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St. Francis sweeps volleyball tourney

SUMMERVILLE—The results are in for the Diocese of Charleston Youth Volleyball Tournament held at Bethany Methodist recently, hosted by Summerville Catholic school and their athletic  director, Jean Fox. A total of 16 teams competed from 12 schools: St. Andrew in Myrtle Beach, St. Anne in Rock Hill, Charleston Catholic, Blessed Sacrament and Nativity from Charleston, […]


Orangeburg parish withstands the tests of time and turmoil

ORANGEBURG—Members of Holy Trinity Church celebrated 100 years on Oct. 15 with prayer, song and,  most of all, a sense of overwhelming love for each other and for their faith community. Hundreds packed the church on Rivers Edge Drive for a centennial Mass celebrated by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone. During his homily, the bishop congratulated […]


Students offer hope to storm victims with donations, prayer

In a span of about three weeks, three massive hurricanes unleashed their fury on the U.S. mainland and islands in the Caribbean. One after the other, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria wreaked destruction with tornadoes, floods, and winds so strong they bent and twisted an iron cross outside a Jesuit school in San Juan, Puerto […]


Life Chain protests set for Oct. 1

Life Chain, the annual silent abortion protest along roadsides, will be held Oct. 1 around the state. The peaceful and public witness takes place for 60 minutes or more and participants hold provided signs and pray for the nation to end abortion. Life Chains with alternate dates are noted. AIKEN—118 Bypass (Rudy Mason High­way) at […]


Irish roots meander through railroads and stonemasons

Editor’s Note: This is the second of two articles on the history of Irish immigrants in South Carolina. Read the first here. Thousands of Irish immigrants have come to South Carolina since the first newcomers from that nation were documented in 1670. Among them, the Irish Catholics who start­ed arriving in the 19th century have […]


Encuentro seeks to integrate Hispanic/Latino cultures

COLUMBIA—With evangelization as its primary objective, V En­cuentro turned to a landmark document as the blueprint for its efforts. A four-year national pro­gram geared toward engag­ing Hispanic Catholics, the Encuentro, or “meeting,” held Aug. 12 at Cardinal Newman School centered on the vision of Pope Francis as written in his 2013 apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium […]


Boot camp prepares staff and volunteers to lead youth ministries

CHARLESTON—An intense, one-day boot camp was held for youth ministers and volunteers in the Diocese of Charleston. But don’t worry, no one had to do push-ups or crawl on their bellies through the mud. It was more of a spiritual boot camp, designed to prepare new youth leaders and volunteers — and those just seeking […]


New bells blessed and installed at St. Mary Help of Christians

AIKEN—St. Mary Help of Christians held a blessing of four bells to be placed in its new bell tower (currently nearing the end of its construction) on July 16 after the 11 a.m. Mass. A bilingual celebration was held in English and Spanish to reflect the community, said Father Gregory Wilson, pastor. Msgr. Richard D. […]


Nine new principals prepare for fall semester

Schools in the Diocese of Charleston will have nine new, or at least sort-of-new, faces in the top spot for the 2017-18 school year. Divine Redeemer in Hanahan, Our Lady of Peace in North Augusta, Our Lady of the Rosary in Greenville, Prince of Peace in Taylors, St. Anthony of Padua in Greenville, St. John […]


Dennis Perea wins American Legion’s Outstanding Boy Scout Award

AIKEN—Dennis Perea recently won the 2017 American Legion Department of South Carolina Outstanding Boy Scout Award. American Legion Post 212 of Aiken nominated him. The statewide competition evaluates Scouts’ leadership skills, service to the church and community, high school achievements, academic rank, and letters of recommendation from community leaders. The award, plus a scholarship check, […]


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    Jun 2011:30 am Bishop - Mass at Pastoral Center
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    6:00 pm Crozier event - Pastoral Center - Charleston
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    Jun 219:00 am Bishop - Mass at St. Benedict's - Mt. Pleasant
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    Jun 226:00 pm Ordination of the Adorno Deacons - Immaculate Conception - Goose Creek
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    Jun 235:30 pm St. Philip Neri - Fort Mill - 25th Parish Anniversary - All day event - Mass at 5:30
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    Jun 25 Xavier Institute for Black Catholic Studies
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Jun 276:30 pm Bishop presiding Confirmation - Stella Maris - Sullivans Island
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    Jun 288:00 am Mass at St. Patrick's - Charleston
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    Jun 304:00 pm Fortnight for Freedom - Cardinal Newman HS - Columbia
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    Jul 1 Daniel Rudd Fund Application open
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Jul 2 St. Anthony of Padua Summer Academy Holiday-no school
    From the Calendar of St. Anthony of Padua School Greenville
    Jul 4 Independence Day
    From the Calendar of St. Anne and St. Jude Catholic School
    Independence Day
    From the Calendar of St. Anthony School Florence
    Jul 9 Summer Academy Resumes
    From the Calendar of St. Anthony of Padua School Greenville
    High School CLI
    From the Calendar of Youth Ministry
    Jul 14 Diocese of Charleston St. Kateri Tekakwitha Feast Day Celebration
    From the Calendar of Native American Ministry
    8:00 am Diaconate Formation Class
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    10:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Jul 158:00 am Diaconate Formation Class
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    Jul 18 Tekakwitha Conference 2018
    From the Calendar of Native American Ministry