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New St. Mary Church celebrates with its first Masses

ROCK HILL — A new era began for historic St. Mary Church when Oratorian Father David Valtierra celebrated Masses in the new building Feb. 3. “It has been a long hard journey to this sacred space,” he said in his homily. The building took over two years to construct. Much of the detail work, including […]

Eight truths every Catholic should know

Editor’s note: This is the sixth of a series of columns Father Jeff Kirby is writing for Lent. Sixth truth: The eucharistic presence of Christ. Oftentimes, in visiting the sick in a hospital or those who are homebound, there is no right thing to say. People don’t really want great insights or powerful assertions. They […]

‘Virgin Dialogues’ discuss a chaste collegiate life

COLUMBIA — Chastity, celibacy and purity are not three adjectives often associated with life on a modern college campus. They were the keywords of the night, however, at “The Virgin Dialogues,” held Feb. 28 at the University of South Carolina. The event was co-sponsored by USC’s Students for Life and the Palmetto Family Council. It […]

Junior Legions of Mary busy doing good works

FLORENCE — If an idle mind is the devil’s playground, then the young members of the Junior Legion of Mary in Florence and Aiken have nothing to worry about. The two groups are devoted to giving service to the Catholic Church and their community on a voluntary basis in a multitude of ways. The Legion […]

St. Francis Xavier a champion for social justice

SUMTER — The following information about St. Francis Xavier High School was provided by Susan Lavergne, principal. History: Catholic education began in Sumter County in 1861. It has rarely been interrupted since that time. The current high school was founded in 1997 by a group of parents after Sumter Catholic High School was closed. This […]

New church may cause some confusion

CHARLESTON — Catholics living on Daniel Island may be a little confused about a new church in their neighborhood. St. Jude Catholic Mission is part of the Independent Catholic Church affiliated with St. Francis of Assisi Church in Summerville, part of the Independent Catholic Diocese of Summerville. According to the church’s Web site they are […]

Couples reaffirm vows at diocesan wedding celebration

AIKEN — Ivy and Joe Monahon of Aiken never thought a trip to Washington, D.C., in January 2004 would lead them to a very different destination: marriage. The Aiken couple met on a bus trip to the National March for Life and eleven months later became husband and wife. On Feb. 17, they attended the […]

VIRTUS facilitators meet to discuss program, protecting children

COLUMBIA — Men and women who lead VIRTUS classes for the Diocese of Charleston met on Feb. 12 to reinforce their commitment to helping others learn about protecting children from abuse. All diocesan employees and volunteers who work with children or vulnerable adults must attend VIRTUS “Protecting God’s Children” classes. Participants learn about the warning […]

St. Benedict, Habitat for Humanity help family with dream home

MOUNT PLEASANT — Home is where the heart is. For Colene Solomon’s family, it’s where more than 50 people gathered to dig the foundation of her future home. The newly constructed home is possible due to a $50,000 donation from St. Benedict Church to East Cooper Habitat for Humanity. When Solomon and her eight-year-old daughter, […]

Father Edward Mullen, a priest for 35 years, dies at age 82

CHARLESTON — Father Edward F. Mullen, a retired priest of the Diocese of Charleston living at St. Joseph’s Residence, died Jan. 23. He was 82. Edward Francis Mullen was born on Dec. 17, 1925, in New York, N.Y., a son of Matthew and Margaret Boyle Mullen. He was a graduate of Cardinal Hayes High School; […]

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