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Getting adjusted, cheap books, and finding your class

The first year of college is a major transition period. There are so many new responsibilities and opportunities, it can be seriously overwhelming. But it’s also a lot of fun.Susan Kattwinkel, director of the First-Year Experience at the College of Charleston, said they have reams of information to help students adjust.Check out her top suggestions, […]

Sharpen your pencils, it’s time to hit the books

The uniform is on, lunch is packed, the backpack is full and the carpool lane is moving. Whether they’re happy about it or not, it’s time for kids to hit the books.And now that school has officially begun, proud parents of first-time students may have some learning to do, too. It’s never too early to […]

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Group calls upon St. Monica to bring loved ones back into the church

GREENVILLE—St. Monica is revered for her patience and perseverance as she prayed for 17 years for her son’s return to the Catholic Church. It might be a centuries-old story, but to Carole Harris of Greer, the example set by St. Monica in the fourth century is still relevant today.Harris is a member of the Sodality […]

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Young swimmers post top times in summer competitions

PAWLEYS ISLAND, SIMPSONVILLE—Two young swimmers have made a serious splash this summer. Patrick Sullivan, 12, of Pawleys Island, won big in the 11-12 boys division at the South Carolina Swimming Long Course State Championship in late July at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Katrina Konopka, 14, of Simpsonville, was victorious at the YMCA […]

Father John Sorce dies at age 86

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif.—Father John Joseph Sorce, one of the founding monks of Our Lady of Mepkin Abbey in Moncks Corner, S.C., died on July 30 in Pebble Beach. He was 86. Father Sorce was buried at San Carlos Cemetery in Monterey on Aug. 3. Bishop Richard J. Garcia of the Diocese of Sacramento officiated.Born Dec. […]

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Charitable group to raise funds for Baghdad hospital

A new organization is giving people the opportunity to help Catholics who worship in Eastern Rite churches overseas.SC3 is a chapter of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, a papal agency dedicated to humanitarian and pastoral support for the church in the Middle East, northeast Africa, Eastern Europe and India.

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Seminarians return to their studies with three new vocations

The Diocese of Charleston has 12 seminarians this year with two scheduled to be ordained over the next year.Pending the endorsement of the seminaries, Deacon Filip Wodecki will be ordained in December and Deacon Mark Good in June, according to Father F. Jeffrey Kirby, vicar for vocations.

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High school ministries keep teens on the true path

Campus ministry is well-known at colleges and universities, but youth leaders say it is equally important at the high school and middle school levels.That is the age when youth start down the path to independence and find all sorts of interests that distract them from the Lord’s light.

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Four new principals join diocesan schools

Four schools in the Diocese of Charleston have new principals at the helm this year: Our Lady of Peace in North Augusta, St. Peter in Beaufort, St. Michael in Garden City and St. Francis on Hilton Head Island.

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Catholic campus ministry makes a difference

ROCK HILL—The college years are crucial for developing the next generation of energized, informed Catholics.That can only happen through a combination of good liturgy, exposure to the sacraments, education and a commitment to community and service, according to Father Jim Bacik, a nationally known theologian and campus minister.

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