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2009

You are not alone: help, peace, forgiveness

Anyone dealing with guilt and depression after an abortion may find spiritual comfort at a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat. Rachel’s Vineyard grew out of therapeutic support groups created for women dealing with post-abortion stress. The groups were started in 1986 by Dr. Theresa Karminski Burke, a family practice physician in Florida. She later helped develop a […]


Psychiatrist links mental health disorders to abortion

Dr. Martha Shuping, a psychiatrist based in North Carolina, has spent years helping  women deal with mental health issues following abortions. Since 2005, she has also trained people in the Diocese of Charleston to lead Rachel’s Vineyard retreats on healing for post-abortive women. She will speak at a retreat Feb. 6-8 in Rock Hill (see […]


Catholic family uses cord blood treatments for injured son

COLUMBIA —  For the past two years, the Snow family  has looked to a new and promising source of treatment for their son’s neurological problems: stem cells found in donated umbilical cord blood. Michael, 8, suffers from disabilities caused by a brain injury that happened during his delivery. During a breach birth in a Connecticut […]


Faith, laughter key for Catholic families with many children

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s report, “America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2007,” the average number of children being raised by married couples is 1.9. That seems like a very small number. It isn’t even two whole children. The fact is, most families have two children, and they look at couples with five and think […]


Our Lady Star of the Sea plans to open new school this year

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH — Our Lady Star of the Sea will open a new school at the start of the 2009-10 school year and is searching for a principal to lead it, according to Father Robert Higgins, church administrator. Sister Julia Hutchison, superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Charleston, said the parish has wanted […]


OLM outreach hopes to weather oncoming economic storm

On Sept. 11, 1989, Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach opened its doors on John’s Island. Several local people visited the center to request food and financial support for their families. A few weeks later, the area faced the devastating effects of Hurricane Hugo. People were desperate for the basic necessities of life, and the […]


Postcards are available to urge Congress to vote against FOCA

CHARLESTON — In November 2008, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted unanimously to mobilize their resources, dioceses and the entire Catholic community to retain current pro-life laws and policies. They also took a stand to oppose the federal funding and promotion of abortion, including the so-called “Freedom of Choice Act,” or any similar pro-abortion […]


Barbara Cole receives distinguished principal award

COLUMBIA — Barbara Cole, principal of St. John Neumann School, won the Dr. Robert J. Kealey Distinguished Principal Award for the South Atlantic region. Cole found out about the honor during a surprise ceremony held Dec. 15 at the school. Sister Julia Hutchinson, superintendent of education for the Diocese of Charleston, presented it in front […]


Cathedral steeple under way, Mepkin production shut down

As we move into a new year, The Catholic Miscellany takes a look back at the stories that made the news in 2008. Below is a sampling of some of our top stories: Mepkin under siege The first big story of 2008 for South Carolina Catholics was the announcement that the monks of Mepkin Abbey […]


Sisters of St. Mary of Namur share the Word of God in daily life

Editor’s Note: This is the third profile in a series on religious orders serving in the Diocese of Charleston. The Sisters of St. Mary of Namur are an international congregation based in Belgium, which is where the general motherhouse is located. They have a large presence in Rwanda, Congo, Cameroon and Brazil, and missionary sisters […]


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