In Goose Creek ties to Philippines frayed by storm but faith uns - WCBD-TV: News, Weather, and Sports for Charleston, SC

In Goose Creek ties to Philippines frayed by storm but faith unshaken

Posted: Updated:
The Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Goose Creek The Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Goose Creek
WCBD -

The death toll continues to rise in the Philippines after one of the most powerful storms in recorded history slammed into the island nation over the weekend. Relief efforts are now being organized around the world.

Here in the lowcountry the efforts are increasing and so are the prayers, especially in one Berkeley County town where a large number of Filipino descendants await word from family.

The Philippines is surrounded by vast ocean and when it comes to distance at, 8,863 miles, it could not be further away from South Carolina.

The tragedy is hitting pretty close to home says Father Jason Caganap, who is the pastor of the only Catholic Church in Goose Creek.

"There is a saying if you want to meet a Filipino go to a Catholic Church." Said Caganap.

Father Caganap leads the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in a town with a population of about 40,000 people and 3.5-percent of them are of Filipino decent; most of them are the children and grandchildren of retired Navy.

Father Caganap says they make up a full half of the 2-thousand families who attend the church. For them the island has never felt more distant. With communication sparse at best, they are reaching out in other ways with strong faith and Caganap says an unshakable optimism.

"Filipinos has strong religion and spiritual life, whatever natural disasters or calamities come their way they are always able to see the white light, the light at the end of the tunnel."

Meantime to get information about family in area the local American Red Cross has set up international tracing for the Philippines if you have not heard from family and have concerns you can call 1-800-Red Cross or locally at 843-764-2323.

  • Police arrest man for cooking meth in Relax Inn hotel room

    Police arrest man for cooking meth in Relax Inn hotel room

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:41 PM EDT2014-04-24 23:41:59 GMT
    At least one person is under arrest after a meth lab was uncovered in North Charleston.
    At least one person is under arrest after a meth lab was uncovered in North Charleston.
  • Mt. Pleasant doctor chases armed suspect after office robbed

    Mt. Pleasant doctor chases armed suspect after office robbed

    Thursday, April 24 2014 5:54 PM EDT2014-04-24 21:54:29 GMT
    Almost a decade of quiet Mount Pleasant business life for Dr. Thomas Mirabile changed Tuesday when a man on a bicycle stuck his head into his optometry office. "Two hours later he returned and had his gun over [the front counter] and proceeded to cock it and ask for our money box. I handed him the money box and he took up the tray and dashed out the door with my wife in hot pursuit. For her protection, I went after her," Mirabile explained. It became a dangerous dash with an armed man. "Wh...
    Almost a decade of quiet Mount Pleasant business life for Dr. Thomas Mirabile changed Tuesday when a man on a bicycle stuck his head into his optometry office. "Two hours later he returned and had his gun over [the front counter] and proceeded to cock it and ask for our money box. I handed him the money box and he took up the tray and dashed out the door with my wife in hot pursuit. For her protection, I went after her," Mirabile explained. It became a dangerous dash with an armed man. "Wh...
  • Democrats accuse Gov. Haley of ethics violations

    Democrats accuse Gov. Haley of ethics violations

    Thursday, April 24 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-04-24 21:48:18 GMT
    The South Carolina Democratic Party says Gov. Nikki Haley has broken state ethics laws by violating campaign donation and reporting rules, but the State Ethics Commission says it doesn’t see any violation.
    The South Carolina Democratic Party says Gov. Nikki Haley has broken state ethics laws by violating campaign donation and reporting rules, but the State Ethics Commission says it doesn’t see any violation.
Powered by WorldNow

210 W. Coleman Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Telephone: 843.216.4875
Fax: 843.881.3410
Email: news@wcbd.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.