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Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina elects officers for 2017

COLUMBIA—The 2017 board of trustees’ officers for the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina includes: Gerald Smalls, chair; Karen Smith, vice-chair; Lisa Bernardin, secretary; and Andy Folsom, treasurer. Gerald Smalls, chair, received a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from South Carolina State University, a Master of Business Administration from Clark Atlanta University, a […]

Year in review: Looking back on 2016

2016 was a year for the record books. A number of tragic shootings rocked the nation, including a hate crime at a gay club in Orlando, Fla., that left 49 dead and 53 wounded. There was also a spate of shootings involving unarmed black men, followed by retaliatory attacks on police officers that led religious […]

Pro-life groups set to travel long distances for annual March for Life

WASHINGTON—Participants in the annual March for Life always have two identical memories: the brisk January chill on the streets of the nation’s capital, and the long bus ride. For some, such as the 600 marchers affiliated with the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota, the march will be a culmination of successful organizing and […]

New Year calls for courage, hope; no more hatred

VATICAN CITY—Whether the new year will be good or not depends on us choosing to do good each day, Pope Francis said. “That is how one builds peace, saying ‘no’  to hatred and violence — with action — and ‘yes’ to fraternity and reconciliation,” he said Jan. 1, which the church marks as the feast […]

God giving Jesus to the world is the real gift of Christmas, pope says

VATICAN CITY—While exchanging gifts for Christmas is a beautiful tradition, Pope Francis said, do not forget the one and only real gift people will ever receive is God’s gift to humanity — his son, Jesus Christ. Also be sure to thank God for the gift of employment and pray for all those who are jobless […]

Promotion, celebration of V Encuentro to begin in the diocese in January

SOUTH CAROLINA—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone announced that the national V Encuentro will be celebrated and promoted in the Diocese of Charleston beginning in January. The four-year process of ecclesial reflection and action invites all Catholics to intense missionary activity, leadership development, and identification of the best ministerial practices. The ultimate goal is to discern ways […]

Sister Rose Ann Born, teacher, dies at age 90

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Sister Rose Ann Born, OSU, also known as Sister Judith, died at Sacred Heart Home on Nov. 28. She was 90. A Vigil Service was held Dec. 1 at the Ursuline Motherhouse and the Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Dec. 2 in the Motherhouse Chapel, followed by burial in St. Michael Cemetery. […]

USCCB president urges Catholics to give gift of themselves in New Year

  WASHINGTON (CNS) — In his message for Christmas, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, encouraged Catholics to visit the manger this Christmas and reflect on how to give of themselves in the New Year. “My brothers and sisters in Christ, like the Magi and the shepherds […]

Knights help Vasquez raise funds for double lung transplant

ROCK HILL – Grand Knight Joe Geraci of St. Anne’s Oratory Council 6756 presents Nicole Vasquez, a St. Anne parishioner, with a $3,016 check recently. The 17-year-old needs a double lung transplant and the family must raise $50,000 before she can be placed on the transplant list. The money was raised at a council pancake […]

Bishop Guglielmone’s Christmas message: The greatest gift of all

As trees are decorated, wreaths are hung, houses glisten with lights and the familiar sounds of seasonal music fill the air, it is important to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. Just a look around stores and neighborhoods will reveal a focus on retail, decorations and finding the ideal present. But amidst the toys, […]

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