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Holy Trinity celebrates library
LONGS—Holy Trinity School dedicated its new library in memory of Dr. Russell R. Burgess, a longtime friend and supporter. The new library was constructed in what was the school cafeteria and contains approximately 4,000 books, videos, CDs and other materials. It was funded through the donations of parents, friends and parishioners of Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, plus the many volunteers who helped prepare the room for construction. Father D. Anthony Droze, pastor, blessed the library at the dedication ceremony held in early December.

Auction helps fund learning
COLUMBIA—St. John Neumann raised over $100,000 at its 25th annual auction recently. Funds from ‘A Silver Celebration’ will be used for tuition assistance and to purchase science equipment, items for the Green School program, scholarships, textbooks, library needs, and more.

St. Anthony earns Dabo grant
GREENVILLE—St. Anthony of Padua School received a $5,000 grant from Dabo’s All In Team Foundation at Clemson University. The grant will support the St. Anthony Parent University, a new program designed to show parents and caregivers how to support their child’s learning, and an overview of the curriculum and learning expectations for each grade level.

Armstrong earns Eagle Scout
FLORENCE—Creighton Armstrong of Boy Scout Troop 490 earned the rank of Eagle Scout recently. He is the son of Deacon Regi and Hsin Yi Armstrong and is a senior at Wilson High School. His service project was to make 12 T-stools, one-legged seats designed to promote balance, for Lester Elementary School’s autism program.

St. Mary celebrates the Feast of St. Nicholas










GREENVILLE--The kindergarten students at St. Mary celebrated the Feast of St. Nicholas recently. They learned about the life of St. Nicholas -- the Bishop of Myra -- who dedicated his life to the poor. Students decorated the bishop's hat as part of the festivities.


Christmas in Carolina















Catholic schools find a multitude of ways to celebrate the birth of Christ. Some schools participate in the giant Christmas card competition held at the Charleston County Park’s Festival of Lights each year from Nov. 14 to Jan. 1. This year, art students from Charleston Catholic shared their Christmas card creation with The Miscellany. Students at Summerville Catholic have also participated in the display.

Other schools create cards and ornaments. St. Peter in Columbia has a collection of Christmas cards featuring five student designs that are available for purchase at the school.



School notes

Armstrong earns Eagle Scout badge

FLORENCE—Creighton Armstrong, a member of St. Anthony Church Troop 490, received his Eagle Scout rank recently. For his Eagle Scout project, Creighton made T-stools for autistic children. T-stools are one-legged stools designed to improve balance. He donated 12 T-stools to Lester Elementary School and their autism program in honor of his younger brother, Godric, who is autistic and has Sensory Processing Disorder. Creighton is the son of Deacon Regi and Hsin Yi Armstrong and is a senior at Wilson High School, where he is a member of Air Force JROTC.

A time of giving

ANDERSON/MOUNT PLEASANT--The holiday season is an especially busy time for giving as schools around the diocese participate in a variety of outreach activities. Students write letters to veterans, visit senior citizens, raise money and supplies for animal shelters and much more.

Two schools that shared their stories with The Miscellany are St. Joseph in Anderson and Christ Our King-Stella Maris in Mount Pleasant.

The students at St. Joseph participated in a tradition that began over 20 years ago by contributing food items for Thanksgiving boxes and delivering them to needy families in the area. Pictured are several sixth-grade students who are assembling the boxes before delivery.

At Christ Our King, the sixth-grade religion class led the student body in creating 194 Christmas boxes for children living in extreme poverty so they may also experience the joy of Christ's birth. The boxes for Operation Christmas Child not only give a gift to a child, but each one also contains gospel stories in their own language.

Thanks for a good harvest

GREENVILLE--Kindergarten students from St. Mary School re-enact the Thanksgiving meal that was shared between pilgrims and American Indians at the original harvest celebration held in Plymouth, Mass., in 1621.











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Saints Alive












SUMMERVILLE—Father Timothy Akanson, parochial vicar of St. John the Beloved, joins the Saints at Summerville Catholic School to celebrate Mass and watch the All Saints Day parade. Officially the Solemnity of All Saints, the liturgical celebration is held on Nov. 1 to commemorate all those who have attained the beatific vision in heaven.

