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Charleston Deanery

Pastoral formation enters a new phase

CHARLESTON—The diocesan program of pastoral formation is advancing into its second phase of development for the laity. Created by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone and headed up by Franciscan Sister Kathy Adamski, pastoral formation was developed as a way for laypeople employed in diocesan offices and parishes to learn more about the faith and how it […]

Junior Division Knights of Peter Claver put their minds to change

NORTH CHARLESTON—Young people from around the Southeast spent a week­end developing a brighter future at the 50th Gulf Coast District Confer­ence of the Junior Division of the Knights of Peter Claver. The Knights of Peter Claver is the largest historically black Catholic lay organization in the U.S. It is named after St. Peter Claver, a […]

SCCCW raises awareness and funds to end domestic violence

For six years, South Carolina has been at or near the top of a grim list — the ranking of states with the highest number of women killed by men in domestic violence situations. In 2017, the state was fifth in the nation, according to a study released by the Violence Policy Center. Sta­tistics show […]

Special needs teacher has a servant’s heart

NORTH CHARLESTON—Courtney Leonard exudes an air of calm in the class­room. Standing among a dozen young charges, the special-needs teacher at St. John in North Charleston handles a constant flurry of questions, comments and requests in a man­ner that is firm, yet caring at the same time. One young boy asks for spelling help, two […]

Fiona Kent follows unwavering path to monastic life

CHARLESTON—When Fiona Kent enters a room, she brings the Holy Spirit with her. Not the holy roller version, but a deeply spiritual presence that exudes an inner peace only found through God. It’s in her unhurried stillness, and the joy evident in her eyes — a palpable presence of Christ. It is a remarkable quality […]

Walking the path of Christ at Charleston Catholic

CHARLESTON—Charleston Catholic School students collected hygiene products for Jenkins Orphanage and One80 Place as part of their Lenten outreach. The children and their families donated more than 400 items to those in need.

Knights help build habitat home

SUMMERVILLE—The Knights of Colum­bus from Council 6629, plus one future Knight, celebrated part of their St. Patrick’s’ Day on March 17 by participating in a Habitat for Hu­manity project. Work included roof­ing, cutting plywood, erecting the sides of the house, and blocking the interior to allow for drywall instal­lation. Many thanks to Rob Mcan­nar for […]

Mepkin monks invite visitors to immerse themselves in Trappist lifestyle

MONCKS CORNER—Their website states that the monks of Mepkin Abbey de­vote their lives to “prayer, spiritual study, work and hospitality”. This year, the abbey is expanding its hos­pitality with a program that invites people to stay, learn and work there for up to a year. Mepkin Abbey receives thousands of visitors annually, according to Father […]

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist Rite of Election
Committing to the Church at the Rite of Election

COLUMBIA – John Strickland is one step closer toward completing a faith journey that began almost 20 years ago. “It started a long time ago but I’m just now getting around to it,” said Strickland, a parishioner at St. Anne in Florence. “I’ve had a good support system along the way.” Strickland was one of […]

Survivor of Rwanda genocide finds will to forgive

DANIEL ISLAND—Immaculée Ilibagiza’s life was torn apart by one of the bloodiest campaigns of terror of the late 20th century. But through the power of faith and prayer, she was able to find the strength to forgive. A survivor of the 1994 Rwanda genocide that left most of her family and nearly one million others […]

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