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Bishop’s dog, Mickey, dies at 18
CHARLESTON—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone’s beloved canine companion, Mickey, died June 11 at age 18.

Mickey was received with great warmth by adults and children in his New York home at the Diocese of Rockville Centre and when he came to the Diocese of Charleston in 2009.

The bishop adopted the stray pup 17 years ago.

Bishop Guglielmone would be grateful that instead of cards and flowers, messages of condolence be made only in the form of prayer.

The bishop will not seek out another dog at this time and well-intentioned sympathizers are respectfully asked not to attempt to gift him with a new one.

Pro-life rosary
CHARLESTON—Father Artur D. Przywara, parochial vicar at St. Theresa the Little Flower Church, will lead a pro-life rosary and prayers July 19 from 8-9 a.m. at 1312 Ashley River Road. Call Stephen Boyle, (843) 763-0681.


Seminar on nuptial theology
BLUFFTON—Father David Nerbun, parochial vicar at St. Gregory the Great Church, will give a summer seminar on the Pharisee, Nicodemus, in the Gospel of John, on July 28-31 from 3-5 p.m. in St. Andrew Hall. The course will discuss specifics of Johannine nuptial theology and show how St. John develops and uses the character of Nicodemus to unveil how we are called to share in the nuptial love of Christ, which culminates in rebirth at the foot of the Cross on Calvary. Call the church to register, (843) 815-3100. Space is limited.


St. Peter School info session
COLUMBIA—St. Peter School will hold a 60-minute info session for parents on July 22 at 6 p.m. at the school, 1035 Hampton St. To attend, contact Emily Hero, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or (803) 779-0036.

Father Thalakulam at Vatican
MURPHY VILLAGE—Father Cherian Thalakulam, CMI, pastor of St. Edward the Confessor Church, attended the world meeting of bishops and national directors of ministry to Gypsy and Traveler communities held in June at the Vatican. The representatives from 26 countries met with the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Itinerant Peoples and had an audience with Pope Francis. In the meeting, “The Church and gypsies: proclaiming the Gospel in the peripheries,” the pontiff called for a new pastoral approach from the Church, saying local, national and international groups need to identify projects to improve quality of life.

Family day at Carowinds
ROCK HILL—Join the Catholic Bishops of the Carolinas for the second annual Catholic Family Day at Carowinds on July 27 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Cost: $45 per person includes admission, Mass in the theater from 10:30-11:45 a.m. and picnic lunch at noon. Make checks payable to Diocese of Charleston. Deadline for ordering tickets is July 11. Details: www.sccatholic.org/youthand-young-adultministry, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Lunch in the Tea Room
COLUMBIA—St. Joseph Church women’s society will host a Tea Room Lunch on July 23 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with all proceeds going to Birthright. Cost: minimum of $10.

Engaged Encounter weekend
ROCK HILL—An Engaged Encounter weekend will be held Aug. 15-17 at The Oratory. To register, visit cee-sc.org. Details: (864) 232-1222.

Secular Carmelites
COLUMBIA—The Order of Carmelites Discalced Secular will begin formation classes in January 2015. Those interested in joining formation for the community of lay persons who live according to the spirit of the Order of Discalced Carmelites must visit the group by the end of December. Meetings are held on the fourth Sunday of the month from 1:30-5 p.m. at Good Shepherd Church, 809 Calhoun St. Roman Catholics over 18, participating fully in the sacramental life of the church, can contact Sharon Crocker, (803) 309-2480 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


July 4 celebration
PAWLEYS ISLAND—The annual Pawleys Island Fourth of July Celebration will be at 6 p.m. in Precious Blood of Christ Church center, 1633 Waverly Road. Featuring the Pawleys Island Concert Band with food and drinks for purchase. Doors open at 5 p.m. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus Assembly 3272 and Council 11028.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter
MYRTLE BEACH—Restore, renew and rekindle your marriage at an upcoming Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. The next weekend is Oct. 3-5. Apply early. Details: scmarriagematters.org or (803) 810-9602.


