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Bishop reminds us to count our blessings at Thanksgiving

Each year as we come to the close of the Church year and anticipate the Advent season in which we are asked to prepare for the coming of Christ — both commemorating his birth 2,000 years ago and looking toward his coming again at the end of time — we find ourselves celebrating this absolutely […]

Sisters of Charity Foundation turns 15

COLUMBIA—The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, celebrates 15 years in philanthropy this fall. “The work of this foundation has been inspiring, rewarding and challenging,” said Tom Keith, president. “We have learned a lot about ourselves and the communities we serve. While we have adapted […]

Archbishop-emeritus John F. Donoghue dies at age 83

ATLANTA—Archbishop-emeritus John Francis Donoghue of the Archdiocese of Atlanta died Nov. 11 at the age of 83. He was the fifth archbishop of the province serving from Aug. 19, 1993, until Dec. 9, 2004, when Pope John Paul II accepted his retirement.

Sisters discuss hospitality at annual conference
Women religious work to welcome the stranger

MYRTLE BEACH—More than 70 women religious spent Oct. 28-30 reflecting on Christian hospitality and how it relates to their lives. The seventh annual Collaboration for Ministry Initiative Statewide Seminar for Women Religious focused on “Opening Doors: Embracing Our Brothers and Sisters.”

Father Vaverek blesses the Pearlie Harris Center
Bon Secours Hospital in Greenville dedicates center to Pearlie Harris

GREENVILLE—Bon Secours St. Francis Health System opened the Pearlie Harris Center for Breast Health on Oct. 28.The center was named after Harris, a member of St. Mary Church, at the request of an anonymous donor. She is the first African American chair of Bon Secours St. Francis Health System.“I pray that God will continue to […]

National Catholic educators met in Charleston
Educators told to use modern technology for today’s kids

CHARLESTON—The gauntlet was thrown down to Catholic educators at their annual conference held in Charleston recently. They were told in no uncertain terms that times have changed and it is time to change with them. Called “Awakening Possibilities,” the meeting of the 2011 National Catholic Education Association Chief Administrators of Catholic Education was an eye-opening […]

Bishop Guglielmone talks to St. Peter School students
Live to become saints, bishop says

COLUMBIA—A cold, clear autumn morning offered a solemn chance to honor the dead as Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone celebrated his annual All Souls’ Day Mass Nov. 2 at St. Patrick Cemetery in Columbia.

Forgiveness is making a choice not to hurt back

CHARLESTON—Forgiveness is not the absence of anger.It isn’t a feeling of peace, either. Rather it’s making a choice to refrain from retaliating in any way against the person who caused the hurt and anger, said Father Scott Hurd. And people can make the choice to forgive even if they’re angry.

Cardinal Bernardin
Fifteen years after his death, Cardinal Bernardin’s legacy is still discussed

COLUMBIA—Cardinal Joseph Bernardin became one of the most prominent Catholic leaders in recent memory. Since his death in 1996, his ideas and legacy continue to be cause for debate and reflection, and their relevance in today’s world was the focus of two events held in his hometown of Columbia recently. On Nov. 2, Washington Post […]

Friar urges priests to keep Jesus’ mission in mind at annual retreat

HENDERSONVILLE, NC—Modern Catholic priests struggling to define their role in the church must incorporate traditional functions in a holistic approach to leadership, according to Father Bert Ebben, a Dominican friar. Father Ebben delivered his thoughts about the role of the modern priest to an audience of about 60 men during the annual Diocesan Priests Retreat, […]

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