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Father Guerric looks forward to the continued joys of life

MONCKS CORNER—During his 50 years in the priesthood, Father Guerric Heckel has served a variety of roles in the Church. He’s worn the vestments of a parish priest, a hospital chaplain, and a monk, and it all started with one question from a nun. When he was in the fifth grade, a religious sister was […]


Diocese of Charleston Men's Conference 2016
Annual men’s conference draws around 300

GOOSE CREEK—A trio of national authors and speakers told a gathering of men of all ages — from fathers to grandfathers — how to become “ordinary heroes,” while avoiding turning into “wimps.” Around 300 men filled Immaculate Conception Church for the South Carolina Catholic Men’s Conference March 5. The event, now in its third year, […]


Purity rings are an outward symbol of commitment to Jesus

It is a ring that starts conversation and the opportunity to evangelize. Kyle Sutter said people often notice his ring and ask if he’s married. The answer is no, not in the traditional sense, but he and other Christians like him are committed to the ideal of chaste living and wear a purity ring as […]


USCCB child and youth protection chairman underscores importance of charter

WASHINGTON—A recent grand jury report from Altoona, Penn., and the award-winning movie “Spotlight” are painful reminders that the Catholic Church must remain vigilant in the efforts to protect children from “the scourge of abuse,” said the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People. “Once again, […]


Pope calls for moratorium on death penalty during Year of Mercy

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis called for a moratorium on executions during the Year of Mercy and said the fifth commandment, “Thou shalt not kill,” applies not only to the innocent but to the guilty as well. “Even a criminal has the invio­lable right to life, a gift of God,” he said Feb. 21 after reciting the […]


Celebrating the promise to love and honor

AIKEN—Imagine a marriage that lasted 9,000 years. That’s how many years of matrimony were represented among the 300 couples who attended the annual Marriage Anniversary Celebration held Feb. 21 at St. Mary Help of Christians Church. They ranged from newlyweds to senior citizens and came from 25 different parishes. Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone celebrated Mass […]


Brother and sister duo turn getting into giving

SIMPSONVILLE—For two Upstate children, the best birthday gift was the chance to help someone else. On Feb. 8, six-year-old Vincent Ovsak and his sister Angela Ovsak, 5, made a big donation to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at their parish, St. Mary Magdalene Church in Simpsonville. Vincent brought warm kids’ clothes and Angela provided […]


Poor Clare Sister Helen Godfrey dies at age 77

TRAVELERS REST—Poor Clare Sister Helen Godfrey, of the Monastery of St. Clare, died Feb. 12. She was 77. The Mass of Christian Burial and burial were held Feb. 18 at the monastery. Sister Helen was born April 8, 1938, in Camden, N.J., the only child of M. Leroy Godfrey and Helen McNulty Godfrey. She entered […]


Rite of Election brings new faithful to the heart of Christ

T.J. Cofield of Greenville attended various churches while growing up, but never felt really comfortable about faith until he started attend­ing Catholic campus ministry at Furman University. “I found my faith home was in the Catholic Church,” he said. “I con­nected with it. I knew it was where I belonged.” Cofield, who attends St. Anthony […]


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Diaconate ordination at St. Mary Magdalene Church

Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone ordained 17 men to the permanent diaconate at Holy Spirit Church on Johns Island on Jan. 30, and another 18 at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Simpsonville on Feb. 6. This video shows highlights from the ordination at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Simpsonville. Watch the highlights from the ordination at […]


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