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Sister Pamela Smith

What’s new about the New Evangelization?

Father Oscar Borda recently posted photos and videos from an event on the New Evangelization among the Hispanic community in the Ridgeland area. In a matter of days, a delegation from our diocese will gather in Orlando with delegations from across the U.S. Their theme will have to do with the kingdom — God’s, not […]


Can tattoos be sacramentals?

When Ray Bradbury published “The Illustrated Man” in 1951, tattoos covering virtually whole bodies were not as commonplace as they are today. Bradbury’s science fiction collection used as its starter a character whose body had been tattooed by a mysterious Minnesota crone. He became an object of wonder and terror as the tattoos came to […]


A saint’s legacy and lives that matter

“Was  it about educating them for a better life, or was it more about saving their lives?” asked a woman at the lunch table set up in the lobby of the church on the corner of Hampton and Oak. “I think it was about both,” replied another. This conversation took place during the springtime Black […]


The diocese has its titans

Anyone who has toured or lived in New York City will recall its bulky bronze sculpture of Atlas holding up the world. It occupies the gateway to Rockefeller Center on Fifth Avenue, on the other side of the street from St. Patrick’s Cathedral. New York has its monument to mythology, but we in the Diocese […]


When faith and its practice look promising

We look around our neighbor­hoods on Sunday mornings and see few signs of church-going. Then we read the reports about all the “nones,” those with no religious preference. The At­lantic reports that nearly a third of American young adults don’t identify with any religious denomi­nation, and youth ministers worry about statistics showing attrition in religious […]


Why on Earth do we have anti-Semitism?

Consider a series of names: Benjamin Disraeli and Golda Meir, Albert Einstein and Gerty Cori, Marc Chagall and Judy Chicago, Anne Frank and Chaim Potok, Beverly Sills and Itzhak Perlman. These are, respectively, noted political leaders, Nobel Prize-winning scientists, internationally known visual artists, best-selling authors, and world famous musicians. All are Jewish. One of the […]


Making America great

We have been hearing a great deal about making America first, making America great again. On a recent afternoon on Main Street in our state capital, I realized that it already is — in some ways. I was amid three days of meetings, with an afternoon interlude, so I parked free at St. Peter’s, strolled […]


Why so angry?

Just about every day drivers get cut off by lane-jumpers and see people making angry gestures. The networks bring up-to-the-minute reports of violence and the shouts of mobs. On weekends some fans behave like spoiled children, ball fields get trashed, and coaches are cussed out. Then there are our political campaigns. Pope Francis has quoted […]


What about suicide?

During my years in Michigan, the notorious Dr. Jack Kevorkian actively promoted assisted suicide. He periodically delivered bodies to a hospital in Pontiac, minutes away from the campus where I lived. The local press wavered between defending his action, as if it were everyone’s right to decide the time to die, and expressing outrage that […]


Life and leadership

It’s a good thing we have a Savior who is the eternal God and not a politician. Just in case we haven’t noticed, it is clear that no party platform is 100 percent pro-life, and we can’t guarantee that any individual holding office is either. We rejoice that recent statistics show that the number of […]


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    Aug 1 New Youth Minister Boot Camp
    From the Calendar of Youth Ministry
    7:00 pm Doctrina Social #1
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Aug 27:00 pm Doctrina Social #1
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    7:00 pm Doctrina Social #1
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Aug 3 Vietnamese Marian Pilgrimage
    From the Calendar of Vietnamese Ministry
    Aug 4 E-Team Retreat Weekend
    From the Calendar of Youth Ministry
    African American and Native American Youth Minister Retreat in Bethesda, MD
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    7:00 pm Doctrina Social #1
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Aug 510:00 am Junta de Vicaria (Aiken)
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    10:00 am Doctrina Social #1
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    2:30 pm Doctrina Social #1
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Aug 6 Vietnamese Women's Club
    From the Calendar of Vietnamese Ministry
    Aug 77:00 pm Doctrina Social #1
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Aug 82:00 pm Loaves and Fishes Stewardship Webcast
    From the Calendar of Office of Stewardship and Mission Advancement
    7:30 pm Doctrina Social #1
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Aug 97:00 pm Doctrina Social #1
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Aug 107:00 pm Doctrina Social #1
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Aug 11All Day Teacher In-Service DOC
    From the Calendar of Our Lady of Peace North Augusta
    Aug 1210:00 am Junta de Vicaria (Columbia)
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Vietnamese Men's Club
    From the Calendar of Vietnamese Ministry