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Constant monitoring is key to internet safety, officer says

AIKEN — It’s 10 p.m. and your children are home, safe and sound. Or are they? Safety is a relative term if children and teenagers are allowed to wander unsupervised in cyberspace, said Capt. Maryann Burgess, with the Aiken Dept. of Public Safety’s juvenile division. Burgess is part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task […]

Speaker says the duties of priests are to teach, govern, sanctify

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — The role of the Catholic priest as teacher, minister of the sacraments and community leader was the focus of a series of conferences at the annual retreat for the Diocese of Charleston’s priests, held at Kanuga Conference Center Oct. 27-30. Diocesan clergy spent three days attending Mass, holy hours, eucharistic adoration, and […]

Prosthetist finds spiritual fulfillment at medical missions

COLUMBIA — Larry Wiley has given dozens of people in Guatemala a new lease on life by giving them new limbs. Wiley, a mechanical engineer and certified prosthetist, has visited the country on four medical mission trips with Deacon Ed Peitler, director of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Charleston. Deacon Peitler and other volunteers […]

Honored volunteers are more than Senior Companions, they are family

GREENVILLE — Catholic Charities and Bon Secours St. Francis Health System honored volunteer Senior Companions and presented awards at an appreciation lunch Oct. 14.Jarda Booker received the Senior Companion Volunteer of the Year Award. Booker attends St. Anthony of Padua Church in Greenville. She has served in the program from its inception providing companionship to […]

Five truths on the Virgin Mary: Victory over death

Editor’s Note: This is the final column of a five-part series Father Jeffrey Kirby is writing for the month of October, which is dedicated to Mary and the rosary. Fifth Truth: At death, life is changed, not ended.Awhile back, while ministering to a person with a terminal illness, I was asked, “Father, should I be […]

The racing Benore brothers push each other to excel

GREENVILLE — Two of the top five runners on the state champion cross-country team from St. Joseph’s Catholic School share more than the ability to run like the wind. They share the same genes.Identical twins Bradley and Joshua Benore finished within seconds of each other at the end of the 3.1 mile cross-country championship meet […]

Kauffman siblings star in the pool as boys and girls take state crowns

GREENVILLE — High school swimming has evolved in South Carolina into an adjunct, season-opening program for the state’s serious year-round swimmers.So it was especially satisfying for the swimmers of St. Joseph’s Catholic School to see records fall when they swept the S.C. Independent Schools Association championships at the Augusta Aquatic Center on Oct. 11 in […]

Catholic Eagle Scout, AP student eyes military career

HILTON HEAD — He may be young, but 17-year-old James Rankin has built up quite a resume.The high school senior has taken the rigorous International Baccalaureate diploma course, scored a perfect 5.0 on an additional AP chemistry exam, become an award-winning commanding officer of his high school ROTC unit, and was invited to the summer […]

Charismatic Conference focuses on spiritual freedom

COLUMBIA — Finding the true freedom that only comes through accepting Jesus Christ was the main focus of the annual S.C. Catholic Charis matic Con ference held Oct. 24-26 at Our Lady of the Hills Church. The theme was “Spiritual Freedom … Transforming the Culture” and was based on 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10, “All those people […]

Students discuss impact of abortion on black community

COLUMBIA — Students from two University of South Carolina groups met with representatives of the Diocese of Charleston Oct. 13 to discuss the devastating impact of abortion on people in the black community. About 50 members of University of South Carolina Students for Life and the student branch of the NAACP heard a presentation by […]

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