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Catholic Charities Pee Dee earns SNAP grant

CONWAY—Catholic Charities Pee Dee has launched a new service to assist people in applying for the USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP. The Pee Dee office was recently awarded a grant funded by the CCUSA-Walmart Foundation that enables the Catholic Charities office to educate individuals and families in the Pee Dee about […]


Father Gregory West: from make-believe to the real deal

DANIEL ISLAND—Father Gregory West was born as the eye of Hurricane Helene passed over Charleston, so it’s fitting that his staff refers to him as the hurricane, or sometimes the tornado. Either way, he’s a man who is constantly in motion, but his friends say he keeps a sense of peace and joy throughout it […]


Covington receives recognition

COLUMBIA—Kashinda House Coving­ton, a member of St. Martin de Por­res Church, was honored recently for her service and dedication to her church and community. The honor was presented to Cov­ington and 19 other women by mem­bers of Church Women United of Columbia at their annual luncheon on April 16. Covington is a board member of […]


Spanish explorer’s cross believed discovered in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—The first Catholic liturgy is believed to have occurred in Arkansas 475 years ago, but archaeologists are working to authenticate physical proof of that celebration near the St. Francis River, about 40 miles from the Mississippi River. The Parkin Archeological State Park in Cross County is home to what could be the physical […]


Local archivists preserve memories and materials for Mother Emanuel

CHARLESTON—History matters. Espe­cially in the Lowcountry and spe­cifically at Mother Emanuel, where people left thousands of letters, sweetgrass roses, crosses, pieces of art, Teddy bears, prayer shawls, quilts, and so much more to honor the slain and support the survivors of last year’s Bible study massacre at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. The fate […]


Students travel a world of knowledge at geography bee

Schools in the Diocese of Charles­ton are doing their best to make liars of that old song that proclaims students “don’t know much about geogra­phy.” This year, 12 schools had stu­dents who qualified to compete in the 2016 South Carolina National Geographic State Bee held in Co­lumbia. Of those 12, two students made it to […]


AOH remembers Easter Rising

The men and women of the Ancient Order of Hibernians held an Easter Rising com­memoration at the Irish memorial on Charlotte Street in Charleston on April 24. The event included speeches and the placing of a wreath. The Rising, also called the Easter Rebellion, was an armed insurrection during Easter Week in April 1916 by […]


Priest discusses overcoming racism through racial sobriety

CLEMSON—Father Clarence Williams talks about overcoming racism in a very different way. The priest sees the evil of racism as something that people and soci­ety as a whole must recover from before they can work together. That is why he founded the Institute for Recovery from Racism and offers seminars and discussions on what he […]


New ordinations give reason for hope

WASHINGTON—It’s ordination sea­son and Catholics have reason to be pleased with the numbers of priests who will serve the Church well into the future. In recent years, the numbers of priestly ordinations have given Catholic Church observ­ers reason to believe there is not a global vocations crisis, but they acknowledge there is still a need […]


Knights of Columbus honor their own at convention

SPARTANBURG—Men, women and families who live out their faith in dynamic ways were honored at the 95th annual State Convention of the South Carolina State Council of the Knights of Columbus. More than 200 Knights and their wives attended the event, which was held April 22-24 at the Marriott in downtown Spartanburg. The weekend included […]


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