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Priests celebrate renewal of vows at chrism Mass

CHARLESTON—Priests affirmed their commitment to the sacred beauty and the challenges of ministry at the annual Mass of the Oils held April 11 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. The chrism Mass is held on the Tuesday of Holy Week in the Diocese of Charleston, although it is traditional to hold it on […]

Allen Carroll, CEO of Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital, to retire in May

Allen Carroll, the longtime Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital chief executive officer who helped develop the West Ashley hospital into a national-award winning institution, has announced his decision to retire in May. Allen spent the last 27 years leading Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital, which is one of Roper St. Francis’ three flagship hospitals. “I’m […]

Scouts learn about their history on Trail of Churches

CHARLESTON—More than 120 Scouts immersed themselves in church history by participating in the third Catholic Trail of Churches Camporee recently. The Diocese of Charleston’s Catholic Committee on Scouting sponsors the event, which started in 2011. Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, American Heritage Girls, Squires and members of Venture Crews of all faiths can attend. […]

St. Clare of Assisi chosen for parish learning community in L.A.

DANIEL ISLAND—St. Clare of Assisi was invited to participate in a program that they believe will be life-chang­ing for those attending, and for the parish itself. The invitation is from Parish Cata­lyst for Father Gregory West and his pastoral team to join a learning community that “challenges some of the best minds in parish ministry […]

HALOS helps grandparents and other family members care for kids

NORTH CHARLESTON–Thousands of people in South Carolina are raising non-biological children. They are primarily grandparents, but also aunts, uncles, siblings and family friends who step in to help these children when their parents can’t take care of them. Families like this are providing what is called “kinship care,” and they are one of the fasting […]

Hibernians celebrate ‘St. Patrick’s Ceili’

SUMMERVILLE—The Summerville An­cient Order of Hibernians Dorches­ter Division 1 held a “St. Patrick’s Day Ceili” on March 11, including a corned beef and cabbage dinner and entertainment by the Legacy Irish Dance Academy of Charleston. The event at St. Theresa the Little Flower Church hall attracted a sell-out crowd. Proceeds benefit diocesan seminarians and other […]

Schools reflect on Christ’s sacrifice during Lent

Students around the diocese are making the most of the Lenten season. Their journey toward Holy Week and the joy of Easter includes prayer, reflection, works of charity and the study of Scripture. By far the most common school activity during Lent is participating in weekly Stations of the Cross; a time for students to […]

New priests assigned to diocese

CHARLESTON—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone made assignments for four priests new to the Diocese of Charleston. They were effec­tive as of March 1. Father Orlando Serrano Ardila was assigned as parochial vicar to Holy Spirit Church on Johns Island. Father Jose P. Quilcate was assigned as parochial vicar to St. Andrew Church in Myrtle Beach. Father […]

Schools compete for titles, honor in youth basketball tournament

GREENVILLE—Basketball teams from Catholic schools and churches around the state met up in the Piedmont recently to compete in the Diocese of Charleston Youth Basketball Tournament. St. Mary School, which hosted the event, dominated the leader board, winning three of the four championship titles. State titles went to St. Mary’s senior girls, junior girls, and […]

Msgr. Carter prepares for new experiences in retirement

MOUNT PLEASANT—Msgr. James A. Carter has started a new era in his life as a priest. After five decades of serving in the Diocese of Charleston, he retired after celebrating a last round of Sunday Masses Feb. 26 at Christ Our King Church, where he served as pastor for 27 years. “I’m proud of making […]

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