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1997

Thanksgiving turkey served with a kind heart

By JOEY REISTROFFER SPARTANBURG — Thanksgiving — a time when family and friends get together around a steaming hot turkey meal and thank God for the blessings they have received throughout the year. Nobody should spend Thanksgiving alone. That is why the Knights of Columbus held a Thanksgiving feast at St. Paul’s last week and […]


Mepkin Abbey monks go public in ‘Trappist’

By PAUL A. BARRA CHARLESTON — Hundreds of people gathered Dec. 8 among the antique mahogany and crystal of the Francis Marion Hotel to preview a movie about the monastic life. They were moved by a dazzling display of the beauty of Mepkin Abbey and a gritty portrayal of the monks’ lives. The documentary, “Trappist,” […]


Weekend offers opportunity for discernment

By JORDAN B. MCMORROUGH ROCK HILL — A vocations weekend offering an opportunity for young adults between the ages of 18 to 35 to learn about religious life and the priesthood drew five men and nine women to The Oratory Nov. 21-23. Attendees came from South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, as well as one from […]


A musical tale to be shared by one and all

By RANDLE CHRISTIAN COLUMBIA — St. Joseph Church is quietly humming with activity on this chilly Sunday afternoon in December. While musicians tune their instruments, the pews quickly fill with people and the overflow crowd lines the walls. Member or visitor, they have come to hear the parish’s choirs and readers recount in soaring harmonies […]


Diocese buys land in Okatie for new church

OKATIE — The Catholic community of mainland southern Beaufort County is getting ready for the future. On Dec. 1, leaders of St. Andrew’s Church in Pinkney Colony announced that the Diocese of Charleston has purchased a 63-acre tract in the Okatie section of southern Beaufort County. The site will become the new home for Catholics […]


Diocese of Charleston responds to Columbia community

COLUMBIA — The Diocese of Charleston is “deeply distressed” by criminal sexual misconduct charges against a former part-time basketball coach at Cardinal Newman High School and is responding to the Columbia community. Charles Sullivan, who served as coach of the boys’ “B” basketball team during the 1996-97 season and as a volunteer assistant to the […]


Discovering the secrets of Mepkin Abbey

By CATHERINE ROMAINE “The present is the past and the past is the present.” Peter Blauner, from the Intruder MONCKS CORNER — Just outside of Charleston, moss-covered trees line a road that leads to one of the state’s most beautiful places and best kept secrets. It is there, at Mepkin Abbey, that 28 monks celebrate […]


Training for diocesan youth ministers planned

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON — A youth ministry training weekend sponsored by the diocesan Office of Youth Ministry will be held Jan. 17-18 at the White Oak Conference Center near Columbia. According to Jerry White, diocesan director of Youth Ministry, the weekend is designed for those who are involved in ministry with young people, such […]


Holiday plans filled with love and hope

By MARY HOOD HART Are you ready for Christmas? Somebody asked me that the other day. And I answered honestly: No, I haven’t even started. It’s that time of year again when strangers strike up conversations about Christmas preparedness — as if we’re all gearing up to face a threatening storm. Indeed, my Christmas preparations […]


A child’s guiding spirit

By RANDLE CHRISTIAN COLUMBIA — A little girl with an ear for music and an uncommon faith in God was the guiding spirit behind the St. Joseph Choir’s “A Festival of Lessons and Carols.” “If we had never gotten to know Anna, we would have never gotten to know Jim and the CD never would […]


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    Oct 13 Diocesan Evangelization Conference
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    Oct 278:00 am Day of Continuing Education for Deacons
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    Nov 1 Black Catholic History Month
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    Nov 1010:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
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    Nov 17 Diocese of Charleston Native American Catholic Heritage Celebration
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    Nov 18 Vietnamese Martyrs Celebration
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    Dec 15 Simbang Gabi for Filipino Catholics
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    Jan 412:00 am Class 2019 Ordination Retreat
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    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
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