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Ancient Order of Hibernians donate to five schools in the Midlands

COLUMBIA—Jim Lawracy, of the An­cient Order of Hibernians Richland County Division 1, presented Jacqua­line Kasprowski, principal of Car­dinal Newman School, with a check for $300. Each year, the Richland County division provides donations to Catholic schools in Columbia for their scholarship funds. The total this year was $1,700.


Camp Rise Above
South Carolina Council of Catholic Women award funds and scholarship

GREENVILLE—The South Carolina Council of Catholic Women recently donated $8,415 to Camp Rise Above. President Marlene Grover and Fa­ther Fabio Refosco, SCCCW spiritual adviser, presented the camp’s founder, Barbara Denton, with the check. The money was collected from the SCCCW affiliates throughout the state during the 2016 convention in Myrtle Beach. Camp Rise Above is […]


Grand Strand Citizens for Life launches new website

MYRTLE BEACH—The Grand Strand Citizens for Life, a non-profit pro-life group that works to promote public recognition of the dignity and right to life of every individual from the time of conception to natural death, has a new website: www.makethelifechoice.org. Organizers hope it will educate and inform visitors, and also help those who need counseling […]


St. Francis thrift shop grant recipients 2016
St. Francis Thrift Shop donates to 27 local charities

HILTON HEAD—St. Francis Thrift Shop distributed grants to 27 charitable organizations in Hilton Head and Bluffton on June 21. The shop is an outreach of St. Francis by the Sea Church, and its proceeds benefit the parish community and school. It is located along Highway 278 between Mathews Drive and Beach City Road. Since it […]


Goodier wins national essay contest

CHARLESTON—Carson Goodier, a student at Charleston Catholic School, won the National Beta Club Essay award at the national convention in New Orleans, La. Over 13,000 people from across the nation attended the con­vention to represent their schools.


St. Mary students fill baby bottles

AIKEN—St. Mary Help of Christians School students presented a check for $1,990.02 to Kathryn Wade, the executive director of Life Choices Pregnancy Care Center. Students collected funds during their annual Lenten Baby Bottle project.


Students receive scholarship awards

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH—Four high school students, all parishioners of Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, re­ceived scholarship awards from the church ladies guild. Gabriella Ovellette, Tristan Casper and Rebecca Powali, students from North Myrtle Beach High School, were awarded $1,000 each. Emily Cocchiola, a student at HCS Early College High School, also received $1,000 […]


Irmo Knights collect food and funds

IRMO—Knights of Columbus Council 6892 raised $3,139.44 and collected 3,388 pounds of food during its first “Forty Cans for Lent,” food drive. The project benefits the various pro­grams of Our Lady of the Hills Church and its St. Vincent de Paul Society to feed the poor in the parish, and com­munity. Grand Knight Stephen Szy­manski […]


St. Mary honors military personnel

ROCK HILL—St. Mary Church’s respect life ministry has kept their mili­tary personnel and their respective families in hearts and minds with hometown news. Children are sending notes and drawings, and Oratorian Father Agustin Guzman, pastor, has directed that each member of the armed forces in the parish will receive Cardinal Fulton Sheen’s “Wartime Prayer Book”. […]


Father Kirby earns doctorate

COLUMBIA—Father Jeffrey Kirby, former vicar of vocations for the Diocese of Charleston, earned a doctorate in sacred theology at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, Italy, on June 3. His thesis was on “Facilitating a Program of Conscience Formation Among Medical Personnel,” and received the honor of magna cum laude. It will […]


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