Missionary Oblate Father John Leddy dies at 91
BELLEVILLE, Ill.—Father John J. Leddy, OMI, died Dec. 1 at the Dammert Center after a lengthy illness. He was 91. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Dec. 11. He was interred at the Oblate cemetery at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Residence and Infirmary.
Bishop Guglielmone makes official appointments
CHARLESTON—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone has made the following appointments: Franciscan Father Khoa Nguyen, Vietnamese ministry of the Diocese of Charleston, with particular attention to Our Lady of the Rosary and St. Anthony of Padua Churches, Greenville, effective July 1. Father Paul D. MacNeil, parochial vicar, St. Gregory the Great Church, Bluffton, effective Oct. 8.
History study led to Deacon Ballard’s ordination
GREENVILLE—Richard Ballard was a Lutheran pastor for more than 20 years before he realized that the Catholic Church was his true spiritual home. He came into the church at Easter in 2006 and is now a permanent deacon.
Forgiveness isn’t easy, but it’s necessary
MYRTLE BEACH—Forgiveness requires a decision by the forgiver that may need to be made over and over again. It is a gift that starts with a change of heart, and the willingness to see those who hurt others in the light of their humanity, and not from an individual’s need for retribution.
Heredia made acolyte Dec. 8
WESTON, Mass.—Javier Heredia, a seminarian for the Diocese of Charleston, S.C., was instituted as an acolyte Dec. 8 at Blessed John XXIII Seminary.
Area’s first African-American priest dies
MONCKS CORNER—Trappist Father Leonard Aloysius Cunningham, the first African-American from Charleston to be ordained a priest, died Dec. 5 at his Mepkin Abbey home. He was 87. A Mass of Christian burial was held Dec. 9 at the abbey church and burial was in the Mepkin cemetery.
Franciscan Sister Kathleen Carroll dies at age 83
ASTON, Pa.—Sister Kathleen Frances Carroll, OSF, formerly Sister M. Brian, died in Assisi House on Dec. 5. She was 83 and had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 58 years.