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Our Lady of Grace Mission opens its new church

LANCASTER—For eight years, dedicated members of Our Lady of Grace Mission worshipped together in borrowed space at churches and schools, then in a modular building. They longed for a place to call their own in the rapidly growing community known as Indian Land between Lancaster and Charlotte, N.C. Their dreams came true Aug. 15 with […]


Priests assignments

CHARLESTON—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone made appoint­ments for two priests in the Diocese of Charleston recently: Father Jeffrey F. Kirby was appointed administra­tor at Our Lady of Grace Mission in Indian Land, and St. Joseph Church in Chester, effective Sept. 1. Father Timothy A. Akanson was appointed parochial vicar at St. James Church in Conway, effective […]


Linda Neely (left) and Gail Stafford put cornbread on a plate for a client at the Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen in Rock Hill.
Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen plates up warm food and hospitality

ROCK HILL—On a recent Thursday morning, men and women lined up at 11:30 a.m. for the hot meal at the Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen on Craw­ford Road. It was a diverse crowd of about 45 people, some with walkers or wheel­chairs. A blind man offered a bless­ing at the beginning of the meal. “God … […]


St. Mary honors military personnel

ROCK HILL—St. Mary Church’s respect life ministry has kept their mili­tary personnel and their respective families in hearts and minds with hometown news. Children are sending notes and drawings, and Oratorian Father Agustin Guzman, pastor, has directed that each member of the armed forces in the parish will receive Cardinal Fulton Sheen’s “Wartime Prayer Book”. […]


Students travel a world of knowledge at geography bee

Schools in the Diocese of Charles­ton are doing their best to make liars of that old song that proclaims students “don’t know much about geogra­phy.” This year, 12 schools had stu­dents who qualified to compete in the 2016 South Carolina National Geographic State Bee held in Co­lumbia. Of those 12, two students made it to […]


Knights of Columbus honor their own at convention

SPARTANBURG—Men, women and families who live out their faith in dynamic ways were honored at the 95th annual State Convention of the South Carolina State Council of the Knights of Columbus. More than 200 Knights and their wives attended the event, which was held April 22-24 at the Marriott in downtown Spartanburg. The weekend included […]


Oratorian Father Joseph Anthony Wahl dies at 86

ROCK HILL–Oratorian Father Joseph Anthony Wahl died on April 30. He was 86. A vigil will be held May 6 at 6 p.m. in St. Anne Church, 1694 Bird St., followed by a reception at the family life center. The Mass of Christian Burial will be May 7 at 10 a.m., also at St. Anne. Burial will be […]


Hoop stars in the diocese

The Diocese of Charleston’s annual Youth Basketball Tournament drew 49 teams to compete for top honors, said Laurie Ulmer, athletic director at St. Mary Help of Christians School and tournament organizer. Here are the winners of the competition: Senior Girls Champions (pictured): St. Mary – Greenville defeated Christ Our King/Haring – Mount Pleasant, 46-21 Silver Division: […]


Transformed by mercy: Indulgences open door to moments of grace

There are some subjects we discuss that are like pulling the loose thread on a sweater. Once you start, what appeared to be a short thread keeps going and going. The matter of indulgences is one such topic. We often think of the indulgence as the Catholic version of the ‘get out of jail free […]


Our Lady of Fatima statue tour

CHARLESTON—The International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be in South Carolina parishes from April 30 to May 21. Check with your church or school for times. The dates are as follows: April 30 to May 1—Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Charleston May 2—St. Francis by the Sea Church and School, […]


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    Aug 1910:00 am Volunteer Workday and Open House Potluck
    From the Calendar of St. John School North Charleston
    Aug 258:00 am Day of Prayer for Deacons
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Sep 1 Daniel Rudd Fund Application Closes
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    10:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Sep 18 National Association of Black Catholic Administrators Annual Meeting
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Oct 13 Diocesan Evangelization Conference
    From the Calendar of Ethnic Ministries
    Oct 278:00 am Day of Continuing Education for Deacons
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Nov 1 Black Catholic History Month
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Nov 1010:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Nov 1210:00 am Junta Diocesana
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Nov 17 Diocese of Charleston Native American Catholic Heritage Celebration
    From the Calendar of Native American Ministry
    Nov 18 Vietnamese Martyrs Celebration
    From the Calendar of Vietnamese Ministry
    Dec 1 Black Catholics Heritage Celebration
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Dec 15 Simbang Gabi for Filipino Catholics
    From the Calendar of Filipino Ministry
    Dec 25 Diocesan Television Christmas Special Fox 21
    From the Calendar of Ethnic Ministries
    Jan 412:00 am Class 2019 Ordination Retreat
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Jan 812:00 am Retiro Espiritual de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Jan 1210:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
    From the Calendar of Diaconate