were free to practice their faith. Catholics, however, were not welcome to do so, and African religious forms were suppressed. Not until 1790 did the new […]

A spot of tea might just do the trick for Paulines

CHARLESTON — Few people who pass by the Pauline Books and Media bookstore at 243 King Street realize a peaceful garden, with space for prayer and rest, can be found at the back.  It’s just one part of the multi-faceted facility run by the Daughters of St. Paul, which also includes a chapel, a meeting […]

St. Joseph’s Catholic a leader from humble origins

GREENVILLE — The following information about St. Joseph’s Catholic School was provided by Keith Kiser, headmaster. History: St. Joseph’s opened in 1993 with 13 students in a small house donated by a Lutheran Church. Six months later, it moved to a larger facility. In August 2000, Bishop Robert J. Baker recognized St. Joseph’s as a […]

St. Martin de Porres is filled with shining stars

COLUMBIA — The following information about  St. Martin de Porres School was provided by Sister Roberta Fulton, SSMN, principal. History: St. Martin de Porres began with a small group of African-American Catholics who wanted a desegregated place of worship. Bishop Emmet M. Walsh contacted the Dominican fathers in New York and they sent Father Weiland […]

Chrism Mass a time of renewal

CHARLESTON — Christian life is a series of new beginnings, according to Father Andrew Apostoli, and those renewals can be seen during Advent, Christmas, confession or the beginning of a new church year. Father Apostoli was the homilist for the annual chrism Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist held March 18. He […]

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