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St. Mary Church in Edgefield battles the elements

EDGEFIELD—St. Mary of the Immacu­late Conception Church has been dealt a double blow by nature. A severe thunderstorm that blew through the town in the spring of 2015 knocked the cross off the bell tower and also damaged its tile roof extensively. The church, parish hall and parish office also have long-term damage caused by […]


A USO social leads to 70 years of happy marriage

AIKEN—A swimming party hosted by the USO in 1945 changed Donald Darr’s life. Darr, who was in his early 20s at the time, was serving with the Army Air Corps at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah. He attended the social event with the pilot of his flight crew. His friend pointed out one of the […]


Transformed by mercy: Indulgences open door to moments of grace

There are some subjects we discuss that are like pulling the loose thread on a sweater. Once you start, what appeared to be a short thread keeps going and going. The matter of indulgences is one such topic. We often think of the indulgence as the Catholic version of the ‘get out of jail free […]


Celebrating the promise to love and honor

AIKEN—Imagine a marriage that lasted 9,000 years. That’s how many years of matrimony were represented among the 300 couples who attended the annual Marriage Anniversary Celebration held Feb. 21 at St. Mary Help of Christians Church. They ranged from newlyweds to senior citizens and came from 25 different parishes. Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone celebrated Mass […]


Our Lady of Fatima statue tour

CHARLESTON—The International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be in South Carolina parishes from April 30 to May 21. Check with your church or school for times. The dates are as follows: April 30 to May 1—Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Charleston May 2—St. Francis by the Sea Church and School, […]


Rite of Election brings new faithful to the heart of Christ

T.J. Cofield of Greenville attended various churches while growing up, but never felt really comfortable about faith until he started attend­ing Catholic campus ministry at Furman University. “I found my faith home was in the Catholic Church,” he said. “I con­nected with it. I knew it was where I belonged.” Cofield, who attends St. Anthony […]


2016 Catholic Schools Week

As schools across the nation celebrated their accomplishments, communities and faith during Catholic Schools Week, the Diocese of Charleston had a special reason to cheer: the strategic growth plan to revitalize and strengthen schools was approved by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone, and work to implement first-year strategies will begin immediately. Sandra Leatherwood, diocesan director for […]


Thirty-five men are ordained to the permanent diaconate

The Diocese of Charleston now has 35 more ministers dedicated to sharing the Gospel and serving the faithful. Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone ordained 17 men to the permanent diaconate at Holy Spirit Church on Johns Island on Jan. 30, and another 18 at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Simpsonville on Feb. 6. The remarkably large […]


Diocese of Charleston Diaconate Ordination
Bishop to ordain men in two groups

SIMPSONVILLE—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone will ordain 18 men to the permanent diaconate on Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. in St. Mary Magdalene Church, located at 2252 Woodruff Road. The public is encouraged to attend. They are part of a larger class of 35 — an extraordinary number of men, supported by their wives and families […]


2015 Year in review

2015 has been a year for the record books; a time when people felt their faith repeatedly tested by extreme situations, but were buoyed up by the face of Jesus in their fellow men. Ultimately, faith in the goodness and mercy of God prevailed in South Carolina as people reached out to each other over […]


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    Jun 2711:30 am Mass at Pastoral Center - Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop of Atlanta presiding
    From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
    7:30 pm Mariologia #4
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Jun 287:00 pm Mariologia #4
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    7:00 pm Mariologia #4
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Jul 1All Day Convocation of Catholic Leaders - Orlando
    From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
    USCCB National Convocation of Catholic Leaders
    From the Calendar of Ethnic Ministries
    Daniel Rudd Fund Application open
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Jul 2 Vietnamese Women's Club
    From the Calendar of Vietnamese Ministry
    Jul 37:00 pm Mariologia #4
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Jul 5 African American and African Young Adult Gathering in Orlando FL
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Jul 6 National Black Catholic Congress XII
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Jul 8 Vietnamese Men's Club
    From the Calendar of Vietnamese Ministry
    Jul 96:00 pm Bishop to say Mass at St. John the Baptist - Charleston
    From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
    Jul 10 High School CLI
    From the Calendar of Youth Ministry
    Jul 1112:05 pm Bishop to say Mass at St. John the Baptist - Charleston
    From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
    2:00 pm Loaves and Fishes Stewardship Webcast
    From the Calendar of Office of Stewardship and Mission Advancement
    Jul 158:30 am Diaconate Formation Class
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Diocese of Charleston St. Kateri Tekakwitha Feast Day Celebration
    From the Calendar of Native American Ministry
    Jul 168:30 am Diaconate Formation Class
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Jul 19 Tekakwitha Conference
    From the Calendar of Native American Ministry