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Priest and principal from Aiken co-write children’s book

AIKEN—In late 2008, a parishioner made a donation to St. Mary Help of Christians School in Aiken, specifying only that the money be used to purchase a book on vocations for the school library. Principal Peggy Wertz looked everywhere and couldn’t find one. “There would be things for high school students, college age people or […]

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SpiritualiTea in Charleston leads to a mission trip in India

INDIA—The state of Orissa is a place full of contrasts. It is rich with natural resources and yet home to 40 million of the poorest people in the country. The scenic landscape dramatically changes from 600 miles of coastal plains to lush mountain peaks. However, driving from one town to another requires an all-terrain jeep, […]

Atlanta Conference for Divine Mercy is set for Feb. 15

JONESBORO, Ga.—The Atlanta Conference for Divine Mercy will be Feb. 15 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at St. Philip Benizi Church, 591 Flint River Road in Jonesboro, Ga. The theme is “It is the Lord!” The conference will be a day of intense learning and resources for clergy and lay leaders, according to a […]

Feb. 27-28 conference on healing after divorce

ATLANTA—Divorced and separated Catholics can learn about healing, living the Catholic faith and navigating life after divorce at the Journey of Hope Conference 2010, which will be Feb. 27-28 in Atlanta. Conference workshops will provide information, facilitate discussion and help attendees apply what they have learned, according to a press release. Workshop topics include annulments, […]

Taking your New Year’s resolutions to God, one small step at a time

Making New Year’s resolutions is easy enough, it’s keeping them that is tricky. But it is possible, especially with a little help, or maybe a lot of help, from God. As it states in Corinthians, the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and should be maintained for Christ, so look to the Lord […]

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Diocese of Charleston accepting donations for Haiti

CHARLESTON—The Diocese of Charleston will take up a special collection this weekend to assist the people of Haiti after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit 10 miles southwest of Port-au-Prince on Jan. 12. “Our church mourns the terrible suffering of our brothers and sisters in Haiti,” Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone wrote in a memo to pastors.  […]

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Encourage youth to consider religious life as a vocation

SOUTH CAROLINA—Finding a man or woman called to religious life has been compared to discovering a piece of gold glinting in the dark. It is not an easy task; not for those searching for priests and religious women, or for those trying to discern a call. Attempts to encourage vocations are being made on all […]

Caleb Smith, 12, performs in lead role of fundraising opera

TAYLORS—Caleb Smith finds joy in sharing his faith through song. The seventh-grader at Prince of Peace School played the title role in “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” the holiday opera by Gian Carlo Menotti, at Triune Mercy Center in Greenville Dec. 12-13. The performances were fundraisers for the center, which offers worship services, a soup […]

Former Charleston Catholic principal to head foundation board

COLUMBIA—Yvonne Orr, former principal of Charleston Catholic School, is the new chair of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina board of directors for 2010. The other members are Mike McCabe, vice chair; Dee Dee Chewning, secretary; and Thomas Otis, treasurer.

Father Trapp didn’t win a million, but showed the nation a real priest

GARDEN CITY—Father Andrew Trapp may not have won the $1 million prize on a poker game show, but he succeeded in shining a national media spotlight on a priest from St. Michael Church in Garden City. On Dec. 27, 2009, over 200 members of St. Michael met in the parish center to view the final […]

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