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Spelling bee, essay champs

CHARLESTON—Carson Goodier, Joshua Ludlam and Brendan Elliott, all students at Charleston Catholic, earned first, second and third place, respectively, in the Diocese of Charleston Coastal Region Spelling Bee held at Christ Our King recently. Carson and Joshua will advance to the regional spelling bee sponsored by The Post and Courier.

Carson also won the essay contest at the South Carolina Beta Club Convention held in Myrtle Beach and will advance to the national competition to be held in June.

CN strikes a winning pose

COLUMBIA—Both the Cardinal Newman men’s and women’s bowling teams took home the South Carolina Independent School Association State Championship on Jan. 22. With a three-game total of 465, the men’s team defeated its nearest opponent by 20 pins. The women’s team also defeated its nearest opponent by 20 pins, finishing with a three-game total of 392. The championships are the first for the teams since their inception in the 2012-2013 season.

In other news, Will Eudy, the Cardinal's varsity soccer coach, was appointed as the school's new athletic director. He will retain his position as soccer coach.

Athletes sign with colleges

National signing day for high school athletes was held on Feb. 4, and several students from schools in the diocese received college offers.

COLUMBIA— At Cardinal Newman, three soccer players signed to play at the college level. They are: Christian Kirol, University of Kentucky; Cam Parker, Presbyterian College; and Jack Sicker, Wofford College.

GREENVILLE—At St. Joseph’s Catholic School, Andrew Burnikel signed to play soccer at Clemson University, and Jacob Milam signed to play football at Wofford College.

DANIEL ISLAND—At Bishop England, two lacrosse players signed letters of intent. They are: Jordan Mitchell, University of Mount Union, Ohio; and Taylor Kennington, North Greenville University.



Catholic Schools Week - in pictures

Diocesan schools celebrated Catholic Schools Week Jan. 27 through Feb. 2 with Masses and rosaries to honor their faith, open houses to promote the schools, and a multitude of activities for students, families, parishioners and the community at large – just to have fun.

Here are some photos submitted by schools across the state as they enjoyed the week.










































Presidential candidates on the abortion issue

President Barack Obama:
President Barack Obama has consistently made statements that he is pro-choice and supports a woman’s right to have an abortion. He also supports programs to help pregnant women and their children. An example, from his statement marking the anniversary of Roe v. Wade on Jan. 23, 2011: “I am committed to protecting this constitutional right. I also remain committed to policies, initiatives, and programs that help prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant women and mothers, encourage healthy relationships, and promote adoption.”

The Democratic Party’s 2012 platform lists “protecting a woman’s right to choose” as a social concern. Democrats say they strongly support Roe v. Wade and the right to a “safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay.”

The platform states: “Abortion is an intensely personal decision between a woman, her family, her doctor and her clergy; there is no place for politicians and government to get in the way.”

Democrats support reducing the number of unplanned pregnancies and abortions through access to health care and education, and call for increasing women’s access to affordable health care and programs to help women during pregnancy and after birth, including adoption programs. (

Mitt Romney:
Even though many have said the economy is the most important issue in voters’ minds this election cycle, the Republicans have kept up a discussion and focus on pro-life and social issues throughout the primary and general election cycle.

The party platform states that it affirms “the dignity of women by protecting the sanctity of human life. Numerous studies have shown that abortion endangers the health and well-being of women, and we stand firmly against it.”

The statement continues: “the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.” The platform supports a human life amendment to the U.S. constitution, which includes no exceptions for abortion in the case of rape or incest, or for the life and health of the mother.

Republican candidate Mitt Romney has a slightly different view from his party. In a September CBS news interview, he said: “My position has been clear throughout this campaign. I’m in favor of abortion being legal in the case of rape and incest, and the health and life of the mother.”


Jill Stein:
The Green Party candidate said she believes in protecting a woman’s right to choose. The party platform calls for access to clinics and the morning-after pill, and says clinics should offer consultations about abortion and provide the service to women “regardless of age or marital status.”

It calls for abortion coverage to be included in all health insurance policies, and says state governments should be able to offer the service free of charge to women at the poverty level.

The Green party also believes the government should not cut funds to programs abroad if they offer family planning services, including access to abortion.


Gary Johnson:
Libertarians in general believe the government should stay out of citizens’ personal decisions as much as possible.

