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SCCCW installs Szymanksi as new Midlands president

By PAUL A. BARRA CHAPIN – Monica O. Szymanski, mother and an active member of the faith community of Our Lady of the Lake, has been elected president of the Columbia Deanery of the South Carolina Council of Catholic Women. She has served the SCCCW in various capacities since moving with her family to South […]

‘Enthusiasm’ translated into Spanish

CHARLESTON – Experiencing “Enthusiasm for the Faith” will be a more natural process for Spanish-speaking Catholics in the Diocese of Charleston now that the Synod Implementation document has been reprinted in that language. Sister Susan Schorsten, director of Social Ministries, said that there are approximately 30,000 residents in South Carolina who are of Hispanic origin […]

First cluster liturgy may be a prelude to the future

RICHBURG – Pentecost is a major celebration for Catholics in Chester and Lancaster counties every year, but the 1997 liturgy was special even so. More than 400 parishioners of St. Michael in Great Falls, St. Joseph in Chester and St. Catherine in Lancaster met together to worship as a cluster. Parish representatives from clusters have […]

School profile: Building community at St. Anne School

By KATHY WINDSOR ROCK HILL — Ask any parent at St. Anne School in Rock Hill and they will tell you it’s not just great religious training and academics that makes the school special. Students get a course in the Christian community 101. Since its beginnings in the early 1950s, St. Anne School has nurtured […]

Secretaries general stop in diocese while touring south

CHARLESTON – Secretaries general from eight countries visited the see city of the Diocese of Charleston last weekend for a working session of sharing and coordinating. They took the opportunity while here to “celebrate the universality of the Church.” Each country has an episcopal conference, according to Msgr. Dennis Schnurr, secretary general of the United […]

Sister Rosemary Boyd retires after a 44-year career

AIKEN – After 24 years as the principal of St. Mary Help of Christians School, Sister Rosemary Boyd is retiring at the end of this academic year. The people who know her best are not happy about it. Cathy Green, school secretary for the past eight years and a former Parent/Teacher Organization president, Donna T. […]

Catholics at LARCUM discuss race relations

WHITE OAK — Before the bishops of LARCUM signed their joint statement on May 13 confessing to racism in their churches (see main story), each of the four denominations represented broke out into groups to discuss their particular situations and to come up with potential solutions. The groups also talked about their denomination’s successes and […]

Bishops confess sins of racism at dialogue

WHITE OAK, S.C. — The Lutheran, Anglican, Roman Catholic and United Methodist (LARCUM) bishops in South Carolina issued a statement today confessing guilt and seeking forgiveness for the sins of racism following a two-day dialogue on race relations. The bishops, whose memberships total 466,684 in the state, also announced that their annual service for Christian […]

Blindness has forever changed the physical and spiritual life of Father Maher

JAMES ISLAND – Imagine the trauma of waking up to darkness one morning after nearly 40 years in active church ministry, to discover that the pain you thought was sinusitis was really a disease that has suddenly taken away your sight. That is precisely what happened to Father Joseph G. Maher. At age 65, he […]

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