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The Vincentians work to put themselves out of business

GEORGETOWN—The Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul at St. Cyprian Church and Outreach Center have traveled the world to arrive at this small coastal community.

Sisters Madeline Kavanagh, Sherry Barrett and Rose Marie Henschke settled in the area in July. They joined their fellow Daughter of Charity Sister Dorothy Folmer, plus Sister Sandra Parra, of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, to serve the poor and disadvantaged throughout the county.

St. Cyprian Church has served the area for more than 65 years. In the beginning, the Franciscan Handmaids of Mary taught many of the children in the thriving Catholic community.

Sister Madeline said it’s quite an adjustment for her to come from Ma’uke, located on the Cook Islands in the South Pacific. During her four years there, she worked with disabled people on the tiny island.

There’s so much that the Cook Islanders don’t have and don’t know about that people in America take for granted, she said.

She and the other Daughters each bring more than a half-century of real-world experience in dealing with the issues facing people who have very little.

They have served in many parts of the United States, plus Fiji, Bolivia, Mexico, Guatemala, Taiwan and several countries in Africa.

Now, Sister Madeline serves as parish life facilitator, Sister Dorothy is the outreach coordinator, Sister Rose Marie is in charge of religious education and helps with outreach, and Sister Sherry works with Hispanic ministry and special projects. Sister Sandra is coordinator of Hispanic ministry for the center.

The overall direction at St. Cyprian is changing as some of the programs shift their emphasis. The sisters will continue to provide meals to those in need, but are also looking at a holistic approach and are adding a course to train people in nursing.

The sisters are also looking at more collaboration, such as working with Birthright of Georgetown in its mission to help women with unplanned pregnancies by offering an alternative to abortion.

Throughout the Daughters of Charity, there is a readjustment of missions. As the order, 19,000 strong, help the poor throughout the world, they try to put themselves out of work.

“If we do our job well, we end up losing our jobs because we have prepared someone else to continue the work,” Sister Madeline said.

St. Cyprian serves an ethnically diverse community.

“The whole ministry of the Latino population is very important and growing,” Sister Madeline said.

She and the others spend a lot of time with Hispanic church members, but they also keep an emphasis on the traditional congregation.

“We want to value the wonderful heritage of African-American people, and what they have brought to this area. There is a deep spirituality,” she said. “There is a very large population that is a respecting and supporting group with family values. They bring new life and new vigor to the area.”

Sister Madeline said she answered the call to sisterhood 55 years ago.

“I have never regretted my choice. It’s a dynamic type of living. You get to know others, loving God, serving the poor in reaching out to them. We put much more emphasis on working with others. It’s a wonderful calling. Each community has its own gifts,” she said.

“We are getting back to the wonderful feeling from Vatican II. It’s a great time to be in the church, for a young man or woman to be considering such a dedication,” she continued. “Plus, religious life is in such a great period of evolution. It’s coming into something else the Holy Spirit is calling us to. We don’t really know what it will be, but it’s a wonderful time.”

 

Sister Margaret Mary Kreider, I.H.M., dies at 88

Sister Margaret Mary Kreider, I.H.M., died March 26 in Camilla Hall, Immaculata, in the 68th year of her religious life. She was 88 years old.

Born in Philadelphia, Sister Margaret Mary entered the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1946 from Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, Philadelphia, and professed her vows in 1948. At the reception of her habit, she was given the name Sister Mary Alphonsus. She later resumed use of her baptismal name, Margaret Mary.

She taught grade school in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the dioceses of Trenton, Camden, Charleston and Arlington. She also taught in South America.

She retired to Camilla Hall in August 2001.

The funeral Mass was celebrated at Camilla Hall on March 29. The celebrant and homilist was Father William E. Dean.

She is survived by members of her religious community, her two Sisters, Mary Mooney and Nancy Seaver; nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and their children. She was predeceased by her parents Francis and Margaret Corrigan Kreider and siblings Francis Kreider, William Kreider and Jane Schneider.

