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Sister Margie elected to religious order’s council
MELBOURNE, KY.—Sister Margie Verhoff of the Sisters of Divine Providence was elected recently as councilor to her order’s leadership council. She has served in this role and as province treasurer in the past. She is involved in ministry with women in South Carolina.



Knights and Ladies of Peter Claver receive awards at convention
CHARLESTON—The Knights of Peter Claver, Inc., the African-American Catholic fraternal order, held its 99th annual national convention July 25-30 at the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center in Mobile, Ala.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Court 110 and St. Peter Council 110 from St. Patrick Church in Charleston received several awards and honors. Lady Vertelle A. Kenion was re-elected to a second term as Supreme Lady of the Ladies Auxiliary Division. Lady Barbara J. Birds was installed for a second term as district deputy of the Gulf Coast States. Lady Francena Rogers received the Silver Medal of Merit, one of the highest awards given for outstanding service to the order, Church and community.

Other notable awards for Court 110 included the Court of the Year Award and the Credentials Award of Excellence. Junior Court 110 was awarded a $750 micro-grant from the KPC Foundation to help fund their continuing projects supporting families at the Ronald McDonald House in Charleston. St. Peter Council 110 and the Junior Daughters received expansion awards.

Knights raise funds for ultrasounds
CAMDEN—Knights of Columbus Council 9672 is raising funds for the acquisition of an ultrasound machine that will help the Midlands Women’s Center of Camden provide for the health of mother and child. The Knights Supreme Council will provide matching funds. Council 9672, Midlands Women Center, Oak Ridge Baptist Church, and the Columbiettes Council 9672 held a fundraising dinner to raise $3,800.

Council 12263 donates $10,000
BLUFFTON—Knights of Columbus Council 12263 recently presented $10,000 to Sister Pamela Smith, SSCM, principal of John Paul II Catholic School, and Msgr. Ronald R. Cellini, V.F., school president. The proceeds were raised at a golf outing sponsored by the Knights and OC Welch Ford Lincoln at Callawassie Island Golf Club to benefit the school.

Thirty-seven instituted as acolytes
COLUMBIA—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone conferred the ministry of acolyte on 37 men studying for the permanent diaconate at a Mass on Sept. 20 in St. Peter Church. The men are projected to be ordained in 2016. Thirteen men were also instituted into the ministry of lector, they are projected to be ordained in 2017. Acolytes assist the priest or bishop at the altar.


Knights Council 9576 donate Casey bears
PICKENS—Knights of Columbus Council 9576 presented the Pickens Fire Chiefs’ Association with 72 Casey bears recently. Each unit in Pickens County will carry the bears, which are given to young children after a  re or other catastrophic event. Local parishes donated to the project. From left are: Anthony Kwietniewski, Grand Knight; Joe Weidemann, Casey Bear project chairman; Kevin McClain, assistant chief of Vineyards Fire Department; and Michael Barrett, chief of Six Mile Fire Department.

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Lisa Saguto receives Georgetown Knights catholicity award
GEORGETOWN—Lisa Saguto, a parishioner of Precious Blood of Christ Church and recent graduate of Waccamaw High School, received the Georgetown County Catholicity Award from Knights of Columbus Assembly 3272 on Aug. 29. The award recognizes local Catholic youth who best exemplify love of God, Church and country. The recipient is entered into the statewide competition. Ron Gilbert, Faithful Navigator, presented the award to Lisa in a ceremony. She is the daughter of Donna and Mike Saguto.




Lotts and Rogers make Eagle Scout
GREENVILLE—Shane Lotts and Blake Rogers recently earned their Eagle Scout Award.

Shane is a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Troop 707. His Eagle Project involved building a gazebo at St. Joseph’s Catholic School, where he is a senior. It will house a shrine to St. Joseph. He spent more than 164 hours working on his project.


Blake is a member of St. Mary Troop 521 and a sophomore at St. Joseph’s. He designed and built a prayer garden at St. Rafka Maronite Church for his project. He raised funds for all of the materials, restored a 100-year-old statue of Mary and installed an urn fountain.

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A close-knit prayer shawl ministry
EASLEY—The St. Luke women’s organization has begun a new prayer shawl ministry. The group meets monthly to crochet, knit or fringe shawls that are then given to people in need. The ladies of St. Luke believe that this is a good way to return God-given blessings and pray as they work that the crafts will bring comfort to the recipient.


Jared Jackson awarded OLM scholarship
JAMES ISLAND—Jared Jackson, a graduate of Divine Redeemer School in Hanahan, was awarded a tuition scholarship to Bishop England High School from the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy recently. Pictured (left to right) are Bonifacia Jackson, Jared, Sister Mary Joseph Ritter, OLM, and Clarence Jackson. The scholarship is renewable each year upon completion of specific criteria. The religious community taught at the school and the scholarship is an expression of their legacy to Bishop England and commitment to Catholic education.

