Monday, July 08, 2013

Congregation of historic Catholic church near Walterboro shaken by theft of precious cargo – The Post and Courier

The following excerpts are from an article by Natalie Caula at The Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C.:
  • CATHOLIC HILL — Two bright red buildings stand out among miles of soggy swamp that lines Ritter Road in Colleton County.
  • They’re a sure sign you’ve made it to Catholic Hill, a small settlement about 40 miles southwest of Charleston.
  • The buildings — a steepled church and an old school house – belong to Saint James the Greater Catholic Mission. They’ve stood the test of time, but black spots and wear on their red cedar-shake show they’re in need of some care, as well.
  • Inside the old school house, the staircase that once stood is gone and scaffolding sits along the walls. Pine wood used to line the floor. But now it, too, is gone and its disappearance has shaken the very core of the church.
  • A thief or thieves stole the heap of wood that had been salvaged from that old school house floor as part of a long-awaited renovation. For the congregation, the loss is as deep-rooted as their history.
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