Job workshop
CLEMSON—A Work Forward workshop will be held July 14-18 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at St. Andrew Church hall, 209 Sloan St. Improve your job search skills, resume and more. Free instruction and materials. Contact Sandy Kluck, (864) 944-9592 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Rachel’s Vineyard
GREENVILLE—Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats help acknowledge and work through unresolved feelings that individuals struggle with after abortion. The next retreat will be Aug. 15-17. Registration and information: (803) 554-6088 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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The Miscellany wins seven Catholic Press Awards

CHARLOTTE—The Miscellany received seven national Catholic Press Awards during the annual Catholic Media Convention held June 18-20.

​Amy Wise Taylor won second place in Best Reporting On A Special Age Group: Senior Citizens for the article, “Isolation can lead to depression for senior citizens”.

Deirdre C. Mays received a second place and honorable mention for Best Photo Illustration, “Is your Sunday a day for the Lord?” and “Reflect with gratitude to the Lord this Thanksgiving”, respectively.

Caroline Nelson was awarded second place for Best Chart Or Information Graphic: “Liturgy of the Hours - The basics”.

Christina Lee Knauss won third place for Best Coverage of a Routine, Sacramental Event: “Confession: A gift of forgiveness to the soul”.

The staff received second place for Best Coverage of Pope Francis' Election and the Transition Process: “Habemus Papam Franciscum!”.

And Mays and Nelson received an honorable mention for Best Front Page -  “Is your Sunday a day for the Lord?”

Mays, the editor, said the awards are an affirmation of the teamwork and focus of the entire newspaper staff including the administrative and circulation personnel.

“We are grateful to our readers and strive to provide them with a meaningful publication that they value and from which they may learn,” she said. “I look forward to continuing our hard work to inform and educate South Carolina's Catholics in all of our media efforts."



Youth is an attitude for the ladies of the Nineties Club

GREENVILLE—Age is nothing but a number for the women of the “Nineties Club.”

These six members of the women’s club at St. Mary Church in Greenville are enjoying their ninth decade of life.

Pat Webb, corresponding secretary for the club, said the idea started about four years ago as a way to pay tribute to the oldest members, who are honored each year at a spring luncheon.

Jean Boggs, the senior member, will proudly tell you she is 97.

“It’s a milestone and it’s wonderful —God has been good and I’ve had a great life!” she said.

She’s been a member of the club for 77 years. Mrs. Boggs remembers being a member of the junior women’s club as a girl. Once she graduated to the women’s club, she was especially proud of the charity work they did, including outreach to local orphanages and children’s homes.

Time made a complete circle for her earlier this year when she attended the annual Mardi Gras celebration at St. Mary in March. She was elected Mardi Gras Queen in 1938.

Alma Furman, 95, is the second oldest member. She moved to Greenville from Philadelphia in 1957 and joined shortly after.

Furman said the women’s club has given her a chance to make wonderful friends and her proudest moment was being elected Catholic Woman of the Year in 1992.

Mrs. Furman drove her own car and attended meetings up until 2013, when she moved to High Point, N.C., to be close to her son. She doesn’t make it back to St. Mary very often but still treasures her memories and loves life. “The key to a long life is just to be happy,” she said.

Ruth O’Rourke, 94, joined the club in 1941.

Some of her favorite memories include serving meals for the church, entertaining children from St. Mary School and hand-sewing baptismal garments that were donated to the church to be given to babies who needed them.

Mrs. O’Rourke’s best advice to people is “enjoy your family and enjoy your friends, because you never know when God will call you!”

Rose Eassy, 93, has been a member for 43 years, and follows in the footsteps of her mother, the late Seleny Eassy, who was a member most of her life.

She lives with her sister Anne, 85, also a longtime member, and said the club is like a second family to her.

Nancy Ferro

Nancy Ferro, 90, likes to talk about her service in the U.S. Navy during World War II almost as much as she likes to talk about the club.

“Those women are my sisters,” she said. “Over the years, if one of us had a problem, we all had a problem.”

