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Engaged Encounter offers couples chance to focus on each other

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS for The Miscellany Thirty-six years into their marriage and Rich and Joanne Campana are still in Engaged Encounter coordinating it of course. The Greenville duo are giving couples who are readying themselves for the sacrament of marriage the benefit of their experience in a long-term Catholic union. Couples preparing for the […]


Stewardship Day focuses on communicating the message

By JULIE DOWNS for The Miscellany COLUMBIA Financial discussions took a backseat to inspiration and “enthusiasm for the faith” at the diocesan Stewardship Day Sept. 24. The Diocese of Charleston’s director of Stewardship and Development, Sandy Ferencz, conceded in her workshop that when most people hear stewardship they think of one thing: money. But keynote […]


St. Mary School: One big family

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS for The Miscellany GREENVILLE – Talk to teachers, parents and administrators at St. Mary Elementary School and they say its like never leaving home. “It’s family,” said Ruthie Lutz, who has two children there. “People are very willing to help out. There’s just this great feeling that everybody truly cares. The […]


Cursillistas celebrate 40th anniversary

By PAUL A. BARRA for The Miscellany CHARLESTON Hundreds of cursillistas adherents of Cursillo from across South Carolina gathered at the diocesan cathedral on Sept. 21 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their spiritual movement in the United States. Bishop David B. Thompson of Charleston presided over the celebratory liturgy. A cursillista himself, Bishop Thompson […]


CHD empowers communities to work together

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON An overview of the Campaign for Human Development, the types of projects funded, and the major grant programs available was the focus of two presentations in the diocese by CHD representatives from Washington, D.C., recently. Andy Slettebak, economic development specialist, and Bill Appleby Purcell, education specialist, led meetings in Charleston on […]


McSweeney and Christophers spread message of hope

By JULIE DOWNS for The Miscellany COLUMBIA Listening was a key point in Father Thomas J. McSweeney’s keynote address at the recent Stewardship Day. It is a topic the priest knows well, as he never tires of hearing others tell him their stories. Father McSweeney has served as director of the organization known as The […]


Schroeder to support religious education directors at parishes

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS CHARLESTON Paul Schroeder is a natural in his job. The new diocesan director of Catechesis, Initiation and Evangelization has been involved in ministry for most of his adult life. He comes to serve South Carolina Catholics from the Diocese of Erie in Pennsylvania where he was associate director for religious education. […]


Looking for Diocese of Charleston college students

By ANN PENICK Catholic Campus ministers at 12 state and 13 private colleges and universities in South Carolina could use your help. No, we’re not asking for money here! Rather, these campus ministers need names and campus addresses of the Catholic students they serve. One of the most difficult problems confronting any campus minister is […]


Anniversary celebration ‘a long time coming’

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH for The Miscellany CHARLESTON “Embracing Our Past Envisioning Our Future” was the theme for the 160th anniversary of St. Patrick Church, and three days of activities highlighted celebrations at the parish last Friday through Sunday. To begin, Bishop David B. Thompson and former priests of St. Patrick and St. Peter Churches took […]


Vinasco to apply experience to Hispanic and migrant ministry

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS A quiet air of confidence is apparent when listening to Diego Hernan Vinasco-Rivera talk about his life leading to the priesthood. That security comes from the assurance of a loving family, a consistent Catholic upbringing, an active participation in his parishes, working with people and the resulting devotion to his religion. […]


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    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