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Catholic schools promote kindness as antidote to bullying, anxiety

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—In recent years, Catholic Charities school counselors have noticed an unsettling trend of more anxiety and less empathy among their young students. A variety of factors, including increased screen time and social media usage, more homework and extracurricular activities, along with less recess and unstructured free time, is leaving children “missing out on connection-with […]

Reyes moves to boost schools

CHARLESTON—When John Reyes talks about his time spent teaching, his whole demeanor lights up with enthusiasm. It is a passion he has redirected from one classroom into hundreds of classrooms, reaching thousands of children in his new role as assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for the Diocese of Charleston. Reyes said he hopes to […]

Learn about the new principals in the diocese

Five schools in the diocese have new principals this year. Read their Q&A with The Miscellany below. * St. Joseph in Anderson welcomes Haymee Giuliani * Education credentials: Public accountant, Spanish teaching certification, pursuing MSEd with concentration on Catholic School Leadership from St. Joseph College in Maine Professional background: Administration and accounting for Hoogovens Technical Services, English […]

Day of Hope eases back-to-school burdens in Grand Strand

MYRTLE BEACH—The back-to-school season can be stressful for everyone, but is especially tough on families with financial struggles. Buying school supplies, new clothes and shoes must be balanced against the cost of rent, food, and transportation, and many don’t know where to turn to get what their kids need before classes start. For the past […]

New school year brings a school unification and an assistant superintendent

SUMTER—Another high school is moving under the umbrella of the diocese. St. Francis Xavier, a private Catholic high school in Sumter, will unify with nearby St. Anne and St. Jude parish school, said Kristi Doyle, who has served as principal of both for the past two years. A bit of history Doyle became principal of […]

Special needs teacher has a servant’s heart

NORTH CHARLESTON—Courtney Leonard exudes an air of calm in the class­room. Standing among a dozen young charges, the special-needs teacher at St. John in North Charleston handles a constant flurry of questions, comments and requests in a man­ner that is firm, yet caring at the same time. One young boy asks for spelling help, two […]

Newman Connection links students with campus programs

Too many Catholic young adults are abandoning their faith when they head off to college. Studies show that up to 80 percent of students stop going to Mass when they hit campus. For the second year, the Diocese of Charleston is working to reverse that trend by partnering with the Newman Connection, an Illinois-based nonprofit […]

St. Joseph School celebrates 50 years of blessings

ANDERSON—St. Joseph School was only a year old when Tom Holahan’s parents enrolled him there in 1968. He attended three years before moving on to public middle and high school, but what he recalls from that brief time has stayed with him. “When I grew up, I found that I knew the meaning of respect […]

Andrew Lyons wins full-tuition scholarship

GREENVILLE—Andrew Lyons, a senior at St. Joseph’s Catholic School, was named a winner of Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, Scholarship Competition. Lyons was chosen from among 80 competitors to receive one of two four-year full-tuition scholarships. Active in athletics and academics, he is a campus ministry leader, captain of the varsity football […]

Walking the path of Christ at Charleston Catholic

CHARLESTON—Charleston Catholic School students collected hygiene products for Jenkins Orphanage and One80 Place as part of their Lenten outreach. The children and their families donated more than 400 items to those in need.

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