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1998

All Ministries Conference brings ministries together

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS COLUMBIA — The 1998 All-Ministries Conference, held Oct. 12 in the shadow of the state capitol at the Adam’s Mark Hotel, was a celebration and convergence of diversity. It was the first event of its kind in the diocese and offered proof that there is just not enough time in the […]


Daughters, Father Willey recognized at St. Cyprian

By TIM BULLARD GEORGETOWN — September sunshine streamed through the stained glass of St. Cyprian’s Church on Sept. 27 as Bishop David B. Thompson visited the parish to celebrate Mass, recognize the fifth year of service for the Daughters of Charity Order here, and introduce the church’s new sacramental priest, Father Dennis B. Willey. White […]


Claverites zone in with 19 new members

By PAUL A. BARRA SUMTER — Church nobility filled the St. Jude parish hall with activity Oct. 24 as the Knights of Peter Claver and the Ladies of Peter Claver celebrated a zone meeting. Nineteen new members, including four youth, were initiated into the two service organizations from Zone 5 (Sumter, Charleston and Savannah). Following […]


St. Philip Neri Parish dedicated

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH FORT MILL — The St. Philip Neri Parish was dedicated by Bishop David B. Thompson on Sept. 27, culminating a six-year journey that began in 1992 with a feasibility study for establishing a church in the Fort Mill area. Oratorian Father John Giuliani, pastor, extended special thanks to Bishop Thompson for founding […]


New diocesan archivist looks to modernize office

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS CHARLESTON — Time marches on but it has found a place to rest in the diocesan archives. The public and private records located in the climate-controlled room behind the Bishop’s residence at 114 Broad St. are in the care of a new archivist, Mary Giles. In the few weeks that she […]


Helping children cope with growing pains

By MARY HOOD HART We were driving to Mass one Sunday, when from the back seat, 7-year-old Anna complained, “Mom, my head and ear hurt.” My mind began racing: Is she coming down with a bad cold? An ear infection? Strep throat? Should I take her to the walk-in clinic as soon as we leave […]


Charismatic conference celebrates unity in the Holy Spirit

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS COLUMBIA — Clapping, singing and arms outstretched, charismatic prayer groups gathered for a weekend of prayer and inspiration during the 1998 South Carolina Charismatic Conference at St. John Neumann Elementary School Oct. 23-25. With a theme of “The Holy Spirit, our Hope for Unity,” the annual conference, combined liturgies, a healing […]


Mobile Classroom Part III – Guadalupe, at travel’s end

Editor’s Note: This is the final installment in which Father ‘Rick LaBrecque, the pastor of Conway and Loris, shares the experiences and lessons of his passage through the homeland of his Mexican parishioners. We concluded the previous installment as we accompanied “newlyweds” Eduardo and Hilaria Rivera and guests through the humble streets of Colonia Santiago, […]


Birthright of Charleston regains strength

By NANCY CZABALA “Clearly, as God’s possessions, children have a right to be born — a birthright. We should keep in mind that God has a great destiny in store for every child he creates.” — Louise Summerhill, founder of Birthright and author of The Story of Birthright: The Alternative to Abortion. CHARLESTON — Birthright […]


Artist’s wood work is crafted to support children in need

By HOLLY GATLING COLUMBIA — On each carved cross the hanging corpus evokes disturbing images of agony. Christ’s deadweight, tormented body sags forward, his fists clenched against the spikes through his palms. His arms stretch upward to their excruciating anatomical limits. His knees splay and his impaled feet droop in a gesture of utter helplessness. […]


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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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