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A nation of immigrants should have an immigration system that works

America did not become great by keeping people out. We are great because, throughout our history, we have held our doors wide open to those seeking a new start, economic opportunity, and a chance to raise their families in peace and freedom. Tragically, our outdated immigration laws no longer uphold this quintessentially American vision. The […]


It pays to prepare ahead for disasters

So far this summer, the only named storm to pop up on the weather radar is Hurricane Arthur, and forecasters are sticking by their prediction of a quiet season, which runs through November. But quiet doesn’t mean silent, so experts advise people to follow that old Boy Scout truism to “always be prepared”, not just […]


Couples for Christ feel power of God

GOOSE CREEK—Couples for Christ-SC held two recent Christian Life Programs in the Upstate and the Lowcountry. Adorno Father Jason Caganap, pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Goose Creek, was so impressed by the Christian Life Program held at his church in March and April that he asked to replicate it for the Hispanic parishioners, according […]


Lanie Hudson
Miss SC credits the King of Kings for crown

SPARTANBURG—Lanie Hudson shared a small, sacred moment with her mother each day during competition at the 2014 Miss South Carolina pageant. Mrs. Hudson took a treasured bottle of blessed water from the Holy Land and made the sign of the cross on her daughter’s forehead before she rushed out the door to rehearsals, preliminaries and […]


School pastors learn to address challenges at institute

              In just one week, Father Joseph Romanoski increased Hispanic enrollment at his parish school of Blessed Sacrament in Charleston, thanks to a workshop he attended at the School Pastors’ Institute conference held at Notre Dame recently. The conference is designed to address the unique and complex challenges related […]


Cretzmeyer discovers a rare vocation to the Church

MURRELLS INLET— Stacy Cretzmeyer, Ph.D., an author and licensed professional counselor, will receive one of the oldest sacramentals in the Church on Aug. 15. The long-time member of St. Michael Church will be consecrated as a virgin living in the world, according to Canon 604. The vocation of consecrated virginity dates back to the earliest […]


Catholic presence felt at homeschool convention

COLUMBIA—Christopher and Laurie Tollefsen have educated all nine of their children at home. The Tollefsens, members of St. Martin de Porres Church in Columbia, want other parents to know the joy and fulfillment that come with homeschooling, and especially want to reach out to other Catholics. They both led sessions at the Midlands Homeschool Conference […]


People & events

COASTAL Catholic Night at The JoeCHARLESTON—Father Greg West, pastor of St. Clare of Assisi Church on Daniel Island, will throw out the first pitch for Catholic Night at The Joe at the Charleston Riverdogs’ baseball game against the Hickory Crawdads on Aug. 11 at 7:05 p.m. Gates open at 6:05 p.m. Tickets are $7 for […]


Father Masad
Father Frederick Masad dies at age 79

COLUMBIA—Father Frederick F. Masad, retired pastor of St. John Neumann Church, died July 16. He was 79. The Mass of Christian Burial was held July 21 at St. John Neumann and burial was at St. Patrick Cemetery. Father Masad was known as a pastor who took the time to get to know his flock. In […]


Book clubs offer fun, friendship and even catechesis

Julie Vickery believes reading is fundamental to her faith. Nearly every month she meets others at a local “meat-and-three” Southern eatery for Catholic book club meetings. Vickery, who attends St. Joseph Church in Columbia, started the group about six years ago because she was “desperate for Catholic company, for fellow Catholics to talk to,” she […]


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