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Fraternus group mentors Catholic men of all generations

TAYLORS—A parish in a thriving suburb of the Greenville Deanery has started a ministry that has drawn the attention of others around them. Paul Pizzuti and Thomas Connelly, both parishioners at Prince of Peace Church, recently formed the first Fraternus chapter in the diocese (fraternus.net). Older men, called captains, and young men, referred to as […]


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Gift of nun doll collection helps preserve legacy of women religious

ATLANTA—Margaret Alsup of Cumming always considered her nun dolls to be like friends. So, when it came time to look for a permanent home for her beloved figurines in late 2017, she found a place that would help preserve the historical legacy of the women religious these replicas represent. The 75 carefully and meticulously created […]


Annual appeal is a way to participate in Church ministries

As the Bishop’s Annual Appeal heads into the final stretch for donations, the office of Stewardship and Mission Advancement said they have seen a generosity of spirit despite recent scandals in the Church. That isn’t to say people aren’t angry. As shockwaves from the sex abuse crisis continue to rock those in the pews, a […]


Breast cancer survivor inspires Greenwood women’s club

When poet and breast cancer survivor, Selma Sims, spoke to the Greenwood Catholic Women’s Club at Our Lady of Lourdes Church as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, she brought with her a message of hope and joy. Sims said she was shocked at being diagnosed with breast cancer as there was no history of […]


Election guides help form conscience before voters cast ballot

WASHINGTON­—Since 1976, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ have issued a quadrennial statement to guide Catholics “in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy.” “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” the latest revision of the current document, was done in 2015, and it was issued ahead of the 2016 presidential elections. […]


Domestic abuse victims find escaping their predicament no easy matter

VANCOUVER, B.C.—Nothing could have prepared Adelaide for the nightmare that was 18 years of her life. She had married that many years ago, having checked off the stereotypical “Catholic” boxes: She saved sex for marriage, was wed to a Catholic man and was open to having as many children as God gave them. However, just […]


A collision of culture and faith

For the past two years, Georgetown University has been in the news in the aftermath of announcements that it would make reparation to the descendants of slaves sold in 1838. It seems that Jesuit priests then operating the college had slaves and decided that the way to stave off bankruptcy was to sell them. To […]


Social teaching starts with the family, speaker says

GREENVILLE—Attendees at a recent conference on Catholic social teaching and the virtue of social justice, as well as the relevant actions people should pursue, were told they shouldn’t leave that responsibility to government. Philip Nielsen, one of several speakers participating in the annual conference of the Center for Evangelical Catholicism held Sept. 21-22 at St. […]


Black Catholic ministries examine ways to reach their youth

COLUMBIA—Keeping youth and young adults active in the faith is a challenge being faced by the Church overall, and it is one that especially hits home for black Catholics in South Carolina. Members of historically African-American parishes are proud of their vibrant faith and heritage, but also concerned about dwindling numbers of young people in […]


Priest-doctor aims to heal both body and soul

MIAMI—One vocation has him tending to the physically sick; his other vocation has him tending to the spiritually ill. But when it comes to working with the homeless and poor in Miami and elsewhere, it usually involves both body and soul for Father Scott Francis Binet, MD. A consecrated religious in perpetual vows with the […]


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