The youngest club member is Helen Williams, 90.

Helen Williams

She makes it to meetings when she can, although she spends most of her time caring for her husband and driving him places.

Mrs. Williams said staying active is the key to the long life she and her fellow club members enjoy.

“Keep moving, because if you don’t leave your bed you might soon not get out of it!" she said.

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In 50 years, Sister Noreen has changed countless lives

Sister Noreen Buttimer at Neighborhood House art classCHARLESTON—Leaning sideways in her chair, Sister Noreen Buttimer peered around the office doorway to greet her guest.

There is an immediate impression of efficiency: a face framed by a small cloud of white hair, eyes solemn behind glasses.

Dressed in a short-sleeve, white cotton shirt and black pants, a small wooden cross secured on a long chain, Sister Noreen has the look of a modern religious.

The Franciscan serves as program coordinator for Neighborhood House, an outreach center on America Street, and describes the ministry as rewarding and challenging,

“It’s the best ministry I’ve had in my 50 years,” she said.

“You’re working with God’s poor. It requires a lot of understanding and acceptance of the people.”

Sister Noreen said it has been the most fulfilling because she’s able to serve three main components: “It’s a ministry of real service to those who are poor, marginalized and oppressed.”

The past month in particular has been a time to reflect as Sister Noreen celebrates her golden jubilee. She has enjoyed several events with people in the community, and on June 20-22, she will gather with the Franciscans at the motherhouse in Aston, Pa., where they will celebrate all their jubilarians.

In July, she will return to her hometown of Youghal, County Cork, Ireland, for an extended visit with family and friends, who also have gatherings planned.

With all that attention on her 50th anniversary, Sister Noreen has cast a reflective eye over her years. She touches on her different roles, recalling good times and hard. Shining the spotlight of memory on herself, she talks about her parents and five siblings, and paints a picture of a self-assured young girl who knew what she wanted.

“I never wanted to be a nun,” she says, smiling at the irony.

Her father and other men in her family came from a long line of fishermen and sailors. Sister Noreen also felt called by the sea, and envisioned herself as a program director on the cruise ships that steamed in and out of her town’s port.

One day, a perceptive nun told the young Noreen that God had chosen her and she would also be a nun. She shrugged it off, but that same day, sitting in Mass and watching another group of religious sisters, she said the spirit spoke to her and she knew it was true.

Many a person along the way told Sister Noreen she was “too bold” to be a nun, but she persevered and professed her vows as a Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia in 1964.

Sister Noreen oversees art class at Neighborhood HouseOver the years, she lived in several states, serving in schools as a teacher and principal, and in parishes as a director of religious education.

She first came to the diocese in 1979 to serve in the mission of North Augusta, and has been here the past 35 years. Sister Noreen spent time in Cheraw and its missions, then came to Church of the Nativity in Charleston.

In 2008, Sister Pat Keating invited her to serve at Neighborhood House, and Sister Noreen found a new home. She has reached a place in her life where she loves her work and the people she serves and works beside. She said Nikki Grimball, director, is a good man “to the very tips of his fingers,” and she praises the devotion of Sister Rosemary Boyd, OLM, who volunteers with the GED program.

Sister Noreen doesn’t talk about her own strengths or accomplishments, but others do. At the soup kitchen and clothes closet, volunteers greet the Franciscan with hugs and smiles. “To me she’s a great lady,” said Dorothy Rose. “She’s been very kind to me and she’s done wonders here.”

Grimball calls Sister Noreen and her ministry essential, noting the lives that have been turned around thanks to the GED program.

“Right now she’s the anchor that’s holding education in place here,” he said. “What Sister brings is hope. She’s also bringing a level of expectation.”

After 50 years, Sister Noreen said she still hears the call of adventure, to travel to exciting locales, but in the end the call of home is stronger, both in Ireland and Neighborhood House.

“Life’s been good. It’s been a blessing for me,” she said. “I feel blessed to have been called to religious life and be in service to God’s people.”

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