Parish Life


Bishop Thompson blesses chapel

MOUNT PLEASANT—The Most Rev. David Thompson, bishop emeritus, is seen in the chapel at the new Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospita on Sept. 21. The bishop emeritus blessed the faith chapel of the 85-bed facility that will start serving patients Nov. 1.

OLM Outreach receives grant

JOHNS ISLAND—Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Services, Inc. received a three-year grant for $105,000 from the Catholic Extension Society. The grant will provide $35,000 each for the next three years to help support community outreach, including Neighborhood House in downtown Charleston.

Knights take to the concessions to raise funds

FOLLY BEACH—Knights of Columbus Council 6250 frequently man one of the concession stands during the annual Sertoma football classic held at Johnson Hagood stadium. This year they had 22 Knights who volunteered a total of 144 hours and earned $807 for charitable causes. The traditional kick-off to the high school football season in the Charleston area was held Aug. 18-19 and drew about 18,000 fans.

Sister Christine Webb takes final vows

MARRIOTTSVILLE, Md.—Sister Christine S. Webb, a chaplain in Hampton Roads, Va., took her final vows with the Sisters of Bon Secours during a ceremony held Nov. 12 at their chapel.
The ceremony marked the culmination of a six-year formation process, but Sister Christine’s interest in religious life began in childhood.
Nearly 50 years later, Sister Christine learned about the Sisters of Bon Secours while working as a medical technician at St. Francis Hospital in Charleston, S.C. After visiting the sisters in Marriottsville, she became a candidate in 2005 and moved to New Jersey to live in community with other sisters and serve as a chaplain at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, N.Y.
Sister Christine entered the two-year novitiate stage in 2006 and a year later moved to Virginia, where she continues to serve with the Sisters of Bon Secours as a chaplain at Bon Secours Health System assisted-living communities. She took her temporary vows in 2008.
Sister Christine earned her master’s degree in pastoral studies at Loyola University in New Orleans, and her bachelor’s degree in health science at the Medical University of South Carolina. She holds certificates in spiritual direction and grief and bereavement. She is board certified with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.

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Knights of Columbus Council celebrates 20th anniversary

HILTON HEAD ISLAND–Knights of Columbus Council 10668 of St. Frances By The Sea Church celebrated its 20th anniversary on Oct. 6. The Thomas D. Reilley, Sr., Council has received Gold Star recognition from the Knights’ supreme council for its service to the region. In addition to serving the needs of Catholics in the area, the group has helped numerous individuals and families over the years.

Columbiettes’ supreme director

BLUFFTON—Florence Mucci was elected as the Columbiettes supreme director at the 53rd annual Supreme Council Columbiettes Convention held Aug. 19-21 in Islandia, N.Y. Mucci joined the Columbiettes in 1987 while living in New York and is now a member of the Beaufort Auxiliary. She was one of the founding members of the organization in South Carolina and served as its first state president.


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Annual Luncheon

IRMO—Knights of Columbus Council 6892 presented more than $6,000 to Fairwold Pendergrass School for mentally challenged students in Columbia, and the South Carolina Special Olympics. local businesses that helped support Operation H.O.P.E fundraisers included: Irmo Fatz Cafe’ at 7420 Broad River Road, Kroger Grocery store in Irmo, Sams Club Store in Harbison, and Wal-Mart on Bush River Rd.


Knights earn Star Council

SPARTANBURG—Knights of Columbus Council 6076 earned the Star Council, one of the organizations top awards for the 2010-2011 fraternal year. The award recognizes overall excellence in membership recruitment and retention, promotion of the insurance program, and sponsorship of service-oriented activities. The award was presented to the membership by District Deputy William Weiss on Sept. 16.

Hibernians, Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day

GREENVILLE—The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Harp and Shamrock Division, donated the proceeds from their Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser auctions to the Meyer Center for special children. About 130 people attended including several staff members from the Meyer Center on Sept. 23. Paige Elliott, a former student at the center and now a social worker, spoke about her journey and education. As a child she went to the Meyer Center and went on to a regular classroom and to Greenville Technical College. She currently attends Anderson University and is on the dean’s list.