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Rosary altar society hosts breakfast

COLUMBIA—The rosary altar society from St. Martin de Porres Church held its prayer breakfast on June 4 at the Hilton Garden Inn. Father Marcin Zahuta, pastor of St. Thomas More Church at the University of South Carolina, spoke on the theme “Rock of Mercy”. Each attendee also wrote a prayer and placed it in the […]


What’s up there on your family tree?

My cousin Pat has a long-standing addiction to Ancestry.com. At a dinner the evening before my mother’s funeral, she announced that we have a family connection to Millard Fillmore. Frankly, I knew little about him except that he was one of the portraits on a U.S. Presidents puzzle we had when I was still wearing […]


Deacon reminds his friends and family that they, too, are called to serve

CHARLESTON—Kathleen Fryml struggled to express the joy she felt as she watched her son Andrew’s ordination to the transitional diaconate. Though in the end, she didn’t need to say anything at all. “She never cries, not even on our wedding day,” said her husband, Jady. He sat beside his wife as she attempted to control […]


Samuel Pierce shares his recovery from addiction to help others

AIKEN—Four years ago, Samuel Pierce was only 18 but his life had hit rock bottom. The teen struggled with drug and alcohol addiction, and had abandoned his family and faith. His parents, Deacon Robert Pierce and Donna Pierce told him he could no longer live under their roof if he continued to abuse drugs. Months […]


Lowcountry prays for the victims of mass shootings and their families

CHARLESTON—A rainbow hung in the sky June 15 as people exited Blessed Sacrament Church after a special evening liturgy commemorating the one-year anniversary of the horrific shootings at Emanuel AME Church. Father Joseph Romanoski, pastor at Blessed Sacrament, said it was a sign for many that God was still in charge, offering hope, grace and […]


Overcoming writer’s block and the roadblocks of life

I don’t usually get writer’s block. Often, days before a column is due, an idea germinates. I play around with the idea in my mind before I sit down at the computer. And, if I’m lucky, the words spill out on the page. Other times, I sit down to write without a clue what I […]


Bishop offers prayers for Orlando shooting victims and families

CHARLESTON—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone expressed his shock at the mass shooting in Orlando, Fla., on June 12 and offered prayers for the families of the victims. “The recent massacre that took place in Orlando is another instance of a horrible tragedy inspired by a sense of hate that seems so prevalent in our world today,” […]


Knights raise money for lifesaving ultrasound machine

MURRELLS INLET—After an appeal at Masses on Mother’s Day weekend, the Knights of Columbus Council 8980 collected donations to install an ultrasound machine at the Coastline Women’s Center in Conway. The total collected was $9,218. A drive for the equipment was spearheaded by Council 7531 in Conway. This is part of the pro-life effort in […]


Asian, Pacific Island pilgrimage honors Mary

GREENVILLE—The annual Asian and Pacific Island Catholic Marian Pilgrimage was held May 7 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immac­ulate Conception in Washing­ton, D.C. The event brought together many Asian and Pacific com­munities to celebrate their heritage and Marian devo­tions. Michael Tran, assistant director for the diocesan Office of Ethnic Ministries, attended […]


Males only?

Perhaps the last un-shattered “glass ceiling” is female ordination in the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. Pope Francis recently announced he would estab­lish a commission to investigate the nature of the early Church “deacon­ess” role. It should be noted that in the same breath Pope Francis warned against clericalizing the laity, assuming those who serve in […]


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