Book inspires St. Patrick to take action
CHARLESTON—On Aug. 9, St. Patrick Church held its first book discussion session based on Matthew Kelly’s book, “The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic.” The two-hour session was facilitated by Terry Brown. The book was introduced to the parish in April by Father Henry Kulah, pastor, who made copies available to all members of the church. He encouraged everyone to read the book and try to put it into action.

Using statistics from his research, Kelly’s book states that only 7 percent of Catholic parishioners are fully involved in their faith community and paying entirely for its maintenance and mission. He states, however, that the small percentage can be overcome if Catholics embrace more completely the four signs of a dynamic Catholic: prayer, study, generosity and evangelization.

St. Patrick members plan to hold additional sessions to discuss how the parish can best use the four characteristics to inspire and motivate parishioners to become more involved in the mission of the church and seek ways to renew the parish.

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St. Joseph parishioner writes ‘The Fairy Clan of Phenloris’
COLUMBIA—Brighton Publishing recently released the paperback version of “The Fairy Clan of Phenloris,” written by Theresa Grant, a choir member and cantor at St. Joseph Church.

The book is for ages 13 to adult and is also available as an ebook.

Find out more at

Rogers is youth of the year for Knights Council 13112
GREENVILLE—Blake Rogers was chosen as the 2014 Youth of the Year by Knights of Columbus Council 13112. Greg Moody, the Grand Knight, presented the award at a ceremony July 10 at St. Mary Church.

Blake was recognized for his volunteer service at his church’s monthly breakfasts and his dedication as an altar server and Boy Scout. He was praised for building a prayer garden at St. Rafka’s Maronite Church for his Eagle Scout project, and for his academic achievement at St. Joseph’s Catholic School, where he is a rising sophomore. He is the son of Frank and Sandy Rogers of Taylors.

Knights’ Project HOPE helps people with special needs around the state
COLUMBIA—The Knights of Columbus HOPE Foundation presented a check for $5,000 to the Burton Center for Disabilities and Special Needs on July 12. The donation will be used for a specialized wheelchair. The non-profit, multi county agency provides services for over 1,000 people with disabilities and special needs in Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Lexington, McCormick and Saluda counties.

The Knights also gave checks of $5,000 each to Pee Dee Center, Thad E. Saleeby Center, Washington Center, Berkeley Citizens, Inc., Marlboro County Disabilities, The Joy University, Camp HOPE, and Special Olympics of South Carolina.

The Knights raised more than $300,000 from its 2013 Operation HOPE drives held in South Carolina.

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Harwood publishes book on Magnolia Cemetery and offers presentation
SUMMERVILLE—Patrick Harwood, a member of St. John the Beloved Church, gave a presentation June 26 about his book, “In the Arms of Angels: Magnolia Cemetery — Charleston’s Treasure of History, Mystery and Artistry”. About 25 parishioners attended the talk that featured Magnolia Cemetery’s monuments, memorials, symbols, epitaphs and people. He also presented Sister Carol Gnau with copies of his two self-published books about Magnolia Cemetery for the school library. For information about his presentations or books contact him at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (843) 224-3112.



St. Joseph Church group attends the eucharistic congress in Atlanta
COLUMBIA—A small group from St. Joseph Church traveled to Atlanta to join thousands of other Catholics from the Southeast to pray in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and be enriched by speakers from around the world at the annual eucharistic congress held June 20-21 in Atlanta.

The theme was “Go and make disciples” (Mt 28:19). Christie Henkel from St. Joseph parish was one of the attendees. The congress was a way for Catholics to gather in community and share the joy
and power of the real presence, she wrote in a press release. The focus on discipleship stressed the need to know, live, and share the Catholic faith, she said, adding that the new evangelization requires all to be “followers of Jesus, not fans of Jesus.” Catholics come to Jesus in the Eucharist in order to be strengthened in their faith and then are called to go out and share that faith, radiating Jesus’ love to others, she said. The congress concluded with the Vigil Mass for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, celebrated by Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta.



St. Francis awards
ANDERSON—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone presented the St. Francis Medal to three couples and three individuals on June 18 at St. Joseph Church. The award is given by the Franciscan Order to people who have given dedicated service to the Church in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi. The recipients were: Ann Friend, Ted and Dot Bismack, Frank and Dolores Surdyka, Rosemary Gregory, Darcy and Keith Crenshaw, and Mary Ann Wheeler. They are pictured with Brothers Henry Fulmer and John Ahearn, and Fathers Ignatius Smith and Aubrey McNeil.