   

Our Lady of the Rosary adds historic stained glass

GREENVILLE—Stained glass windows from a closed church in Massachusetts will have light flowing through them once again when the new church at Our Lady of the Rosary is completed.

The parish has purchased 42 windows that originally were in St. Mary the Morning Star in Pittsfield, one of many parishes in the area that has closed in recent years because of dwindling attendance, parish consolidation and other factors.

Father Dwight Longenecker, administrator at Our Lady of the Rosary, said the windows are especially distinctive because they were designed by the late Wilbur H. Burnham, one of the country’s best known stained glass artists. His work currently hangs in notable places of worship like the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul in Washington, D.C., and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.

Father Longenecker found them nearly three years ago in a catalog put out by King Richard’s Liturgical Design and Contractors of Atlanta, a company that specializes in salvaging religious items.

The find seemed to be guided by God, he said, because the design for the proposed new church called for 42 windows, and that was what was available for sale at King Richard’s.

“We’re building a new Romanesque-style church, and you can’t just go and snag some windows and plunk them in,” Father Longenecker said. “They have to be the right style and the right size. And before long we found these, which were just what we were looking for. What sealed the deal was the rose window, which features the mysteries of the rosary.”

The parish paid about $180,000 to have the windows removed and originally stored in Greenville. Father Longenecker said they are now in Lynchburg, Va., where they will be cleaned and have new frames constructed for them.

The estimated cost of the building project for the new church is $5 million, and about $3 million has been raised so far. Father Longenecker said they hope to break ground on the new building in the spring.

Sid Tate, a parishioner who serves on the building committee, said many people wanted stained glass for the new church, but he thought that was only a dream because of limited available funds.

When Father Longenecker said he had found the set from Massachusetts, Tate was amazed. He took a trip with the priest to look at the windows before the purchase and said the journey was transforming.

“We get to this little town and we see this beautiful brick Romanesque style church,” Tate said. “I immediately felt: ‘The Holy Spirit has us here for some reason.’ And then we started looking at the windows and I was just amazed.”

Tate said it was very moving to look around the former church, now empty, and think about the immigrant families and others from the neighborhood who had worshiped there.

“It was an extremely loving experience to be there and witness those windows in that place, to feel a connectedness with those families and think that now we would transport the windows to another neighborhood where people would worship with them,” Tate said.

   

Bishop's calendar for January 2015

The following is Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone’s calendar for January:

Jan. 3—6 p.m., SEAS donor reception, St. Andrew Church, Myrtle Beach
Jan. 4—11 a.m., Mass, St. Andrew Church, Myrtle Beach
Jan. 10—11 a.m., Pro-life march and rally, Statehouse, Catholic youth rally and Mass, Township Auditorium
Jan. 12—9 a.m., Secretariat meeting, Education and Faith Formation offices, Charleston
Jan. 15—12:05 p.m., parish catechetical leader appreciation Mass and lunch, Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Charleston
Jan. 17—5:30 p.m., Celebration of Life Mass, 35th anniversary of Birthright of Columbia, St. Peter Church, Columbia
Jan. 19-22—Annual Convocation of Priests, Charleston
Jan. 25—4 p.m., LARCUM Prayer Service, College Place United Methodist Church, Columbia
Jan. 26—10 a.m., Mass, dedication of the St. John Paul II Chapel, St. Joseph’s Catholic School, Greenville; 7 p.m., Confirmation, Divine Saviour Church, York
Jan. 27—7 p.m., Confirmation, Jesus Our Risen Savior Church, Spartanburg
Jan. 28—7:30 a.m., Red Mass of the Holy Spirit, Catholic Day at the Capital, St. Joseph Church, Columbia; 7 p.m., Confirmation, St. John Neumann Church, Columbia
Jan. 29—10 a.m., Curia meeting, Charleston
Jan. 30
—10:30 a.m., Accounting & Finance Committee meeting, Charleston

   

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