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Members of St. James Church in Conway and Church of the Resurrection Mission in Loris celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with a 20-mile torch run, candlelight procession and midnight Mass
Hispanics in Conway and Loris hold weeklong Marian festivities

CONWAY—The Hispanic community of St. James Church gathered at the family life center Dec. 11 to celebrate the vigil of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Standing-room-only crowds participated in the “Rosario y Peregrinacion” a rosary and pilgrimage, and a midnight Mass celebrated by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone. Bishop Guglielmone accompanied the crowds of […]

Young women of St. John of the Cross Church carry a litter and statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe during the eucharistic celebration held Dec. 13 at the Batesburg-Leesville Recreation Center
Feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe celebrated with devotion

BATESBURG-LEESVILLE—For three days, Hispanics around the Diocese of Charleston showed their love for Our Lady of Guadalupe. From Dec. 11-13, they expressed it through prayer, song, drama, and dance, and by dressing in special costumes and walking in processions. They spent hours cooking traditional foods, running with lighted torches, saying the rosary and attending Masses […]

Bisop Robert E. Guglielmone, Christmas letter, message
Let Christmas joy overcome fear

The Christmas story is certainly filled with feeling and emotion—Mary, Joseph and the Child in the stable setting; with joy—angels singing as they announce the birth to the shepherds; and generous gift giving—the Magi visiting and presenting their gold, frankincense and myrrh. However, there is another element in the story that the Gospels of Luke […]

Norma Guzzardo is pictured with the 2009 Heroes Next Door Award, which she won for volunteer work in Greenville. It was presented to her Nov. 5.
Norma Guzzardo is a hero next door

SIMPSONVILLE—Norma Guzzardo, a member of St. Mary Magdalene Church and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus Council 10819, was one of three recipients of the 2009 Heroes Next Door Award. It was given by Greenville Forward, a city revitalization organization. The award was presented to Guzzardo on Nov. 5 for volunteering her time […]

Men carry a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe at the Diocese of Charleston’s Hispanic Festival, which was held at Our Lady of the Hills Church in Columbia recently
Devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe knows no boundaries

COLUMBIA—It has been nearly 500 years since Our Lady of Guadalupe first appeared to St. Juan Diego, but time has not diminished her power or importance. Father Filemon Juya, vicar for Hispanic ministry, called Mary the key of unity, saying she is not white, black or Hispanic, but a mixture of all races. “She is […]

The daily life of Poor Clare sisters revolves around communal and personal prayer. Here, the sisters pray in the monastery chapel.
The Poor Clares: Prayer, poverty and community

TRAVELERS REST—The Order of Poor Clares are an international community of cloistered nuns dedicated to the task of surrounding the world with prayer. Founded in Italy by St. Francis of Assisi and St. Clare, they number over 20,000 women  throughout 70 countries, 30 of which are in the United States, according to their Web site, […]

Dramatic performances of “Danza Guadalupana,” in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and “El Hijo Prodigo” (The Prodigal Son) highlighted Encuentro Cultural at the Greenwood Community Theater Dec. 5. The performers were from Our Lady of Lourdes Church and other areas
Greenwood Hispanic Catholics perform for local community

GREENWOOD—An evening of drama, music and dance held at the Greenwood Community Theater Dec. 5 was just the beginning of what organizers hope will be a more frequent interaction between the area’s Hispanic community and local arts organizations. The event was coordinated through the Hispanic Development Center, based at Our Lady of Lourdes Church.

Girls use craft supplies to construct outfits as a fun part of a discussion on modesty during the annual Diocese of Charleston high school girls’ retreat. The event was held at Camp Kinard Dec. 4-6
High school girls learn to put joy first, dates later at retreat

BATESBURG-LEESVILLE—Rejoice is a word heard frequently during the holiday season. It appears in hymns, psalms and on the front of Christmas cards. But how many people really know what it means to rejoice and how to accomplish this in daily life? Twenty-five high school girls learned the word’s true meaning at the annual Diocese of […]

Young people provide music and song at a Life Teen Mass held in Garden City recently. The Life Teen program for Catholic youth includes activities, meetings and Masses to help them grow in faith and socialize with Catholics their age
Life Teen program brings youth to Christ through participation

GARDEN CITY—Carrie Dupre was not a Catholic when she started attending Life Teen meetings with friends at St. Michael Church in Garden City about five years ago. Two years later, however, she converted to Catholicism and now this Winthrop University freshman helps lead youth group activities at St. Anne Church in Rock Hill. Dupre, 18, […]

St. Theresa of the Little Flower Church, Summerville, groundbreaking
Summerville parish will add new offices

SUMMERVILLE—St. Theresa of the Little Flower Church held a ground-breaking ceremony Nov. 21 to begin work on a new administrative center that will hold parish offices and a new adoration chapel. Msgr. Edward D. Lofton, pastor, said the structure will allow the parish to use its current building for expanded classroom space and as a […]

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