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Holy Cross: From eight families to 50 years

PICKENS—When Lewis and Helen Ferretti came to Pickens in the early 60s, the Upstate town’s active Catholic community consisted of seven other couples. Attending Mass required a drive to Clemson or Greenville. Mrs. Ferretti recalled a visiting priest would occasionally celebrate the liturgy in private homes. They also worshipped together in borrowed space at a […]

Father Christian Carr, second abbot of Mepkin Abbey, dies at 100

MONCKS CORNER—Father Christian Aidan Carr, the second abbot of Mepkin Abbey, died June 5 at the monastery. He was 100. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at the abbey church on June 13. Father Christian was born on Sept. 14, 1914, in Galveston, Texas, a son of the late Daniel J. and Helen E. […]

Sisters of Charity Foundation gives Neighborhood House a Grantee Organizational Award

COLUMBIA–The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina will award Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Neighborhood House, of Charleston, the 2015 Grantee Organizational Award. The award recognizes an organization that illustrates exemplary performance in the area of health, education and community outreach. Established by the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy in […]

Jared soars to Eagle Scout

EASLEY—Jared Kilton of Boy Scout Troop 521 earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He is a member of St. Anthony of Padua Church, where he is an alter server, and attended St. Mary School through eighth grade. Kilton, 17, is now a rising senior at Easley High School, where he runs cross country and track, […]

Eight Scouts receive Eagle badge at St. Mary Help of Christians Church

AIKEN—St. Mary Help of Christians Church celebrated eight young men who achieved their Eagle Scout rank, the highest honor in Boy Scouts. They are Charles Whitmore Babineau, Eduardo Barquet-Arrambide, Ernesto Barquet-Arrambide, Austin Bradley Bell, Michael Antonio Collins, Christopher West Davis, John Michael Kitchens and Kyle Benton Racel. Each Scout had to design, lead, and implement […]

Freedom of Religion group shows support during military parade

MYRTLE BEACH—Catholics for Freedom of Religion marched in the Myrtle Beach 2015 Military Appreciation Days parade on May 16. Members of the group carried signs of support and appreciation from the parishes of St. Andrew, St. James and St. Martin de Porres.

Knights sponsor Beyer on Honor Flight

GREENVILLE—On April 21, Charlie Beyer, a World War II combat veteran, was honored along with 120 other Upstate WWII and Korean War veterans, on a full day Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C. Knights of Columbus Council 10819 sponsored Beyer, who is a member of the council and a longtime member of St. Mary Magdalene […]

First-grader earns national handwriting award

COLUMBIA—Quade Wilson, a first-grader at St. Joseph School, was chosen by Zaner-Bloser as having the best handwriting in the nation in his age group. More than 300,000 students submitted entries for awards. Each Grand National Champion earns a trophy, $1,000, and educational materials for their school valued at $1,000. Also, the teacher of each Grand […]

Christian Action Council continues the conversation on race

COLUMBIA—More than 50 years have passed since an era when buses, businesses and schools were segregated and black people risked their lives to register to vote. Those particular struggles are over, but others remain, ranging from a national concern over police shootings of unarmed black men to a widening economic gap between the rich and […]

St. Patrick Church turning old school into social center

CHARLESTON—St. Patrick Church’s historic school is about to be filled with the breath of new life. The building, which dates back to 1930, is getting a complete overhaul to turn it into a state-of-the-art facility that will house church offices, a parish social center, and space for the College of Charleston’s campus ministry, said Father […]

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