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Eleven men help put diocese in good stead for the future

The seminarians for the Diocese of  Charleston just spent a week together on retreat. There are 11 of them this year. Father Jeffrey F. Kirby, vicar for vocations, said that may not sound like a lot, but compared to national statistics, it is phenomenal. The diocese only has about 196,000 Catholics, and many of them […]

Two Cardinal Newman students hope to use new skills on the volleyball court

COLUMBIA—Two volleyball players from Cardinal Newman School took their sport to the next level in July at a program that helps prepare young players who might eventually try out for the U.S. Olympic team. Claire Edwards, 14, and Kendall Watson, 13, were in Des Moines, Iowa, July 18-29 for USA  Volleyball’s High Performance summer session: […]

Human trafficking – one of the fastest growing illegal industries in the world

The year is 2012 and slavery is alive and thriving. It goes by a different name now. Called human trafficking, it’s the moving of people across borders for the purpose of forced prostitution and forced labor. But whatever the name, the outcome is the same: One group of humans exploited by another. Although it’s relatively […]

Sister Nancy Hendershot marks 50 years as a Sister of Charity

BY KATHLEEN BELINGA | SPECIAL TO THE MISCELLANY COLUMBIA—1955, a vague yearning for something more seized 17-year-old Nancy Hendershotof Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. She knew she wanted to be closer to God, but at her family’s request she obtained her college degree before entering religious life. In 1962, after three years of teaching, she entered a […]

Archives exhibits papal bull that established diocese

CHARLESTON—The Diocese of Charleston is rolling up to its bicentennial celebration — turning 200 on July 20, 2020. As part of a planned display, the archives department decided to track down the original papal bull that established the diocese and appointed John England as bishop. That piece of vellum proved elusive, but they did find […]

Deacon Gerald Grismore of Stella Maris Church dies at 68

MOUNT PLEASANT—Deacon Gerald “Jerry” Wayne Grismore, a deacon for 23 years, died July 7 at the Medical University of South Carolina Hospital. He was 68. The Mass of Christian Burial was held at Stella Maris Church on Sullivan’s Island on July 13 and burial was in St. Lawrence Cemetery in Charleston. Deacon Grismore was born […]

Sometimes seminary reveals a different vocation

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH—Not every man who goes to seminary ends up becoming a priest. That simple fact might not occur to people when they think about vocations. Some men who begin studies at seminary end up leaving and choosing another path in life. That  doesn’t mean they made the wrong choice; God simply had other […]

Cutting through the silence, volunteer brings signing to Mass

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH—Deaf and hearing-impaired Catholics are used to attending Mass in utter silence — no music, no homily, no words of the consecration. But a few sign-language interpreters such as Dorothy Bambach of North Myrtle Beach offer these men and women a way to participate more fully. She signs at the 10 a.m. Mass […]

Take home an item from the St. Francis Thrift Shop and give back to the community

HILTON HEAD—St. Francis Thrift Shop offered help and hope to groups that serve the disabled, senior citizens, the families of wounded service men and women, and many others at its annual grants reception held July 17. It gave out $60,000 to 32 non-profits from the Hilton Head-Bluffton area, said Thom Hill, chairman of the thrift […]

Sister Catherine Marie is new leader of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Center

GLOVERVILLE—Daughters of Charity Sister Catherine Marie Lowe is the new director of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Center, which provides many services to needy people in the Horse Creek Valley section of Aiken County. She succeeds Sister Mary Jean Doyle, who is moving to Washington, D.C., to begin a new assignment. Another Daughter of […]

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