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The Be Not Afraid program offers help for couples with devastating prenatal diagnoses
Help after a devastating prenatal diagnoses

DIOCESE—Be Not Afraid supporters want parents to understand that life is always a wonderful option, even in the face of certain death. The group was founded to help parents who have received heartbreaking news about their unborn child and are forced to make life and death decisions.

Carolyn Cleckley bags canned goods recently at the food pantry of Our Lady of the Valley Outreach Center in Gloverville. (Miscellany/Christina Lee Knauss)
Volunteer honors late husband by helping the poor

GLOVERVILLE—Carolyn Cleckley begins every morning with a simple prayer. “I say, ‘Lord, this is a new day and whatever you have in store for me, I’ll do to the best of my ability,’” she said in a recent interview. Members of the community around Our Lady of the Valley Church will tell you the 79-year-old […]

Sister Carol Keehan, DC, presents “21st Century Health Care Challenges and Catholic Hospitals” at the 11th annual Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Lecture Oct. 7 in Columbia. (Miscellany/Christina Lee Knauss)
Health care the highlight of annual Bernardin lectures

COLUMBIA—The ethical challenges facing Catholic health care providers were the focus of the 11th annual Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Lecture, held at the University of South Carolina on Oct. 7. Sister Carol Keehan, CEO and president of the Catholic Health Association of the United States, presented a lecture on “21st Century Health Care Challenges and Catholic […]

Sebastien Lepoutre holds a sculpture that was handcrafted by artisans in Cumbayá, Ecuador. The Bishop England High School graduate founded Hands on Earth, a fair-trade company that sells Ecuadorian goods to aid poor communities.
How to make the church’s mission a personal one

Oct. 24 is World Mission Sunday, a day for all Catholics to remember that Jesus reminded us not to shield our hearts or our eyes from the poor. Someone with a clear vision of the Lord’s call to mission is Sebastien Lepoutre, a 1986 graduate of Bishop England High School.

Pet blessing
Animals can help bring us closer to God’s love

The Good Lord certainly knows that people love their pets. Their devotion is especially evident each year around the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi when creatures large and small are brought forth for the annual blessing of the animals. The Church of the Nativity on James Island was just one of many to […]

Pro-life couple, marriage
The Cummings march through life side by side

COLUMBIA—The proof that there is strength in numbers and power in prayer can be found in the marriage of Roosevelt and Virginia Cummings. For the past 23 years, he’s participated in the March for Life in Columbia, and for many of those he helped lead the procession from the Russell House to the State House […]

Msgr. Harris receives papal honor for service
Msgr. Harris honored for his service

COLUMBIA—Msgr. Richard D. Harris received a papal honor at solemn vespers held Oct. 3 at St. Joseph Church, where he is pastor. Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone led the service attended by an estimated 500 people. Pope Benedict XVI named Msgr. Harris a prelate of honor on Aug. 11. He now has the title “Reverend Monsignor.”

Doctor charged for pointing gun during vigil

CHARLESTON—A recent pro-life demonstration was marred by the threat of violence when a doctor pulled a gun on demonstrators. Dr. Gary Boyle, from Blountville, Tenn., had driven into the parking lot at Charleston Women’s Medical Clinic on Ashley River Road Oct. 2 when he was approached by three protestors.

Sacred Heart Church in Abbeville, 125th anniversary
Sacred Heart: 125 years for a small church with big heart

ABBEVILLE —For 125 years, Sacred Heart Church has been the spiritual home for Catholics in the small town of Abbeville. Parishioners praise the quiet beauty of the white neo-Gothic church, located at the corner of Main and East Pinckney streets, and the family atmosphere that has developed over the years.

Respect life means to love without measure

COLUMBIA—The most effective way to teach the pro-life message, especially in a hostile culture, is to focus on God’s love and how it can transform lives. That was the core message of “Love Without Measure,” the annual diocesan Respect Life Workshop held Sept. 25 at St. John Neumann School.

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