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The style divergence

The recent ordination of two priests gave us the opportunity to reflect upon the kinds of vestments used in the liturgy. Like any worn article, it should be noted that liturgical vestments come in all shapes, sizes and styles. This is true for the chasuble, the outer-most vestment worn by priests. Coming from the Latin […]


Father Kirby passes the reins to Father Good

When Father Jeffrey Kirby was first appointed as vicar of vocations, the whole field was on the brink of a huge national shift in how it approached discernment. Before, vocations departments were there in the background, to help guide young men once they decided to become priests. But as numbers dwindled and priests began to […]


Blessing the planes

COLUMBIA—Father Andrew Vollkommer, pastor of Our Lady of the Lake Church in Chapin, blesses aircraft on April 26 at Jim Hamilton-L.B. Owens Airport as part of its 85th anniversary celebration.


Parishes work to build intercultural bridges

South Carolina is rapidly becoming a more diverse place to live, and nowhere is that more evident than at the parish level. Statewide, the Hispanic population has been growing for more than 20 years. Recently, many churches have also seen an increase in other populations including Vietnamese, Koreans, Filipinos and immigrants from Africa and the […]


Priests appointments

CHARLESTON—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone has made appointments for four priests in the Diocese of Charleston. The appointments were effective June 8. Father Renaurd West was appointed parochial vicar at St. Peter Church in Columbia. Father Matthew Gray was appointed parochial vicar at St. Gregory the Great Church in Bluffton, and chaplain at John Paul II […]


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 […]


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