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Daniel Island's new parish is named St. Clare of Assisi


Detail depicting Saint Clare from a fresco (1312–20) by Simone Martini in the Lower basilica of San Francesco, Assisi.DANIEL ISLAND—It’s official! The Catholic Community of Daniel Island has a new name, approved by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone on April 2.

From now on, the parish and eventual church will be known as St. Clare of Assisi.

St. Clare was a privileged daughter of a count who chose a life of poverty. She became a female counterpart to St. Francis and established the Order of the Poor Clares.

Father H. Gregory West, pastor, said St. Clare was the top vote-getter among parishioners and is a beautiful choice, as her name echoes the messages of Pope Francis regarding humility, prayerfulness, and a deep love for the Eucharist.

The process of finding a name started about a month ago, when the priest was first appointed founding pastor of the Daniel Island community. He said members of the community were asked to choose a unique name, one that was not already associated with another parish. When all the nominations were submitted, there were about 30 names, which were whittled down to 16 by the bishop.

Community members then voted on the 16, narrowing it down to the top three: St. Clare of Assisi, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Bernadette of Lourdes. A second vote gave the victory to St. Clare, which was approved by the bishop.

The community will be canonically established as St. Clare of Assisi parish on Easter Sunday and will celebrate their first Mass as a parish that morning at 9:30 a.m. in the Bishop England gym. Father West said Mass is usually celebrated in the school’s performing arts center.

The next step for the growing community is to establish a building committee to begin the search for land. Father West said it is not a given that the church will be located next to Bishop England.

“We have to think boldly and well beyond our own life span,” he said. “We expect this will become a very large parish.”



The Miscellany wins five SCPA awards

HILTON HEADŒ—The Catholic Miscellany received five awards from the South Carolina Press Association recently.

In the associate/individual newspaper category, the bi-weekly took second place for best newspaper publication.

Third place for best feature writing went to staff writers Amy Wise Taylor and Christina Lee Knauss for “Kids say the darndest things: Papal edition”; and third place for best sports reporting went to Taylor for “John Hawkins throws cancer out”.

Page designer Caroline Nelson received a second and third place award for best graphic design of “Class of 2013” and “Annual financial report”, respectively.

The awards were announced at the association’s annual meeting held March 22.

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People & events


Oyster roast
SUMMERVILLE—Summerville Catholic School will hold an oyster roast on April 5 from 6-10 p.m. Cost: $30 per family for four people or less, $15 individual. Tickets: (803) 873-9310.

‘Joy of the Gospel’ mission
GOOSE CREEK—Immaculate Conception Church, 510 St. James Ave., will hold a Lenten parish mission, “The Joy of the Gospel”, on April 6-9 at 7 p.m. Speakers include Tony Melendez and Brent Heiser. Additional sessions will be held after the 8:30 a.m. daily Mass, and April 7-9 at 2 p.m. Call the church, (843) 572-1270.

St. Joseph fish fry/bake
CHARLESTON—Knights of Columbus Council 10334 will hold a fish fry and bake each Friday through Lent at St. Joseph Church center, 1695 Wallenberg Blvd., from 5-7 p.m. with a bake sale by the ladies club.

YONGES ISLAND—St. Mary Church will participate in the April-In-Meggett Arts and Crafts show on April 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Meggett Town Hall, 4776 S.C. Highway 165. Features: local arts and crafts, plus antique tractors and cars, and food booths.

Italian gathering
CHARLESTON—The Sons of Italy West Ashley Lodge will sponsor an Italian Cultural Gathering on April 13 at 4 p.m. at St. Joseph Church family center, 1695 Wallenberg Blvd. Admission: covered dish or dessert to share. Beverages provided. Guest speaker: Bill Sharp, Channel 5 News anchor. Details: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Singles home and garden tour
AIKEN—Single, Single Again will take the St. Thaddeus Home and Garden Tour and hold a social on April 5 at 2 p.m. Cost: $25, or $20 each for 10 or more. RSVP: Karen Perry, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Jeanne Shanks, (803) 663-3839.

