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Jesuit Father Thomas M. Gillin (Miscellany/File)
Father Thomas Gillin dies at 88

NEW ORLEANS—Jesuit Father Thomas Marion Gillin of the New Orleans Province died Sept. 17 at West Jefferson Hospital. Father Gillin was 88 years old, a Jesuit for 71 years, and a priest for 58. The funeral Mass was Sept. 22 at the Chapel of Our Lady of Wisdom in New Orleans and burial was at […]

Environmental stewardship a natural choice at SJN
Environmental stewardship a natural choice at SJN

COLUMBIA—“Going green” is not just some popular phrase for Marie Bloise. Along with other members of the environmental ministry at St. John Neumann Church, she believes it’s a way of life. For the past three years, Bloise has educated her community about the importance of recycling, anti-pollution efforts, composting and other green topics.

Father Robert H. Fix, former pastor of Our Lady of the Hills Church in Columbia, throws a shovelful of dirt on the future site of the parish’s classroom building. (Miscellany/Christina Lee Knauss)
Our Lady of the Hills begins building new wing

COLUMBIA—Construction is going smoothly on a new classroom building at Our Lady of the Hills Church, the latest installment of an ongoing building project at the growing parish. A ground-breaking and site blessing was held on July 18, led by the former pastor, Father D. Anthony Droze, now at Our Lady Star of the Sea […]

Pam Mackenzie and Mary Sloka talk during a break at the Called and Gifted workshop at Prince of Peace Church recently. (Miscellany/Terry Cregar)
God’s gifts to parishes benefit the whole church

TAYLORS—Seventeen Upstate Catholics took the first step recently toward determining the charisms from God that await them. Joe Waters and Jason Sandoval led a two-day workshop on Called and Gifted at Prince of Peace Church Sept. 17-18.

St. Thérèse of Lisieux, also known as the Little Flower (Wikipedia)
Local chapters celebrate 50 years of Theresians

CHARLESTON—Theresians International are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their founding with a host of activities throughout the year.  Jeanette Whiland, a member of the Theresians of Charleston, said the yearlong celebration will start with a kickoff dinner in Houston, Texas.

Then-Major Patrick Brady, seated in the cockpit, flew many rescue missions in deadly conditions to save the lives of fellow soldiers in Viet Nam. (Photo provided)
General credits God for rescues in Viet Nam

SAN ANTONIO, Texas—Gen. Patrick Henry Brady said it is no coincidence that the day he flew a series of impossible rescue missions to earn the Medal of Honor was also the feast of the Epiphany.  He said he firmly believes it was his Catholic faith that allowed him to see what others could not.

(Miscellany/Christina Lee Knauss) Bob Dickson looks at the dates on a gravestone at the St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery in Sumter recently. He is a regular volunteer in the efforts to restore the campus.
St. Lawrence Cemetery undergoes restoration

SUMTER—St. Lawrence Cemetery, a quiet resting place for generations of Catholics, lies behind an arched iron gate off Oakland Avenue.  Even though it’s been open since the early 1900s, many people don’t even know the place exists.

Miscellany/Deirdre C. Mays
Angels are among us

At least one aspect of religion that has been completely embraced by the secular world is angels — and demons.

The University of South Carolina recently purchased an English pocket Bible, which is approximately 750 years old.
USC acquires medieval pocket Bible

COLUMBIA—Just months after it opened its Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library, the University of South Carolina has acquired a rare medieval Bible, the first complete piece of its kind in the state. Small enough for monks and friars to tote around, the new Bible is rare because it was written in Oxford, England, around […]

Paul Jarzembowski, executive director of the National Young Catholic Adult Ministry Association, leads a workshop at St. Peter Church Sept. 11. (Miscellany/Christina Lee Knauss)
Shedding stereotypes in youth ministry

COLUMBIA—Reaching young adults spiritually is a huge challenge because they are so varied in age and life experience. Paul Jarzembowski, executive director of the National Young Catholic Adult Ministry Association, led a workshop on “The Nuts & Bolts of Young Adult Ministry: Connecting the Church and Young Adults,” Sept. 11 at St. Peter Church. The […]

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