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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 […]

Singletary shares gift of classical dance with youth

By PAUL A. BARRA LAKE CITY – Twenty-five years ago he danced with Baryshnikov, today he dances with Lachaunsky; Lachaunsky Jones, that is. Karl Singletary danced ballet in Europe and across the USA as a young man after training for decades under the world’s greatest Russian classicists. He was the first African American to receive […]

Busy academic year ends for diocesan schools office

By PAUL A. BARRA and JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON – The 1996-97 academic year was an exciting one for the 27 Catholic schools of the diocesan system. Lawrence Oleksiak, diocesan assistant superintendent of schools, talked about the busy and rewarding academic year with The Miscellany recently. The school year ended with three principal positions open as […]

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 […]

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 […]

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    Dec 1 Black Catholics Heritage Celebration
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Dec 15 Simbang Gabi for Filipino Catholics
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    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
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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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