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Williams prepares for ordination to the transitional diaconate

Rhett Williams will move a big step closer to the priesthood when he is ordained to the transitional diacon­ate on May 26 at St. Joseph Church in Columbia. After his ordina­tion, he will be allowed to give homilies, proclaim the Gospel, baptize, assist during the lit­urgy and witness a marriage outside Mass. The Charleston native […]


Black Catholics contemplate new ways to share the faith

COLUMBIA—Participants at the Black Catholic Day of Reflection contem­plated the past, and considered new ways to share their faith and strengthen the community. The event, held April 29 at St. Martin de Porres Church, drew 52 people, many of them members of historically black parishes. Much of the discussion during the day focused on the […]


Sister Mary Ann Dardy dies at age 72

ADRIAN, MICH.—Sister Mary Ann Dardy, OP, formerly Sister John Mar­guerite, died on April 21 at the Dominican Life Center. She was 72 and in the 54th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation. The memorial Mass was held April 24 in St. Catherine Chapel. Burial was in the congrega­tion cemetery. Sister Mary […]


Warren Stuckey retires as cemeteries director

CHARLESTON—When Warren Stuckey retires as diocesan director of cem­eteries this month, it will be just shy of his 20th anniversary. He said he doesn’t mind leaving be­fore his milestone celebration because his family — includ­ing his wife, two children, and three grandchildren — already relocated to North Carolina and he’s ready to join them. “It […]


Schools in the diocese score high in accreditation review

Schools under the umbrella of the Diocese of Charleston’s Catholic Schools Office recently underwent an external review to determine if diocesan-wide accreditation would be renewed — and they passed with flying colors. The diocese first received accredi­tation in 2012 from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools after several years of intense plan­ning and hard […]


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. […]


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 […]


Educators reminded they are God’s witness in the classroom

COLUMBIA—Educators converged on Cardinal Newman School recently for two days of learning, fellowship and inspiration at the Diocese of Charleston’s Teachers Education Conference. The March 2-3 event drew 785 teachers. They heard a message about the power of Christ’s love and their important role as educators and evangelizers from the keynote speaker, Sean Forrest. Forrest […]


St. John Neumann announces plans to build a new church

COLUMBIA—Members of St. John Neumann are beginning an exciting journey to build a new church. Father C. Alexander “Sandy” McDonald, pastor, announced the plan in late February. He said a new church is necessary because the parish has outgrown its current building at 100 Polo Road, built in 1978. St. John Neumann currently serves about […]


‘Good Shepherd Dinner’ promotes vocations

COLUMBIA—A group of high school and college-age young men in the Columbia deanery gather for a “Good Shepherd Dinner” on Feb. 20 at St. Joseph Church. Father Andrew Trapp organized the event to promote vocations. They met with Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone, Father Mark Good, vocations director, and other priests. The group spoke to three […]


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