BLUFFTON—Students from the second-grade, sacramental class at St. Gregory the Great follow the tradition of honoring their favorite saint on All Saints Day. Since the Holy Day, which is honored on Nov. 1, fell on a weekend this year, a special school Mass was held on Nov. 4. During the Mass, the children told the congregation some interesting facts about their chosen saint. Pictured are: (front row, left to right) St. James the Greater, St. Emma, St. Bridget of Sweden, St. Rose of Lima, St. Monica, St. Clare, St. Bonaventure, St. Kateri Tekawitha, and (middle row) St. Sebastian, St. Philomena, St. Elizabeth, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. John Paul II, St. Peter, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Gregory the Great, and (back row) St. Joseph, St. Gertrude, St. Andrew, St. Dominic, St. Francis de Sales, St. Philip Neri, St. Aidan and St. Patrick.











GREENVILLE—A group of fifth-graders from St. Mary in Greenville show off their costumes as part of the school's annual Saints Museum. Pictured are: St. Elizabeth of Hungary (Abby DeStefani), St. Therese (Madeline Manning), St. Dominic Savio (Nick Valenti), St. Helena (Jane Poinsette), and St. Michael the Archangel (Will Lovin).

Feasting with St. John Paul II

RIDGELAND—A special outdoor Mass on the Feast Day of St. John Paul II was celebrated on Oct. 22 at his Lowcountry namesake school, John Paul II Catholic School. The Mass was concelebrated by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone, Msgr. Ronald Cellini, school president and pastor of St. Gregory the Great, and Fathers Renaurd West and Marek Sotek, parochial vicars of St. Gregory the Great. After Mass, a brunch was held in the school and the kickoff to fundraising for the future athletic center was announced.

Notre Dame Club gives to schools

BLUFFTON—At their 2014 annual Communion Breakfast, the Notre Dame Club of Hilton Head awarded $12,000 in scholarship money to students at local Catholic Schools. John Paul II received $8,000 in scholarship money, while St. Francis and St. Gregory the Great each received $2,000.

Cardinal Newman shakes it up with fundraising award

COLUMBIA—The Cardinal Newman Dance Marathon twirled away with the 2014 Association of Fundraising Professionals Outstanding Youth Group Award. The student-led dance marathon has raised over $90,000 for Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital over the last three years. In addition to participating in an eight-hour marathon, students seek sponsors, host garage sales and organize dinners to raise funds. The award will be presented at The National Philanthropy Day luncheon on Nov. 13 at 11:30 a.m. at The Medallion Center.

JPII wins math meet

RIDGELAND—The numbers added up to winning scores for John Paul II students at the South Carolina Independent School Association Math Meet on Oct. 29 in Sumter. Meaghan Lyons earned first place overall, Joseph Kelley took third, and Isaiah Chase placed seventh. The math team also won the first place trophy for all of Division II.

Schools dig deep for diocesan volleyball victory

SOUTH CAROLINA—Volleyball teams from across the state competed for bragging rights at the fourth annual Diocese of Charleston Youth State Volleyball tournament held at Summerville Catholic on Oct. 17-18. Jean Fox, school athletic director, said 17 teams participated in the tournament, including squads from Summerville Catholic; St. Francis, Hilton Head; Our Lady of Peace, North Augusta; St. Gregory the Great, Bluffton; St. John Paul II, Ridgeland; St. Mary Help of Christians, Aiken; St. Mary, Greenville; St. Michael, Murrells Inlet; St. Andrew, Myrtle Beach; Divine Redeemer, Hanahan; and Charleston Catholic, Blessed Sacrament and Nativity, Charleston. The overall winner in the junior bracket was St. Mary of Greenville, with St. Mary Help of Christians earning second place. The tournament champion and winner of the senior gold bracket was St. Mary of Aiken with St. Mary of Greenville finishing as runner up. The silver bracket was won by St. Francis and the bronze by St. Michael.

See more photos of the tournament here.

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All creatures great and small
BLUFFTON—Schools and parishes opened their lawns and hearts for their annual pet blessings as a way to celebrate the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. Above, students from St. Gregory the Great School brought their animals — both real and stuffed — to receive a blessing from Father Marek Sotek, parochial vicar of St. Gregory the Great Church. This year marked a first for the parish when the Guarisco family led their horse, Max, up for his blessing. The school has had some big dogs in attendance before, but never an actual horse.

