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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. […]

Teaching children ‘the realities’ of sex, violence

By MARY HOOD HART Recently, I read a local news story about a grandmother who was distraught because her 15-year-old granddaughter, while staying at the grandmother’s home, ran up a phone bill of over $300 in calls to an international phone-sex line. Apparently unaware that her grandmother was being charged for the calls in less […]

Kendall ‘crosses the threshold’ to Catholicism in the Eucharist

By PAUL A. BARRA Jeffrey A. Kendall went from fallen-away Methodist to Catholic and from construction project manager to priest, all inside of 10 years. Along the way, he earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Wake Forest, one in civil engineering from North Carolina A&T and two master’s degrees from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. […]

Newly ordained can change the world

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS CHARLESTON The stained glass window portraying the Last Supper high above the altar at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist provided an historical reminder for the ceremony taking place beneath it July 12. Four priests were ordained in front of the picture of Jesus Christ sharing the ultimate sacrifice with […]

Dubrouillet engineers change to a new vocation

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH James Dubrouillet’s trek to the priesthood has followed a circuitous route, from Missouri to Texas to South Carolina and seminary training in Washington and Maryland, but following his ordination to the priesthood by Bishop David Thompson at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston on July 12, he will be […]

Brother O’Leary gives gifts from the heart in outreach ministry

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS ORANGEBURG – Brother Jeremiah O’Leary enjoys giving gifts but they do not come wrapped in colored paper and tied with curling ribbons. The new executive director of the Cooperative Church Ministries of Orangeburg gives gifts of the heart in the form of time, care and effort helping others make it through […]

Buchanan going from reluctant altar boy to diocesan priesthood

By PAUL A. BARRA Scott James-Allen Buchanan did not attend Catholic grammar school, high school or college, and when his pastor wanted him to become an altar boy as a youth, he didn’t want to do it. But his mother insisted, and the experience changed his life forever. On July 12, Deacon Scott Buchanan will […]

Mission, vision key for Institute’s board members

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON – A review of curriculum recommendations, possible faculty members, resource centers, and course length and frequency of classes were among items discussed at the recent meeting of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Parish Leadership Development. Ten members of the group gathered in Charleston July 11 to discuss policies […]

Sanctuary rededication marks new chapter for St. Andrew’s

By TIM BULLARD MYRTLE BEACH As Bishop David B. Thompson anointed the altar of St. Andrew’s Church newly renovated sanctuary June 22, Msgr. Joseph Roth and his parish celebrated the conclusion of a challenging quest. “I am delighted to be here today to rededicate your church and bless again your altar,” said Bishop Thompson in […]

Priest wonders what is in store for Hong Kong after visit

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS Like most people, Father Rick LaBrecque wonders what life will be like in Hong Kong after returning to Chinese sovereignity, but his curiosity is made more intense, having seen the island recently in its before state. The pastor of St. James Church in Conway traveled to the island for a 10-day […]

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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 1 Black Catholics Heritage 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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