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Knights visit 3rd Aviation Brigade
HILTON HEAD ISLAND—The Knights of Columbus Assembly 2280 were recently invited by the 3rd Aviation Brigade at Hunter Army Airfield to see their behind-the-scenes operation. They toured various aircraft and were shown some of the weapons used by military personnel. They also had lunch with the troops and enjoyed getting to know some of the soldiers who defend the country.

Stephen Ministers commissioned
SIMPSONVILLE—Father Teofilo Trujillo, pastor of St. Mary Magdalene Church, commissioned the parish’s third class of Stephen Ministers. They now have 18 people trained and a leader team committed to ongoing education and awareness, and identifying and serving parishioners who find themselves going through a difficult time in their lives.

Knights donate to Special Olympics
LAKE WYLIE—Knights of Columbus Council 14475 recently presented a check to the Clover Area Special Olympics for over $4,500 from their Operation Hope drive, conducted outside local area businesses, including Bi-Lo and Food Lion supermarkets in Lake Wylie and Clover, the Lake Wylie Walmart, Bagel Boat, Jersey Mike’s, and Waffle House.

Patti Myers, coordinator for the Clover Area Special Olympics, said the money helps the expansion of ‘Unified Program’ events in Clover schools, defrays the cost of transporting athletes to and from events, and helps purchase uniforms and equipment.

The Special Olympics Unified Program teams intellectually disabled athletes with non-disabled partners to compete in sporting events.

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People & events


Ordination of Deacon Heredia
CHARLESTON—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone will ordain Deacon Javier Heredia to the priesthood on May 30 at 6 p.m. in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, located at 120 Broad St. All are welcome to attend.

Father Wagner celebrates 65th
SEABROOK ISLAND—Father Leon Wagner recently celebrated his 65th anniversary to the priesthood. The retired priest currently assists Msgr. Charles Rowland, pastor of Holy Spirit Church on Johns Island.

Ordained on May 7, 1949, by Cardinal Samuel Stritch at St. Joseph’s Church in Wilmet, Ill., Father Wagner served in six parishes in the Diocese of Chicago. He spent 17 years of his priestly ministry at St. Mary Church in Riverside, Ill.

Upon his retirement, he moved to Seabrook and has served many parishes in the Charleston area, from Bonneau to Edisto.

Golf with the Saints tournament
CHARLESTON—Charleston Catholic School will hold its fifth annual Golf with the Saints tournament on June 2 at 2 p.m. at the Ocean Winds Course on Seabrook Island. A pig pickin' sponsored by Rosebank Farms and Irvin Vineyard will begin at noon, prior to the tournament's shotgun start. Cost: $100 per player, includes lunch and cart. Proceeds benefit St. Jude's tuition assistance. Details: contact Ronnie Richter, (843) 834-2130 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

BEHS reunions for 1974 and 1984
CHARLESTON—Bishop England High School’s class of 1974 will hold their 40th reunion on July 26 at 6:30 p.m. aboard the USS Yorktown. Details: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The class of 1984 will hold their 30-year reunion Oct. 10- 11. Information: Facebook page – Bishop England Class of 1984 - 30 Year Reunion, or email Mary Anne Bolchoz Tucker, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Knights golf outing
BLUFFTON—Knights of Columbus will hold a golf outing June 23 at 10 a.m. at Callawassie Island Golf Club to benefit John Paul II High School. Cost: $125. Contact: Lew Guiller, (843) 705-5393, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Joe Gariti, (843) 705-7562, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Book and gift fair
HARDEEVILLE—The St. Anthony women’s group will hold a book and gift fair June 28-29 in the hall behind the mission at 1 Charles St. The hours June 28 are noon to 4 p.m. and after the 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Masses, and on June 29 after the 8:15 a.m. Mass until 11:30 a.m.


Free lunch/indoor yard sale
YORK—Divine Saviour Church, 232 Herndon Ave., will serve a free lunch on May 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. as part of a monthly outreach. Also, the women of Divine Saviour will hold their annual indoor yard sale on May 31 from 7 a.m. to noon in the parish center. Donations may be dropped off May 27-30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Call the church, (803) 684-3431.

Big Band Night
COLUMBIA—St. Joseph’s Senior Life Ministry will host Big Band Night, with dining, dancing and fellowship, on June 13 from 5:30-9 p.m. in the church hall, 3600 Devine St. Bob Knox and the Blue Serenade Orchestra will play. Tickets: $15. Call Sister Julienne Guy, (803) 540-1901.

Aquinas High School placement
NORTH AUGUSTA—The Aquinas High School placement test for incoming freshmen for the 2014-2015 school year will be June 4 from 9 a.m. to noon. Pre-registration required. Call the school, (706) 736-5516. Details:

St. Peter school info
COLUMBIA—St. Peter School will hold a 60-minute info session for parents with Kathy Preston, principal, on June 10 at 6 p.m. at 1035 Hampton St. Tour included. Sign up: Emily Hero, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (803) 779-0036.