Prince of Peace earns Blue Ribbon status

TAYLORS—Prince of Peace School was recently named a 2014 Blue Ribbon School of excellence by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. It is one of six schools in South Carolina, and one of 50 private schools in the nation to receive the honor. Michael Pennell, principal, will receive the award Nov. 10-11 in Washington, D.C.

Cardinal Newman gets pink

COLUMBIA—The Cardinal Newman varsity volleyball team and swim team did their part to support breast cancer awareness and research. The volleyball players participated in the 12th annual Dig Pink event hosted by Camden High School, which included a silent auction, a hair cutting station for Locks of Love, and more. The swimmers devoted their practice to swimming breaststroke for two hours to raise money for breast cancer research. They requested donations for the number of lengths they swam or a one-time gift. The combined total was 52,000 yards and $1,000 for breast cancer research.

JPII swimmers tops at meet

RIDGELAND— Meaghan Lyons and Sam Villalobos from John Paul II churned out top-scoring times at the SCISA State Championship Swim Meet held Oct. 4 at the Augusta Aquatic Center. Meaghan became the 2014-2015 A-AA State Champion in the female 100-yard breaststroke, giving the school its very first state title. Sam was runner-up in the state in the male 100-yard breaststroke. Over 400 swimmers in grades 6-12 competed in the meet. Sam and Meaghan also swam the 200-yard individual medley with Meaghan placing second and Sam fourth. Overall, Meaghan tied for second place in the A-AA female division and earned All-State Status (top 10 in the state) for the second consecutive year.

Bishop England is turning 100!

CHARLESTON—Bishop England High School unveils the logo for its 100th anniversary, which will be celebrated in 2015. The main celebration will happen the weekend of Sept. 25-27, 2015, with a golf tournament, homecoming and football game, a family festival, adult dance, and Mass. For details, visit


Students enjoy "Pete the Cat"

COLUMBIA—St. John Neumann hosted its second — hopefully annual — author visit for its students, plus those from St. Peter and St. Joseph schools. This year featured James and Kimberly Dean, authors and illustrators of the children's book series Pete the Cat. After the presentation and several activities, the authors signed books for the children.



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Stars and Stripes at the fort

CHARLESTON--A group of fifth-grade students from Charleston Catholic enjoyed a unique opportunity to help raise the flag at Fort Sumter during a history outing recently.

Students compete for national merit scholarships

DIOCESE—The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has named a number of students from the Diocese of Charleston as semi-finalists in its annual competition.

National Merit Semifinalists rank in the top one percent of high school seniors while Commended Students rank in the top five percent.

At Bishop England High School in Charleston, Thomas Hanahan, Elizabeth Blackwood and Preston Manning were all chosen as National Merit Semifinalists; and Hannah Goeldi was recognized as a Commended Student.

At Cardinal Newman School in Columbia, Angelica Robichaud was named a National Merit Semifinalist, and Alex Cunningham is a Commended Student.

At St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Greenville, Philip Coburn, Keyes Gilmer, Paul List, Patrick McLear and William Tierney were named National Merit Semifinalists. Julian Hodge and Charles Vandross were named National Achievement Semifinalists, which is an academic competition established in 1964 to provide recognition for outstanding Black American high school students. Glenn Andrew, Christopher Baumgarten, Gunnar Johanning and Brooks McCoy were named Commended Students.

Sister Pamela Smith, principal of John Paul II School in Ridgeland, the newest diocesan school, noted that they are not eligible to participate in the competition this year, as the new school only goes up to the 10th grade right now.

St. Anthony earns grants

GREENVILLE—St. Anthony of Padua School received two grants from the Catholic Negro American Mission Board. One is for $500 to update and enhance the religious section of the library, and another for $12,000 to assist with teacher salaries.

St. Paul taps first award recipients

SPARTANBURG—Sabrina Roche, an eighth-grader at St. Paul the Apostle, earned the very first Society of St. Paul the Apostle Scholarship, which will be given out on an annual basis. The scholarship recipient is selected
based on academic excellence, Catholic values and community service, and must embody the values and leadership exemplified by Father John J. Monahan, the first pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Church. The award was presented at the society’s annual dinner held at the Piedmont Club, where they also honored Virginia New, the most senior member; and Father Timothy M. Gahan, pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Church, who received the Rev. John J. Monahan Visionary Award. The mission of the society is to support the parish and community through outreach and good will.

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