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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 […]


Rite of Election marks journey to discover truth

Hundreds of people are one step closer to entering the Church after the Rite of Election and Continuing Conversion held around the state during the first weekend of Lent. Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone celebrated the rite in four separate locations: March 3 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Simpsonville, March 4 at St. Joseph […]


Altar society hosts deanery priests

COLUMBIA—Father Michael Okere, administrator of St. Martin de Porres Church, and the ladies of the Rosary Altar Women’s Group hosted the Columbia Deanery priests’ meeting and luncheon held Feb. 14. More than 19 priests attended the event and enjoyed food served by the ladies. Photos provided


Couples display blessed vocation at marriage celebration

CHAPIN—Edwin and Denise Beloski are a living example of how love and faith can keep a marriage going, even through the hardest of times. They have been married for 56 years, changed careers several times, and were forced to move back to Columbia last year after their home near Gatlinburg, Tenn., burned in the devastating […]


48 years passes quickly for Msgr. Joseph Hanley

HILTON HEAD ISLAND—On his last Sunday as pastor of Holy Family Church, Msgr. Joseph F. Hanley spoke as he regularly did with young people before their morn­ing religious education classes. In the quiet but emphatic way he has addressed people of all ages for the past 48 years, he let the kids know that they […]


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    Apr 24All Day School Resumes
    From the Calendar of Blessed Sacrament Charleston
    All Day Classes Resume
    From the Calendar of Charleston Catholic School
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    From the Calendar of Christ Our King Mount Pleasant
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    From the Calendar of Divine Redeemer
    All Day Students Return to School
    From the Calendar of St. Anthony of Padua School Greenville
    All Day School Resumes
    From the Calendar of St. Francis Catholic School
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    From the Calendar of St. Gregory the Great School
    All Day School Back in Session
    From the Calendar of St. Anne School Rock Hill
    All Day Classes Resume
    From the Calendar of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Carolina Forest
    All Day Classes Resume
    From the Calendar of St. John Neumann School Columbia
    All Day School Resumes
    From the Calendar of St. John School North Charleston
    All Day Classes Resume
    From the Calendar of St. Joseph School Columbia
    All Day Classes Resume
    From the Calendar of St. Martin de Porres School Columbia
    All Day Classes Resume
    From the Calendar of St. Michael School Murrells Inlet
    All Day School Resumes
    From the Calendar of St. Peter School Columbia
    All Day School Resumes
    From the Calendar of Nativity Charleston
    All Day Classes Resume
    From the Calendar of Cardinal Newman School
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    From the Calendar of St. Michael School Murrells Inlet
    All Day School Resumes
    From the Calendar of Summerville Catholic School