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Father Okere thrives on 25 years of serving the people

COLUMBIA—Father Michael Okere thrives on getting to know the people in the pews. After Palm Sunday Mass at St. Martin de Porres Church, he spent time greeting newcomers and ac­knowledging milestone birthdays. He stood in the narthex for more than 30 minutes talking with pa­rishioners and visitors: a group of students and a family from […]


Make room in the pew and help others figure out how to belong

Carpooling parents, I salute you. Your job is harder than it looks. Last week my friend Theresa asked me to pick up her daughter, Sydney, from kindergarten. “It’s kind of confusing though,” Theresa began. Confusing? How con­fusing could it be to retrieve a child from school? I half listened to her instructions while I clicked […]


Catholic leaders reflect on life, work of EWTN founder Mother Angelica

WASHINGTON—Mother Angelica “reflected the Gospel commission to go forth and make disciples of all nations” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference. “Like the best evangelists, she used the communications tools of her time to make this happen. She displayed a unique capacity for mission and showed the […]


Protect needs of poor, refugees, pope tells students at model U.N.

VATICAN CITY—Addressing the needs and challenges of the poor and of refugees is a commitment not only for Christians but for all men and women, Pope Francis told university students. Protecting the rights and dignity of each member of the human family is a calling “we have inside us; some­thing we carry inside us as […]


Church meets state during Catholic Day at the Capitol

COLUMBIA—It was a day to combine faith with political action when people flocked to the second annual Catholic Day at the Capitol on March 9 sponsored by the South Carolina Catholic Conference. The event drew 175 people who met under a tent outside the Solomon Blatt Building. They enjoyed a ca­tered breakfast, listened to presenta­tions […]


Strathern earns spot in state geography bee

ANDERSON—Luciana Strathern, an eighth-grade student at St. Joseph School, was named as a semifinalist in the 2016 South Carolina National Geographic State Bee to be held April 1 in Columbia. She is the daughter of Dr. David and Kari Strathern. This is the ninth year in a row that a St. Joseph student has qualified […]


Hoop stars in the diocese

The Diocese of Charleston’s annual Youth Basketball Tournament drew 49 teams to compete for top honors, said Laurie Ulmer, athletic director at St. Mary Help of Christians School and tournament organizer. Here are the winners of the competition: Senior Girls Champions (pictured): St. Mary – Greenville defeated Christ Our King/Haring – Mount Pleasant, 46-21 Silver Division: […]


Pro-life activists win right to protest

CHARLESTON—The free speech rights of pro-life advocates in the Charleston area earned a positive boost recently. Charleston city attorneys agreed that pro-life activists with 40 Days for Life, Side­walk Advocates for Life and other groups have the right to pass out leaflets and other information to motorists on a public right-of-way in front of the […]


Franciscans featured in exhibit at Anderson museum

ANDERSON—Two passions in Mary Koziar’s life — Catholicism and his­tory — came together last summer, and she couldn’t be happier with the outcome. In January, the Anderson County Museum opened an exhibition that traces the history of the Franciscan Order in the county, and halfway through a five-month run, it has been well received by […]


Knights raise funds for Holy Trinity School

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH—Knights of Columbus Council 7122 presented a check for $2,000 to Sheila Durante, principal of Holy Trinity School, at the morning Mass. The Knights raise funds for the school each year through their annual Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance and are thankful for the response from the parish and community in making the event […]


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    May 246:00 pm Baccalaureate Mass
    From the Calendar of Bishop England Charleston
    6:30 pm PTO Mtg./Awards/Art Show
    From the Calendar of St. Michael School Murrells Inlet
    7:00 pm Grades 7-8 Class Night
    From the Calendar of St. Mary School Greenville
    May 25 Senior Awards Ceremony-Seniors dismissed following ceremony
    From the Calendar of Bishop England Charleston
    Field Day
    From the Calendar of St. Martin de Porres School Columbia
    Field Day Lower School
    From the Calendar of St. Anne School Rock Hill
    Last day for K4 & K5
    From the Calendar of Charleston Catholic School
    Field day- day
    From the Calendar of Holy Trinity North Myrtle Beach
    End of quarter 4
    From the Calendar of Holy Trinity North Myrtle Beach
    K4 Last Day
    From the Calendar of Prince of Peace School Taylors
    9:00 am Graduation Mass
    From the Calendar of Our Lady of the Rosary Greenville
    9:30 am GRADE 8 GRADUATION
    From the Calendar of St. Mary School Greenville
    6:00 pm Middle School Dance
    From the Calendar of St. Michael School Murrells Inlet
    7:00 pm Graduation Dance/Class Night
    From the Calendar of Our Lady of the Rosary Greenville
    May 26 End of Quarter 4 and Semester 2
    From the Calendar of Cardinal Newman School
    Graduation
    From the Calendar of John Paul II Ridgeland
    Snow Day #1- No school unless needed for make up day
    From the Calendar of Prince of Peace School Taylors
    10:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    May 27 8th grade graduation
    From the Calendar of Holy Trinity North Myrtle Beach
    12:00 am Mission trip to Guatemala
    From the Calendar of Bishop's Office