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1998

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. […]


Bishop says farewell at deanery celebrations

The Bishop is a man of his people. Bishop David B. Thompson could have stayed in Charleston, said his farewell Mass at the Cathedral and then retired. Instead, he chose to visit different cities in the diocese and say his good-byes to his people at their home parishes. In the Pee Dee Deanery, Bishop Thompson […]


Condon, Mack see bigger picture

By NANCY CZABALA CHARLESTON — After a lifetime of serving the church, “since confirmation,” Harriett Condon was installed as province director for the Atlanta Province at the National Council of Catholic Women General Assembly Oct. 1-4 in Dearborn, Mich. The two-year position is rotated among the Archdiocese of Atlanta, the Diocese of Savannah and the […]


Life Chains link across the state

Life Chain Sunday was observed throughout the Diocese of Charleston on Oct. 4 as parishioners gathered all across the Coastal, Pee Dee, Piedmont and Midlands deaneries to show their respect for life. Following is a summary of what took place in just a few locations in South Carolina. Greenville It poured all morning the day […]


Ernesto Torres: Working in the image of Christ

By PAUL A. BARRA MOUNT PLEASANT — When a columnist referred to Ernesto M. Torres as “St. Ernie” in a local newspaper earlier this year, he was embarrassed. None of the thousands of people from across the state who know Torres were surprised to hear of the appellation, however. “The image of Christ fits Ernie,” […]


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    Jun 219:00 am Bishop - Mass at St. Benedict's - Mt. Pleasant
    From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
    Jun 226:00 pm Ordination of the Adorno Deacons - Immaculate Conception - Goose Creek
    From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
    Jun 235:30 pm St. Philip Neri - Fort Mill - 25th Parish Anniversary - All day event - Mass at 5:30
    From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
    Jun 25 Xavier Institute for Black Catholic Studies
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Jun 276:30 pm Bishop presiding Confirmation - Stella Maris - Sullivans Island
    From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
    Jun 288:00 am Mass at St. Patrick's - Charleston
    From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
    Jun 304:00 pm Fortnight for Freedom - Cardinal Newman HS - Columbia
    From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
    Jul 1 Daniel Rudd Fund Application open
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Jul 2 St. Anthony of Padua Summer Academy Holiday-no school
    From the Calendar of St. Anthony of Padua School Greenville
    Jul 4 Independence Day
    From the Calendar of St. Anne and St. Jude Catholic School
    Independence Day
    From the Calendar of St. Anthony School Florence
    Jul 9 Summer Academy Resumes
    From the Calendar of St. Anthony of Padua School Greenville
    High School CLI
    From the Calendar of Youth Ministry
    Jul 14 Diocese of Charleston St. Kateri Tekakwitha Feast Day Celebration
    From the Calendar of Native American Ministry
    8:00 am Diaconate Formation Class
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    10:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Jul 158:00 am Diaconate Formation Class
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Jul 18 Tekakwitha Conference 2018
    From the Calendar of Native American Ministry
    Jul 27 4th National Black Catholic Women's Conference
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Jul 288:30 am Canon Law Course
    From the Calendar of Diaconate