Chase Freidel was taking a test in Spanish class when someone looked up at the TV and saw white smoke coming from the Sistine Chapel chimney. That meant one thing: A new pope.
"We all looked up, and we all started like cheering and yelling and screaming," she said. "We ran through the halls like saying, 'We've got a pope, we've got a pope!' And like, I ran to the office, and we told them to announce it."
Sacred Heart Catholic Church near downtown Columbia was without a pastor to call its own for about a year. Fr. Thomas Saucier of the St. Thomas More Newman Center served both parishes until the recent arrival of Fr. Herb Hayek.
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Fr. Herb Hayek moved to Columbia in summer 2012 to be the pastor at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
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Fr. Thomas Saucier serves as pastor at the St. Thomas More Newman Center.