Corpus Christi Lenten dinners
LEXINGTON—Knights of Columbus will hold Lenten fish dinners on Fridays from 5-7:30 p.m. through April 11 at Corpus Christi Church, 2350 Augusta Highway. Adults $7, kids 10 and under $5, families of four or up $20.

Life in the Spirit retreat
COLUMBIA—Our Lady of the Hills will host a Life in the Spirit retreat on April 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the parish center, 120 Marydale Lane, followed by closing Mass at 5:30 p.m. To register before April 1 or for details, contact John Killilea, (803) 201-7900 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Women’s discernment retreat
WINNSBORO—A Spring Women’s Discernment Retreat will be held April 11-13 at White Oak Conference Center for single Catholic women ages 18-49. Register at www.Charleston or call the Office of Vocations, (800) 660- 4102.


‘Knight at the Ballpark’
MYRTLE BEACH—The Knights of Columbus will sponsor “A Knight at the Ballpark” for Pelican’s baseball on April 3 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $10. Tickets available at St. Andrew Church office, 3501 N. Kings Highway, until April 2.

Girl Scout religious medal retreat
MURRELLS INLET—A Girl Scout Catholic Religious Medal All-Day Retreat will be held for grades 2-6 on April 5 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with Mass at 4 p.m. at St. Michael Church, 542 Cypress Ave. Cost: $10. Register by April 3. Details: Kyle Myres, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (843) 421-3982.


‘Fiddler on the Roof’
GREENVILLE—St. Joseph’s Catholic School will present “Fiddler on the Roof” on April 4-5 at 7 p.m., and April 6 at 3 p.m. Tickets:

St. Mary testing
GREENVILLE—St. Mary School is accepting applications for the 2014-15 school year. The final admissions testing date is April 12, register by April 4. Contact: Nelle Palms, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (864) 679-4117.

Engaged Encounter weekends
SIMPSONVILLE—Upcoming Engaged Encounter weekends in English and Spanish will be held April 26-27 at St. Mary Magdalene. Registration: Details: (864) 232-1222.

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Colin Peterson is Knight of the Year

GEORGETOWN—Colin Peterson’s greatest joy is helping others and that’s why he joined the Knights of Columbus nearly 39 years ago.

The 64-year-old regularly helps serve meals and hand out food to people in need, visits the sick in hospitals, volunteers at Special Olympics and leads an annual Knights fundraiser for children with mental disabilities. Those are just a few of the good works that earned him the Sir Knight of the Year award at the 67th Exemplification held in Columbia in February. The honor is given annually to a fourth degree Knight who shows exceptional service and dedication to his parish, community and the organization.

“I always felt a need to do what I can to make things a little nicer for people in this world, and I found that in the Knights,” Peterson said. “There are always people in more need than we are, and there’s always time to do a little more for others.”

The Illinois native moved to Georgetown in the mid ’70s to work with International Paper. He joined the Knights at St. Mary Our Lady of Ransom Church. He is currently in his third term as Grand Knight of Council 3067 in Georgetown and also belongs to Assembly 3272, which covers Pawleys Island and Georgetown.

He is especially proud of his three-year stint as project chair for the Operation Hope fundraiser. Under his leadership, local Knights have raised about $13,000 a year for Special Olympics, the Georgetown County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs, and the JOY School in Murrells Inlet, a summer program for disabled children.

“It is so special to see what we can do for those children,” Peterson said. “If you could bottle up the joy they show in life and get it out to everybody in the world, it would make a big difference.”

He also promotes patriotism, one of the central values of the fourth degree. Peterson helps with the annual Flag Day Streets of Flags, placing American flags along major thoroughfares in Georgetown and distributing them to homeowners. He works with the Lions Club on the 9/11 Flags Between the Bridges program, participates in honor guards that march in local parades, and helps the local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter with the proper disposal of damaged flags.

Peterson’s wife, Sandra, works with him on a lot of his projects. The two were married in 2001, after he lost his first wife to cancer. Between them, they have four daughters and five grandchildren.

Bill Wichrowski has witnessed Peterson’s unselfishness firsthand in the nine years he has served alongside him in the Knights.

“The man has an inordinate amount of human energy and a heart as big as the state of South Carolina,” he said. “He has never turned away anybody in need. That’s just the way he is.”

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