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A church history borne from Irish immigrants

Editor’s Note: This is the first of two articles on the history of Irish immigrants in South Carolina. Often, when people think of Ireland, they automatically think of Irish saints and the Catholic faith. There is perhaps no country except Italy whose history and identity is so enmeshed with the Church in the imagination and […]

Boot camp prepares staff and volunteers to lead youth ministries

CHARLESTON—An intense, one-day boot camp was held for youth ministers and volunteers in the Diocese of Charleston. But don’t worry, no one had to do push-ups or crawl on their bellies through the mud. It was more of a spiritual boot camp, designed to prepare new youth leaders and volunteers — and those just seeking […]

Nine new principals prepare for fall semester

Schools in the Diocese of Charleston will have nine new, or at least sort-of-new, faces in the top spot for the 2017-18 school year. Divine Redeemer in Hanahan, Our Lady of Peace in North Augusta, Our Lady of the Rosary in Greenville, Prince of Peace in Taylors, St. Anthony of Padua in Greenville, St. John […]

Three diocesan trips to Rome offer a chance to encounter the worldwide Church

CHARLESTON—Three trips in 2019 will offer people a chance to encounter the worldwide Church. Lexie Segrest, associate director of young adult ministry for the diocese, will lead a trip to World Youth Day in Panama City, Panama, from Jan. 19-28, 2019. Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone will then lead two trips to Rome and other locations […]

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. […]

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