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Practicing the under-publicized virtue of recreation

Suddenly coloring books for grown-ups are all the rage. At one time, a few craft shops here and there stocked little books of geometric designs in black and white for adults to tint and possibly frame. Now, though, coloring books for those old enough to vote (and their grandparents) are turning up in bookstores, pharmacies, […]


St. Joseph parishioners enjoy their closely-knit community

CHARLESTON—Harriet Bedard can re­member when attending Mass at St. Joseph parish meant crowding into a small building off Belgrade Avenue that previously was a garage. “You almost had to look up at the crucifix hanging on the wall to reas­sure yourself you were in a Catholic church,” Bedard said. Those days are long gone and […]


Sister Mary Declan Foss dies at age 95

ADRIAN, MICH.—Sister Mary Declan Foss, formerly known as Geraldine Foss, died on May 21 at the Dominican Life Center. She was 95 years old and in the 67th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation. The Mass of Christian Burial is on May 27 at 10:30 am. followed by burial in the […]


St. Clare of Assisi makes surprise donation to St. John School

DANIEL ISLAND—St. Clare of Assisi Parish recently surprised the faculty and students of St. John School in North Charleston with a host of classroom supplies, tablet computers and gift cards worth $7,500 at a celebration on April 6. The gifts were the result of an Easter Egg Giving Tree sponsored by the church. “Parishioners took […]


Birthright is the lucky recipient of Knights’ fundraiser

GREER—Knights of Columbus Council 9184 presented Birthright of Greenville with a check for $23,000 raised from their “Luck of the Irish” Casino Night fundraiser. Attendees enjoyed an evening of casino-style games, a silent auc­tion, a spirited live auction, food and fun. “It has truly been a privilege to work with Birthright,” said Greg Pirochta, event […]


Msgr. Brovey puts aside fear to follow the Lord

CHARLESTON—For a brief period of time, Msgr. Steven L. Brovey strug­gled with the decision on whether to enter seminary after graduation, or go to medical school. In the end, the enduring call of the Lord won out. Plus, Msgr. Brovey added, he really doesn’t like the sight of blood. As he prayed to decipher which […]


Sisters of Charity Foundation continues to fight poverty

The Rev. Tony McDade says he could not have helped as many home­less families in Greenville over the years without grants from the Sis­ters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina. As executive director of the Green­ville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network, he works with 42 religious congregations to provide emergency and transitional housing. His organization is […]


Principals of Charleston Catholic celebrate the school’s 25th gala

CHARLESTON—Members of Charleston Catholic School and community gathered to celebrate the school’s 25th anniversary at an auction and gala held April 29 at the Cigar Factory. Pictured are the school’s principals, from its found­ing to present day, left to right: Sister Carol Ann Kleindinst, SSMN; Sister Bridget Sullivan, OLM; Yvonne Tolley Orr; and Fred McKay. […]


Andrew Fryml excited for ordination to transitional diaconate

Seminarian Andrew Fryml is about to reach a major milestone on the road to the priesthood. On June 3, he will be ordained to the transitional diacon­ate, a rite which will allow him to preach, proclaim the Gos­pel, baptize, assist during the liturgy and witness a mar­riage outside Mass. He’s particularly excited about the first […]


Father Sandy McDonald finds everything that brings him joy

COLUMBIA—A composition teacher at Lugoff-Elgin High School made a sugges­tion that sparked Father Sandy McDonald’s vocation to the priesthood. He had been immersed in the faith since birth, raised one of seven children in a strong Catholic home. In high school, McDon­ald became more interested in learning about his faith and when asked to write […]


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