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World Mission Sunday on Oct. 19 has local blessing

SUMMERVILLE — Msgr. Edward Lofton visited the island nation of Fiji in February and March. He helped at a parish where residents are poor, electricity is spotty and most roads are not paved. What the people lacked in goods, however, they made up for in great faith, he said. He returned from the trip with […]

Remember spiritual maturity and the Gospel at the voting booth

Parents have the responsibility to watch over their children who, if they had total freedom, would seek immediate gratification from all that seemed good — candy, TV, games — as soon as they could get it.They would also avoid things that are difficult but important for growth, like  discipline, homework and housework,  procrastinating as long […]

St. Vincent de Paul Society meets, seeks to reenergize workers

MOUNT PLEASANT — Bishop David B. Thompson, retired bishop of the Diocese of Charles ton, was the keynote speaker at the quarterly meeting of the Coastal District of the St. Vincent de Paul Society on Sept. 27.During his talk, Bishop Thompson told the members of the charitable organization a story about a man who was […]

Annual blessing of pets commemorates St. Francis

SOUTH CAROLINA — Many priests and deacons held animal blessings around the state on Oct. 4, the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi.St. Francis was born in 1181 or 1182 and died in 1226. He was the founder of the Order of Friars Minor, more commonly known as the Franciscans.The saint is known for […]

Birthright of Greenville celebrates 30 years of success stories

GEORGETOWN — Photographs of smiling and laughing children paper a wall in the office of the Birthright crisis pregnancy center.Pawleys Island resident Len Vercellotti points to a small framed photo on the opposite wall. The inscription on it states: “Marita Joan Vercellotti, co-founder, forever in our hearts.” Many of the children in the pictures hanging […]

Bess Alston helps Catholic students who are far from home

ORANGEBURG — Bess Alston had just retired from a teaching career in 2002 when she took on a new role helping an entirely different group of students. She is now the director of Catholic campus ministry at S.C. State University and Claflin University, two historically black schools in Orangeburg. Alston is a member of Holy […]

Five truths on the Virgin Mary

Editor’s Note: This is the second of a five-part series of columns Father Jeffrey Kirby is writing for the month of October, which is dedicated to Mary and the rosary. Second truth: Life is a family affair.Life has an amazing inner focus on community, and most of it surrounds the family. Weddings, birthday parties, funerals, […]

Rosary is the answer to uncertainty, speaker says

KINGSTREE — Lucille Watson of Charleston dedicated all four of her boys, Ilya, Stas, Vlad and Max, to Mary when she adopted them from Russia. She said the boys, who are home-schooled, are now preparing shoeboxes to send to children overseas at Christmas and have been praying the rosary for those they will help. This […]

Clemson University group starts Students for Life

CLEMSON — A small group of Clemson University students, staff and faculty has started an effort aimed at bringing together pro-life members of the school community.The group calls itself CU Students for Life and it hopes to activate the pro-life cause at the university and in the city of Clemson that surrounds the campus.CU Students […]

Blandine Schilling, 99, leads an active life of faith

HILTON HEAD — Blandine Schilling, 99, has become one of the best-known members of St. Francis by the Sea Church. She attends daily Mass so faithfully, always sitting in the front row, that when she left for a two-month trip earlier this summer, she was instantly missed.Daughter Susan Boyd said that dozens of people greet […]

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