Nonprofit leadership programs
COLUMBIA—The Sisters of Charity Foundation will sponsor two programs geared toward leaders in the nonprofit sector. The Nonprofit Leadership Training Certificate Program and the Nonprofit Leadership Development Program can be taken for college credit and vary in length. Details: or Katrina Spigner, (803) 254-0230, ext. 15.

Host exchange students
COLUMBIA—Cardinal Newman School is looking for host families who will open their homes to Chinese exchange students for the 2014-2015 school year. The Diocese of Charleston has contracted Three W International to bring highly qualified students to Catholic schools across the state. Contact the admissions director at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (803)782-2814, ext. 11.


Mexican dinner dance
MURRELLS INLET—The Respect Life Committee at St. Michael Church will hold a Mexican Dinner Dance on May 24 from 7-10 p.m. in the Duffy Center, 542 Cypress Ave. Tickets are available at the church office or call Terry Borkes, (843) 650-8828.

‘Santacruzan’ celebration
MURRELLS INLET— The Filipino Community of the Grand Strand will hold a “Santacruzan” celebration honoring Mary at St. Michael Church, 542 Cypress Ave., on May 31 with Mass at 6 p.m. followed by a procession, rosary and reception in the parish center.

Marriage Encounter
MYRTLE BEACH—Enrich your marriage at the next Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend on Oct. 3-5 in Myrtle Beach. Apply early. Details: (803) 810-9602 or


St. Joseph’s summer camps
GREENVILLE—St. Joseph’s Catholic School will hold a variety of summer athletic camps. Offerings include: speed and agility, football, basketball, lacrosse, baseball, tennis, cheerleading, soccer, softball and volleyball. All will be held on campus and are open to the community. Register at


Carowinds Catholic Family Day
The Diocese of Charleston Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry will host a Carolinas Catholic Family Day at Carowinds on July 27 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The bishops of the Carolinas will celebrate Mass, which will be followed by a picnic. The cost is $45 for ages 3 and up, which includes admission and lunch. Register before July 11. Details:

Sister Loretta’s jubilee
SINSINAWA, WIS.—Dominican Sister Loretta Zemaitis will celebrate her 70th jubilee on June 8 with a Mass in Queen of the Rosary Chapel at Sinsinawa Mound, along with eight other Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters. Her religious name was Sister Mary Nathan. She taught adult religious education and served as the director of religious education at St. Martin de Porres Church in Columbia, S.C, from 1980-1983. To honor Sister Loretta on her jubilee, visit

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St. Gerard wins trophy for float

AIKEN--St Gerard Church was awarded a trophy for the religious entry in the Aiken Christmas parade. The float theme was Joy to the World the Angels Sing. Sunday school students and instructors were dressed as shepherds and angels. 

This is the second year that St Gerard had a float in the parade.

Submitted by Wayman J. Johnson


Upstate Catholic and Baptist churches mark anniversary of Emancipation Proclamation


GREENVILLE—Twenty-three people from St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church and Longbranch Baptist Church of Greenville joined forces to mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 22.

St. Anthony's pastor, Franciscan Father Patrick Tuttle, chauffered the parish bus which carried the representatives to Furman University for a lecture on "Visualizing Emancipation" by Edward Ayers, historian and president of the University of Richmond.  The talk was the last in a series sponsored by Furman and the Upcountry Historical Museum to mark the anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's Jan. 1, 1863, action freeing 3.1 million African-American slaves in the South.

St. Anthony's bus was equipped with a selection of rousing African American Spirituals and the travelers sang joyfully along the way.

Ayers presented a historical context of the proclamation, noting that it was unexpected by most. He said the recent blockbuster movie "Lincoln" understated the rancor and dissension that gripped the country at the time in both the North and the South.  He said the presidential decree freeing the slaves would probably not have occurred if the Southern states had not taken the drastic step of seceding from the Union.

Ayers also noted that slaves in the Kentucky, which remained in the Union, were not affected by the release which only applied to the states in rebellion. He said the whole event seemed small in the perspective to the next 100 years of segregation, discrimination, unemployment, and poverty that gripped blacks in the South. In response to a question from Jesse Bowens of St. Anthony about the real impact of the proclamation, he responded that one key result that should never be forgotten was that "no one could ever again sell your children."

After the presentation and Q&A period, the attendees from the two churches repaired to a nearby mountain — "Yogurt Mountain" that is — for refreshments and fellowship hosted by St. Anthony before boarding the bus and again joining together in song as they made their way home.

Submitted by Don Kilburg


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