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Columbia Deanery

‘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 […]


School choice rally
School choice rally supports parents’ options

COLUMBIA—Thousands packed the Township Auditorium to support the right of parents to pick the best type of education for their child. Organizers estimated that more than 2,500 people turned out for the annual School Choice Rally on Jan. 25, includ­ing students, parents, teachers and principals from most of the 34 Catho­lic schools in the diocese. […]


Scouts grow closer to God while earning emblems

COLUMBIA—Scouts from around the Diocese of Charleston were honored for months of work and dedication at the annual Catholic Scout Convocation held Feb. 5 at St. Joseph Church in Columbia. The event recognizes those who earned religious emblems during the previous year. Each emblem requires Scouts to learn more about the Church and their relationship […]


James Myers, former director of stewardship, dies at 81

COLUMBIA—James T. Myers, former director of the Office of Stewardship for the Diocese of Charleston, died Feb. 8. He was 81. A rosary will be held Feb. 10 at 5 p.m. with visitation following at St. Joseph Church, 3600 Devine St. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph on Feb. 11 […]



Catholic Schools Week: It’s all about faith, academics and fun

Every year, Catholic Schools Week provides an oppor­tunity for schools in the diocese to open their doors and hearts, and show off what makes them so special. Almost all of the schools hold open houses, from the just-opened St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Myrtle Beach to St. Peter in Columbia, which was founded in 1852 […]


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    Dec 174:00 pm Volunteer Christmas Party - Diocesan Center - Charleston
    From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
    Dec 18 Exams for periods 3 and 4
    From the Calendar of Bishop England Charleston
    Christmas Sock Day
    From the Calendar of St. John School North Charleston
    Christmas Holidays - School Closed
    From the Calendar of St. Joseph School Anderson
    No school - holiday
    From the Calendar of St. Mary Help of Christians Aiken
    11 am Dismissal
    From the Calendar of St. Anne and St. Jude Catholic School
    Simbang Gabi for Filipino Catholics at St. Ann Church
    From the Calendar of Filipino Ministry
    12:00 pm Bishop to say Mass at the Cathedral - Charleston
    From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
    2:00 pm Gr. K3-3rd Christmas Program
    From the Calendar of St. Mary School Greenville
    Dec 19 Exam for period 5
    From the Calendar of Bishop England Charleston
    Christmas Breaks BeginsNoon Dismissal
    From the Calendar of St. Peter School Beaufort
    Crazy Christmas Sweater Day
    From the Calendar of St. John School North Charleston
    End of 2nd Quarter
    From the Calendar of St. Francis Catholic School
    End of 2nd Quarter
    From the Calendar of St. Anne and St. Jude Catholic School
    Christmas Break
    From the Calendar of St. Anthony School Florence
    Christmas Program
    From the Calendar of St. Andrew School Myrtle Beach
    10:00 am day-Christmas party
    From the Calendar of Holy Trinity North Myrtle Beach
    11:30 am Early Dismissal
    From the Calendar of St. Michael School Murrells Inlet
    6:00 pm Christmas Program
    From the Calendar of St. Martin de Porres School Columbia
    7:00 pm Gr. 4-8th Christmas Program
    From the Calendar of St. Mary School Greenville