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New retreat center and chapel dedicated at Mepkin Abbey

MONCKS CORNER—The monks at Mepkin Abbey broke briefly from their quiet monastic lifestyle to celebrate their new St. Francis Retreat Center and the Father Francis Kline Memorial Chapel. The Aug. 25 dedication included a Mass, musical performance and choirs. Abbot Stanislaus Gumula said the completion of the 16-room retreat center is the fulfillment of a […]

Sacred Heart Mission in Blackville changes status

Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone recently announced that Sacred Heart Mission in Blackville has been incorporated into Holy Trinity parish in Orangeburg. The announcement was sent out in a memo Oct. 1 to pastors in the Diocese of Charleston. The change was effective that date. In his memo the bishop stated that the decision was made […]

Sister Catherine places a quarter century in God’s hands

GREENVILLE—Franciscan Sister Catherine Noecker may be known in the community for helping to grow St. Anthony of Padua School, but for her students, the hugs are what matter most. “She gives the best hugs in the world,” Sonya Ferguson agreed. “When she hugs you, you can feel the sincerity in it.” Ferguson has worked at […]

Being on fire with faith means lighting the flame in others

COLUMBIA—The future of the Church depends on people willing to learn their faith and share it with others, speakers told participants at the recent On Fire with Faith conference. Author and columnist Father Ronald Rolheiser of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate was the opening speaker at the Sept. 20-21 event held at Our Lady […]

Gustavo Valdez follows God to Hispanic ministry in diocese

COLUMBIA—Gustavo Valdez hopes his role as the new director of Hispanic ministry helps more people become fully involved in the Church’s mission of bringing souls to Christ. Valdez, who started in June, is based in Columbia. He is the second of four children in a family from Piedras Negras, a border town in Coahuila, Mexico. […]

Seniors shown that aging is a gift

MEPKIN ABBEY—The monks of Mepkin Abbey want people entering the second stage of life to open their eyes and see aging as a period of growth instead of decline. To that end, Trappist Father Guerric Heckel was instrumental in creating a series of lectures and retreats that focus on the self development and spiritual growth […]

Father Tomlinson moves temporarily to Diocese of Trenton

Father Richard B. Tomlinson has temporarily returned to his home state of New Jersey to help his elderly parents. His stepfather, 91, and mother, 89, still live in his hometown of Princeton. “I was visiting them on vacation this summer, and I was struck by how they were struggling a little bit with age and […]

Priest appointment: Hanahan

CHARLESTON—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone has made the following appointment for the Diocese of Charleston: Effective Oct. 19: Msgr. Thomas X. Hofmann, JCL, is appointed pastor of Divine Redeemer in Hanahan. This assignment is in addition to his duties as vicar of special projects for the diocese.

Archbishop Zimowski: Old age is the fulfillment of life

VATICAN CITY – The “International Day of Older Persons” is celebrated Oct. 1 and the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers (for Health Pastoral Care) marked the event by publishing a message about “the value of the life of the elderly” from its president, Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski. “This international day”, the prelate wrote, “constitutes an […]

Pope Benedict XVI greets Pope Francis
Pope Benedict challenges atheist, says he never hid abuse cases

  By Carol Glatz | Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — In a letter to an atheist Italian mathematician, retired Pope Benedict XVI defended his own handling of allegations of the sexual abuse of minors by clergy and politely criticized the logician’s total reliance on scientific facts for meaning. “I never sought to conceal these […]

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