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St. Mary celebrates 100 years of family and faith

YONGES ISLAND—Memories flooded back for the people who attended the 100th anniversary of St. Mary Church on May 4. Cherry Constable stood by a grotto to Mary in one corner of the property along S.C. 165 and remembered helping her grandmother, Teresa Hyer, haul coral rock from Edisto Beach to build it in 1942. Four […]


St. Clare has its first Mass as an official parish

DANIEL ISLAND—On Easter Sunday, a spirit of hope and new beginnings filled the gymnasium at Bishop England High School as more than 1,000 people celebrated the first Mass for the new St. Clare of Assisi parish. “I was so overjoyed, it was just one of the most joyful times for me,” said Betsy Sarsfield, a […]


Diocese sues insurance company for millions on abuse settlement claims

CHARLESTON—The Diocese of Charleston filed a lawsuit in February against an insurance company for refusing to pay out on millions of dollars in claims. Those claims included reimbursement for monies paid to the victims of sexual abuse by priests or Church personnel. The settlements being disputed were for victims of abuse which occurred between the […]


Chrism Mass calls priests to simplicity, mercy

Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone invited more than 100 priests to commit themselves to lives of compassion and simplicity at the annual chrism Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston on April 15. The solemn, meaningful ceremony, traditionally held on the Tuesday of Holy Week, has a twofold purpose. It is also […]


Sister Catherine Noecker receives a national distinguished principal award

GREENVILLE—Franciscan Sister Catherine Noecker, principal of St. Anthony of Padua School, was named the 2014 Distinguished Principal by the National Catholic Educational Association for her outstanding leadership and commitment to educational excellence. The principal, who celebrated her 25th anniversary at the school in 2013, was chosen from a pool of more than 5,500 Catholic elementary […]


Our Lady of Mercy Sister Mary Helen Grobusky dies at age 98

CHARLESTON—­Sister Mary Helen Grobusky, a Sister of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy, died at the May Forest motherhouse on April 11. She was 98. The Mass of Christian Burial was held April 14. She was born Frances Anne Theresa Grobusky on June 10, 1915, to the late Joseph Thomas and Mary Catherine Sokol Grobusky […]


Sister Margaret Mary Kreider, former teacher at St. Anne, dies at age 88

IMMACULATA, PA.—Sister Margaret Mary Kreider of the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, died March 26. She was 88 and had been a sister for 68 years. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in Camilla Hall by Father William E. Dean on March 29. Born in Philadelphia to the […]


Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina awards $160,000 in Community Enrichment grants

COLUMBIA—The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina awards six Community Enrichment grants totaling $160,000. The Community Enrichment Grants are by invitation only and are offered to a select group of mostly former grantees where the Foundation has an established relationship. The Community Enrichment grants purpose is to provide a reasonable level of sustaining and […]


Holy Cross Church in Pickens enters a new era

PICKENS—One look at the outside of Holy Cross Church in Pickens lets you know big changes have taken place at this friendly Upstate parish. Longtime members used to call it the “Pizza Hut” roof because its red tiles and flat-topped dome resembled the distinctive one found on the fast food chain. That look is long […]


SCCCW honor Sister Josephine Murphy and Mary Ann Turner

HILTON HEAD ISLAND—Mary Ann Turner of Greenville had immigrant parents who taught their children three important lessons. “We learned love of church, love of God, and that you always give back,” she said. “You don’t have to be rich to give of yourself and give what you can.” Turner has tried to follow that advice […]


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