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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 […]

Shimica Gaskins relies on faith, parents

By PAUL A. BARRA LAKE CITY She may be only 16 years old, but Shimica Gaskins already knows the weight of evangelization on her shoulders. She has learned to carry it well, to demonstrate the impact one soul can make. Shimica is one of four Catholics in all of Lake City High School. She’s bright […]

New DDF grant applications share gifts diocesan-wide

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON – New improved guidelines and an updated application form have been developed for the 1997-98 Diocesan Development Fund (DDF), and the Stewardship and Development Office is currently looking for applicants in South Carolina communities. “The development of a clear, concise application process, coupled with guidelines directed toward the six major criteria […]

Appreciating our freedoms

By MARY HOOD HART In July 4, amidst the picnics and fireworks, I sometimes feel the reason for our celebration is drowned out by all the noise. I wonder if my children really understand what we’re celebrating. My older children have studied the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, our founding fathers. They […]

Education and crafts offered to island youths

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH JOHNS ISLAND “Yes I can” was an appropriate theme for the summer education program at Our Lady of Mercy Outreach Center, as about 20 children from Kiawah, Seabrook, and John’s Island met for three weeks to receive “enrichment and reinforcement,” according to Sister Mary Joseph Ritter, OLM, center director. Each session, designed […]

Pastoral administrators from three dioceses meet for first time

By MATT DOYLE DURHAM, N.C. The gathering was to exchange ideas, frustrations, hopes, dreams and experiences. When it was over, the 31 pastoral administrators and coordinators decided to do it again next year. Parish leaders from three dioceses in the region gathered at Avila Retreat Center June 12 for a 12-hour meeting on their ministry. […]

‘Beginnings and Beyond’ participants experience growing pains

By BOB SAYER COLUMBIA – For participants of the “Beginnings and Beyond Institute,” held recently at the Capstone Conference Center of the University of South Carolina, many new, and sometimes difficult insights were gained into the growing process of those going through the church’s Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). The week-long workshop began […]

‘Vocations volcano’ working to put missionaries out of a job

By FATHER J. DONALD GORSKI ZORRITOS, Peru – This mission parish of Zorritos has about 25,000 Catholics scattered through 35 widely separated pueblos, almost every pueblo with its own church. It is served by one priest and two sisters. A few months ago our parish produced its first religious sister, as a young woman took […]

Pro-life advocate Helen Alvare‚ to speak in South Carolina

COLUMBIA – Helen Alvare, pro-life spokeswoman for the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, will give a series of lectures and meet with priests from the Diocese of Charleston on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the University of South Carolina. Alvare‚ will also address USC Honors College students and Carolina Scholars on Sept. 4 before traveling to […]

Shooting stained glass is passion for Kanapaux

By PAUL A. BARRA CHARLESTON — Bill Kanapaux is reluctant to say that he is obsessed with photographing stained glass windows, but he does admit to a passion for the work. That passion has resulted in a project that has both documented the historic beauty of the stained glass in the diocesan cathedral and made […]

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    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