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S.C. education committee to vote on school choice May 13

It is not too late to act, and a spokes­man for the Diocese of Charles­ton encouraged supporters to call their senators and urge them to vote in favor of the bill. “Time is relatively short,” said Stephen Gajdosik, diocesan media relations officer. Gajd­o­sik, serving as legislative affairs liaison for the diocese, appeared before the state […]

McCormick mission uses comedy to help build a new church

McCORMICK — Good Shepherd Mission is well on its way to replacing its 83-year-old church building with some comic relief. The parish launched a capital campaign in the fall of 2006 and has raised more than $579,000; of which $3,100 came from three comedy shows in three years, according to a press release. Eric Hunter, […]

Bishop thanks principals for service, encourages spiritual formation

CHARLESTON — Catholic school principals were honored with a Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist April 29. Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone, who celebrated the liturgy and delivered the homily, welcomed the group and praised them for the vital mission of educating children across the Diocese of Charleston, not just in academics, but […]

St. Francis Xavier students learn about faith-filled environmental protection

SUMTER — Students from St. Francis Xavier High School celebrated Earth Week with a unique retreat to the coast April 6-8. The entire student body traveled to St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center on Seabrook Island, where they slogged through marshes, studied fish on the beach and got tangled in ropes courses. The retreat theme […]

Keeping up with Frank Ventre requires taking 100 years in stride

By Obie Schramm/Special to The Catholic Miscellany HILTON HEAD — In this day and age, reaching the milestone of a 100th birthday is not  unusual. What is out of the ordinary is when an active 100-year-old man greets you at his front door in a bright golf shirt and tennis shorts, full of energy after […]

Fifty years and one Hail Mary is priest’s formula for success

GARDEN CITY — During his 50 years as a priest, Father Edmund McCaffrey served as abbot at Belmont Abbey in North Carolina and founded an organization to support men and women religious. He has worked tirelessly for the pro-life cause and served with church luminaries such as the late Blessed Teresa of Calcutta and Archbishop […]

Jesus Our Risen Savior gives back

SPARTANBURG — Jesus, Our Risen Savior Church is celebrating its 30 year anniversary with events focused on the theme, “His Grace — Our Gratitude.” Throughout the year parishioners are participating in activities such as an international festival, a youth talent show, mission week, and a fellowship wine and cheese party. The Social Awareness Ministry collected […]

LARCUM Spring Conference tackles challenges to ecumenism

CHARLESTON — Lasallian Brother Jeffrey Gros greeted a small but intense group of ecumenical leaders at St. Christopher Conference Center with a brief history on ecumenism. He noted, however, that they were not there to look back but to move forward. The purpose of the 2009 Bishops’ Dialogue and LARCUM Spring Conference “Moving Beyond Isolation: […]

Cardinal Newman students attend Model U.N. session

CHARLESTON — A group of students from Cardinal Newman School in Columbia received a first-hand lesson on what it means to be part of the global community when they attended the Model U.N. Conference in New York. Jacquie Kasprowski, principal, said 10 juniors and seniors were chosen to participate as representatives from Kenya in East […]

National speaker says stem cell science, research need ethics

CLEMSON — There are plenty of success stories concerning the use of non-embryonic stem cells in the treatment of debilitating diseases. But most of that information is being ignored by this country’s major news media, according to a Catholic priest who has been studying and commenting on the issue for years. Instead, Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk […]

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