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Sisters of Charity Health System to sell Providence Hospital in Columbia

COLUMBIA—The Sisters of Charity Health System and Providence Hospitals announced that they plan to sell Providence Hospitals to LifePoint Health. The two signed a letter of intent on July 28. As part of LifePoint, Providence will continue to operate in a manner consistent with the obligations of a Catholic hospital, the organization stated in a […]


Vercellotti’s quiet persistence is faith in action

PAWLEYS ISLAND—When Len Vercellotti was a boy growing up in Illinois, he would peer longingly into a cedar chest where his father Joseph, a fourth degree Knight of Columbus, stored his sword and regalia. He fondly remembers the charitable work his dad did with the fraternal organization, and spending Saturdays at the local Knights’ hall […]


Kneeling before love’s fire

Christianity is often viewed as outdated. Admittedly, from unusual musical chant to burning incense, the Mass looks at times like something that has been dropped onto planet Earth from another world. At the heart of the criticism is the false premise that suddenly everything that ever happened before was incorrect and everything new is enlightened. […]


Secret videos of Planned Parenthood are an eye-opener

Five videos that show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of fetal tissue from abortions for medical research have unleashed a storm of controversy nationwide and in South Carolina. Shortly after the videos went public in mid-July, protests erupted outside the agency’s offices around the country. Religious leaders denounced how heartless the officials’ remarks were, […]


New pastoral center to better serve the diocese

CHARLESTON—Boxes are piled high on desks, tables and floor space as employees in the Charleston-area offices of the diocese prepare to move onto their new campus. The move is scheduled for the week of Aug. 17 and will be followed by a grand opening celebration in September to mark the momentous occasion. It is a […]


National joint religious conference meets in Charleston

CHARLESTON—When Sister Mary Antona Ebo joined the Franciscan Sisters of Mary in 1946, she was one of the order’s first black members. In the early ’60s, she brought a Catholic voice to the civil rights movement when she and other women religious marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, Ala., and her words were […]


Fresh produce distribution brings out the best at St. Cyprian

GEORGETOWN—About 232 families went home with fresh fruit and produce after a food distribution effort at St. Cyprian Church July 16. The give-away was a partnership between the church and Catholic Charities’ Pee Dee Office. “It was a wonderful initiative,” said Vincentian Sister Madeline Kavanagh, parish life facilitator. “There was a beautiful spirit among the […]


Overseas aid can make all the difference, coalition representative says

Foreign aid can be a touchy subject, even among devout Christians. The oft-heard argument about it is why the U.S. government would send money to other countries when there is an obvious need in our own back yard. The reality is, however, that a very small portion of federal money is spent to help people […]


Six couples marry at once in Jesus, Our Risen Savior Church

SPARTANBURG—It was “I do!” times 12 at Jesus, Our Risen Savior Church. Six couples, all members of the same family, were married July 18 in a special wedding ceremony celebrated by Adorno Father Frank Palmieri, the pastor. The couples filed into the church as classical music played and sat in the front rows, which were […]


St. Clare of Assisi Parish to build on Bishop England campus

DANIEL ISLAND—After much searching, St. Clare of Assisi Parish announced that its future church will be built on the diocesan property of Bishop England High School campus. Father Gregory West, pastor, said they started looking at the BE campus after negotiations for another piece of property collapsed. That parcel — 15 acres at the I-526 […]


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    Jan 182:00 pm Dismissal for Faculty Meeting
    From the Calendar of St. Mary School Greenville
    3:00 pm HSA Family meeting
    From the Calendar of Holy Trinity North Myrtle Beach
    3:30 pm Parent-Teacher Conferences
    From the Calendar of Cardinal Newman School
    7:00 pm Curso 1: CIC/Biblia Tema #1
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Jan 19 E-Team Weekend
    From the Calendar of Youth Ministry
    Soup Bowl Fundraiser
    From the Calendar of St. Michael School Murrells Inlet
    Report Cards issued
    From the Calendar of St. Martin de Porres School Columbia
    Parent lunch/Last day of quarter
    From the Calendar of St. Mary Help of Christians Aiken
    Early Dismissal Teacher Inservice
    From the Calendar of St. Anne School Rock Hill
    Noon Dismissal- Staff Development
    From the Calendar of St. Anthony School Florence
    End of quarter
    From the Calendar of Our Lady of Peace North Augusta
    Make-up/group picture day, 8th Grade cap & gown picture day, class photos
    From the Calendar of Our Lady of the Rosary Greenville
    9:00 am Ecumenical Prayer Service
    From the Calendar of St. Joseph School Columbia
    9:00 am Mass
    From the Calendar of Our Lady of the Rosary Greenville
    7:00 pm Curso 1- CIC/Biblia Tema #1
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Jan 208:30 am Diaconate Formation Class
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Jan 21 National School Choice Week
    From the Calendar of St. John School North Charleston
    Open House
    From the Calendar of St. Joseph School Anderson
    8:30 am Diaconate Formation Class
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Jan 22 Early Dismissal
    From the Calendar of St. Peter School Columbia