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Spelling bee helps net Healthy Learners program $17,000

GREENWOOD—Friends of Healthy Learners Greenwood raised over $17,000 with an Adult Spelling Bee on Sept. 29 to raise funds for Healthy Learners Greenwood, a Sisters of Charity Health System endeavor. All District 50 schools, local businesses and churches were eligible to have teams. Starting with the first round, 36 teams collaborated and spelled words. Those […]

Deacon Kulungowski, Army veteran, dies at 67

SUMTER—Deacon Michael Alexander Kulungowski, who ministered at the Catholic Community of Sumter, St. Anne Church, died on Oct. 8. He was 67. The Mass of Christian Burial was held Oct. 13 at St. Anne and burial was at Fort Jackson with full military honors. Deacon Kulungowski was born May 3, 1948, in St. Louis, Mo., […]

Faith and hope find a way to lift up the world’s orphans

Millions of children in the world have no parents to care for them; no grandparents, no aunts or uncles. They are orphans, left alone with only their little siblings after the adults were killed by the ravages of AIDS or war. Sometimes the head of household is only 7 or 8 years old. Thankfully, there […]

Communities pitch in to help those in need

For more than a week, Brian Brown anxiously watched the waters of the rising Waccamaw River creep steadily higher through the Rosewood Estates subdivision in the Socastee community near Myrtle Beach. He ended up with more than a foot of water in his garage, but thankfully, the rest of the house his family has called […]

Friends save Dupree family from the rising flood

COLUMBIA—“Buddy, if you’re coming, you need to come now.” Aaron Dupree spoke those urgent words to friend Kevin Shalkham by cell phone as flood waters rose higher and higher in his home on Woodlake Drive in the early morning hours of Oct. 4. Along with his wife Amy and their four children, he climbed to […]

Political correctness and an excuse for bullying

Much is being said about political correctness these days. Apparently being politically correct has come to mean that we fail to speak truth because we are trying too hard not to offend. At one time, being politically correct meant, at least from my perspective, sensitivity to prejudice and bias. For example, writers became more aware […]

Monks live a simple life in a complex world

SULLIVAN’S ISLAND—Benedictine Father Cassian Folsom has reignited the ancient flame of monasticism in a small Italian town. He is prior and founder of the Monks of Norcia, Italy, a Benedictine community founded in 1998 and based in an ancient monastery that was built at the birthplace of the order’s founder, St. Benedict, and his sister, […]

Canon law makes the mission possible

When Pope Francis announced upcoming changes to rules regarding marriage annulments, it turned a spotlight onto canon law. And though it might seem terribly abstract, in reality, canon law affects answers to nitty-gritty questions of our daily life. For example, can grandma be cremated when she dies? Are you allowed to get married on the […]

Godly ringtones

One feature church buildings of many Christian denominations have in common is some system of ringing chimes. From full towers to systems of electronic imitation, the sound of bells seems to be something that diverse traditions have preserved. One of the first mentions of using bells in the Christian milieu comes from St. Gregory of […]

Bishop England joins old and new with 100-year bash

CHARLESTON—In the end, the 100th anniversary of Bishop England High School brought the old and the new together on one campus and rekindled the sense of community that has forged a century of tradition. Events began Sept. 22 with a centennial Mass celebrated by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone. It was attended by a diverse crowd […]

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