In a 2011 interview, Johnson said: “I support women’s rights to choose up until viability of the fetus. I’ve supported the notion of parental notification. I’ve supported counseling and I’ve supported the notion that public funds not be used for abortions.”

The Libertarian platform states that “government should be kept out of the matter, leaving the question to each person for their conscientious consideration.”



Diocese of Charleston nondiscriminatory school policy notice

The schools in the Diocese of Charleston admit qualified students of any race, color, national origin, sex, or disability to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to the students at the schools.

The schools in the Diocese of Charleston do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or disability in administration of educational policies, admissions policies, local programs, athletic, and school administered programs.

The 2012-2013 diocesan schools and principals are:

Margauerite Wertz
St. Mary Help of Christians
118 York Street SE
Aiken, SC 29801

Mary Ann Wheeler
St. Joseph School
1200 Cornelia Road
Anderson, SC 29621

Joe Benning
St. Peter School
70 Lady’s Island Drive
Beaufort, SC 29907

Roseanne Tracy
Blessed Sacrament School
7 St. Teresa Drive
Charleston, SC 29407

Fred McKay
Charleston Catholic School
888-A King Street
Charleston, SC 29403

Patricia Dukes
Nativity School
1125 Pittsford Circle
Charleston, SC 29412

Barbara Cole
St. John Neumann School
721 Polo Road
Columbia, SC 29223

Sister Canice Adams, SSCM
St. Gregory the Great School
333 Fording Island Road
Bluffton, SC 29909

Rose Tindall
St. Joseph School
3700 Devine Street
Columbia, SC 29205

Sister Roberta Fulton, SSMN
St. Martin de Porres School
2225 Hampton Street
Columbia, SC 29204

Kathy Preston
St. Peter School
1035 Hampton Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Jim Anderson
St. Anthony School
2536 W. Hoffmeyer Road
Florence, SC 29501

Linda Cherry
St. Michael School
542 Cypress Avenue
Garden City, SC 29576

Marianne Tully
Our Lady of the Rosary School
2 James Drive
Greenville, SC 29605

Sister Catherine Noecker, OSF
St. Anthony of Padua School
309 Gower Street
Greenville, SC 29611

Sister Mary John Slonkosky, OP
St. Mary School
101 Hampton Ave.
Greenville, SC 29601

Peggy Vice
Divine Redeemer School
1104 Fort Drive
Hanahan, SC 29406

Brian Pope
St. Francis Catholic School
45 Beach City Road
Hilton Head, SC 29926

Sheila Durante
Holy Trinity School
1760 Living Stones Lane
Longs, SC 29568

Larry Oleksiak, Principal
Christ Our King/Stella Maris School
1183 Russell Drive
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Mary M. Halasz
St. Andrew School
3601 N. Kings Highway
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Stephen Hickey
Our Lady of Peace School
856 Old Edgefield Road
N. Augusta, SC 29841

Carole Anne White
St. John School
3921 St. John’s Ave.
N. Charleston, SC 29405

Father Fabio Refosco
St. Anne School
1698 Bird Street
Rock Hill, SC 29730

Patricia Lanthier
St. Paul the Apostle School
152 Alabama Street
Spartanburg, SC 29302

Lisa Tanner
Summerville Catholic School
226 Black Oak Blvd.
Summerville, SC 29485

Kristi Doyle
St. Anne School
11 S. Magnolia St.
Sumter, SC 29150

Michael Pennell, Ph.D.
Prince of Peace School
1209 Brushy Creek Road
Taylors, SC 29687

High schools

Michael Bolchoz
Bishop England High School
363 Seven Farms Drive
Charleston, SC 29492

Jacqualine Kasprowski
Cardinal Newman School
4701 Forest Drive
Columbia, SC 29206

Private Catholic schools

Keith Kiser, Headmaster
St. Joseph’s Catholic School
100 St. Joseph’s Drive
Greenville, SC 29607

Susan Lavergne
St. Francis Xavier High School
15 School Street
Sumter, SC 29150


St. Joe earns first baseball title

GREENVILLE—The varsity baseball team at St. Joseph’s Catholic School won their first state title in May by beating Lamar High School in the championship. The Knights finished an exciting year with a 25-1 record and the Region 2 1A state title.


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