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1997

Christ Our King installing traditional pipe organ

By PAUL A. BARRA MOUNT PLEASANT — When the electronic organ at Christ Our King parish needed replacing, the congregation decided to go with a traditional pipe organ despite the fact that the suburban Charleston church is so crowded on weekends that the only room is in the sanctuary. Workers are now assembling the instrument […]


Synod implementation beginning to roll across diocese

By PAUL A. BARRACHARLESTON — Six weeks into his first-ever diocesan job, former Air Force analyst and computer consultant Jay E. LeVan sat down with The Miscellany last week and gave us his first impressions as the director of Planning and Synod Implementation. LeVan has traveled among the parishes of the Diocese of Charleston during […]


Catholic Banner’s first editor learned on the job

By PAUL A. BARRA COLUMBIA — When Bishop John J. Russell appointed Msgr. Roy F. Aiken to be the editor of The Catholic Banner in 1951, neither the priest nor the newspaper had any background to rely on. Father Aiken was a young priest without any training in journalism; The Banner’s predecessor had been out […]


Bishop Thompson blesses ground for new facility

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON — In what was described as a “win, win, win” situation for all involved, Bishop David B. Thompson blessed the ground at the site of the new Bishop England High School facility on Daniel Island June 12. The event was previously scheduled April 27, but was canceled due to rain. Following […]


Celebration to be special this year at Sacred Heart

By PAUL A. BARRA CHARLESTON — The first Friday of June is also the feast of the Sacred Heart in 1997. At the church dedicated to that image of Jesus in this see city, parishioners will celebrate the feastday with a solemn evening liturgy. Fridays were traditionally devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus; indulgences […]


Spanish Mass fills the body as well as the soul

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH ST. HELENA ISLAND — The Blessed Sacrament, two baptisms and barbecue were all a part of a special Saturday evening Mass and fiesta for migrant workers and other parishioners of Holy Cross Mission on St. Helena’s Island June 7. Organized by Sisters Shelia Byrne and Stella Breen of the Franciscan Center, the […]


Common bonds found in WWII writings

Father Lous Cameli shows how the writings of World War II authors reveal the spiritual ‘links’ among people of faith By JULIE DOWNS CHARLESTON – In the middle of one of the most destructive and catastrophic times in human history, writers of many faiths “hallowed out dwellings of hope” that created a legacy as lasting […]


Human work is a gift from God

By REV. MSGR. THOMAS R. DUFFY A number of years ago the Catholic Church designated May 1st as the feast of St. Joseph the Worker. This date was obviously chosen because this was the day that atheistic communism was celebrated by communists throughout the world. It was to be for Christians a day to remember […]


Overyjoyed and overwhelmed

Our Lady Star of the Sea dedicates new church building By DEIRDRE C. MAYS NORTH MYRTLE BEACH – On Aprilt 26, parishioners of Our Lady of the Sea Church were told they has put God in his place. In congratulating them during the Rite for Dedication in their new church, Bishop David B. Thompson told […]


A sad and celebratory farewell

The people of St. Martin de Porres say goodbye to the Dominicans by celebrating thier 60-year legacy at the parish COLUMBIA – St. Martin de Porres Parish bid a fond and poignant farewell Sunday to the Dominican community that has served the Columbia congregation faithfully and well for over 60 years. It was Dominican Day, […]


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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 1 Black Catholics Heritage Celebration
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    Dec 15 Simbang Gabi for Filipino Catholics
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    Dec 25 Diocesan Television Christmas Special Fox 21
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    Jan 412:00 am Class 2019 Ordination Retreat
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    Jan 812:00 am Retiro Espiritual de Emmaus
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    Jan 1210:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
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    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
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