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Comfort in the arms of God

CHARLESTON—On June 17, a stranger entered Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and joined a Bible study session. The group of 12 welcomed him and included him in their worship for about an hour when suddenly, the young man took out a gun and started yelling and firing, killing nine people in a hail of […]


Knights of Columbus unfurl messages of love

CHARLESTON—Banners with messages of love and grace adorned buildings around Marion Square shortly after the tragic events at Emanuel AME Church, thanks to a heroic effort from the Knights of Columbus. The words were simple but profound. “Mother Emanuel, We Love You” read the message from Bennett Hospitality. “No matter how dark the nights, the […]


Nine new principals will ring in the fall semester at Catholic schools

Schools in the Diocese of Charleston have selected their new principals for the upcoming academic year. John Paul II Catholic School in Ridgeland announced the selection of Walter Dupre as its new principal for the 2015-16 school year. For the past six years, he was principal of St. Mary’s in O’Neill, Nebraska, and has 26 […]


Knights elect new officers

GARDEN CITY—Knights of Columbus Council 8980 recently elected a new slate of officers and held an installation Mass on July 2. The new Grand Knight is Timothy J. McGraw, who replaces Past Grand Knight Gilbert T. Cushing. They also awarded $500 scholarships to a boy and girl who are high school seniors.


Council 9184 donates $5,000 to birthright

TAYLORS—Knights of Columbus Council 9184 presented Birthright of Greenville with a check for $5,000 to help fund their ongoing work supporting women experiencing unplanned pregnancies. The Knights hosted their first annual “Luck of the Irish” Casino Night on April 11 at the Sugar Creek clubhouse in Greer.


Faith & fungi: Mepkin Abbey monks cultivate a burgeoning mushroom trade

MONCKS CORNER—When the monks at Mepkin Abbey started looking for a new business to help support themselves, growing mushrooms sounded like perfectly simple solution. After all, mushrooms grow in the wild just fine. All you need is a little dirt and — voila! Right? Wrong. Really, really wrong. What the Trappists soon discovered was that […]


Funerals for slain church members call on God’s amazing grace

CHARLESTON—People spoke so many beautiful words about the nine men and women killed in the recent church shooting that they could flow all the way to God’s door, like a river of peace. Several members of Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church have been laid to rest in recent days, each one bringing hundreds, and […]


Unconditional love is better path to peace, Atlanta archbishop preaches

CHARLOTTE—Last week’s shooting at a historic church in Charleston, S.C., was still weighing on the hearts of the region’s Catholic bishops as they gathered in Charlotte, N.C., June 22-23 for a previously scheduled meeting. Seven of the bishops of the Atlanta Province – which encompasses the Archdiocese of Atlanta and the dioceses of Charleston, S.C., […]


Thousands gather at Statehouse to pay respects to Sen. Clementa Pinckney

COLUMBIA—The crowd that poured onto the Capitol grounds to mourn Sen. Clementa Pinckney on June 24 was a tribute not just to him, but to each of the victims shot at Emanuel AME Church last week. Thousands of mourners stood together for hours on a brutally hot day, waiting patiently for the chance to pay […]


Photos: South Carolinians unite in prayer after Charleston shooting

Wednesday, June 24 Above, Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone, at left, helps Barbara Thompson, from Manning, SC, while she struggled in the heat during the nearly 2 1/2 hour wait in line to view Senator Clementa C. Pinckney inside the state capital building. Sen. Pinckney was one of nine people shot and killed at Emanuel AME […]


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