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Historic lumber recovered for St. James in Walterboro

WALTERBORO—Good news is the word for St. James the Greater in Catholic Hill. Father Jeffrey A. Kendall, pastor of the mission and St. Anthony Church in Walterboro, said the historic heart pine wood that was stolen recently has been returned. Tips led to the location of the 140-year-old lumber, which was left by the side […]


Sister Elizabeth Bain, former Bishop England teacher, dies at age 76

BALTIMORE, MD.—Sister Elizabeth Lyons Bain, of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, a former educator, died on July 21 at Maria Health Care Center. She was 76. The Mass of Christian burial was held July 25 in Villa Assumpta chapel. Burial was at Villa Maria Cemetery in Glen Arm. Sister Elizabeth was one of 10 […]


Southern reps attend child safety conference

CHARLESTON—The Diocese of Charleston’s charter for the protection of children will undergo some important updates in its next revision, according to Bonnie Sigers, safe environment manager. A group of representatives from each of the dioceses in the Southern province recently attended a conference sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in San Francisco addressing […]


Priest appointment: Bluffton

CHARLESTON—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone made the following appointment, effective June 7. Father James Renaurd West, recently ordained to the priesthood, was appointed as parochial vicar at St. Gregory the Great Church in Bluffton.


‘Who am I to judge?’ Pope’s remarks do not change church teaching

By Cindy Wooden | Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When Pope Francis told reporters July 28, “Who am I to judge” a homosexual person, he was emphasizing a part of Catholic teaching often overlooked by the media and misunderstood by many people. In the words of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the […]


Priests’ appointments: Columbia, Charleston, Rock Hill

CHARLESTON — Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone made the following priestly appointments for the Diocese of Charleston effective Aug. 1: Father Gary S. Linsky, Col. (USAF) Ret., is appointed pastor of St. Peter Church in Columbia. Father Ernest Hepner, SLT, retired, is appointed administrator pro-tem of Blessed Sacrament Church in Charleston. Effective Aug. 19: Father Joseph […]


Priest sabbaticals allow for education and rejuvenation

Everybody needs a break once in a while, and that includes priests. That’s why several pastors have taken sabbaticals in recent years, saying the much needed time away offers a chance to learn new things, make friends and find the rest and renewal needed to continue with parish duties. Deacon Lawrence Roberts, coordinator for priest […]


New Dominicans join St. Mary School

GREENVILLE—Three new Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia will arrive in the Upstate this fall to share their knowledge and love of Christ with students at St. Mary School. Father Jay Scott Newman, pastor of St. Mary Church, said this will be the eighth year that the teaching order, also known as the Nashville Dominicans, has […]


Lyke Conference encourages parish leaders to enrich worship services

Over 500 people, including a group from the Diocese of Charleston, gathered in Chicago, Ill., recently for the 10th annual Lyke Conference. Kathleen Merritt, director of the diocesan office of ethnic ministries, presented two workshops at the conference and shared her experience with The Miscellany. Q. What is the Lyke Conference? A. Named in honor […]


Just passing through becomes half a century of living the Word

RIDGELAND—St. Anthony Church started 50 years ago thanks to John and Suzanne Marten. The couple drove from Pennsylvania to their vacation home in Florida every year, said Fred Nimmer, who, along with wife Joan, is one of St. Anthony’s founding members. The Martens always stopped in Ridgeland, and on Sundays would drive to nearby Hardeeville […]


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