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1998

Holy Spirit, Source of Unity

NORTH CHARLESTON — Nearly 100 catechists and directors of religious education turned out for a workshop on their ministry Sept. 12. The day-long event was produced by the Coastal Area Directors of Religious Education (CADRE) and was hosted by St. Thomas the Apostle Church. The choir from St. Philip Benizi in Moncks Corner sang to […]


Habitat for Humanity Peruvian mission

By JOEY REISTROFFER Flying to a foreign country to lug 40-pound concrete blocks around all day under a searing equatorial sun doesn’t sound like a dream vacation, but George Gagnon thought it was an opportunity of a lifetime. Habitat for Humanity has that effect on people. “It’s an incredible experience,” Gagnon said about his mission […]


School of Americas protester completes prison sentence

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS ESTILL — Suffering, starvation and oppression are concepts Father Roy Bourgeois knows well; it is part of his ministry. The Maryknoll priest sacrifices his freedom for the poor and to see justice for those of his religious brothers and sisters whose peaceful lives ended with violent acts of terrorism. Father Bourgeois […]


Convocation examines Hispanic ministry

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH COLUMBIA — Examining ways to serve the ever-increasing number of people of Hispanic origin living and working in South Carolina was the purpose of the Diocese of Charleston’s first Hispanic Ministry Convocation, held Sept. 9 and 10 at the Ramada Plaza Hotel. Presenters for the conference, which attracted about 150 priests and […]


Parish puts welcome mat out for new staff members

By SHEILA OJENDYK GREENVILLE — St. Mary Parish welcomed three new staff members on Aug. 16 with a buffet reception. Father James Dubrouillet is the new parochial vicar, Sister of St. Joseph Beverly Nonte is the new Hispanic minister, and Mickey Farmer is the new youth minister. All followed winding roads to get where they […]


Father Gabe Smith awarded Purple Heart

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS CHARLESTON — A local priest’s distinguished service in the military has finally received an award of merit, 31 years after the event. Father Gabe Smith, 57, pastor of St. Joseph Church in West Ashley, was awarded the Purple Heart recently, for a wound he received during the Vietnam War. The Order […]


St. John the Beloved celebrates 100 years

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS SUMMERVILLE — It has been a century of faith. St. John the Beloved Parish has been celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, marking the birth, growth and spiritual prosperity of its community. During the celebration Mass held Sept. 13, Bishop David B. Thompson referred to that Sunday’s gospel of the prodigal […]


Priest finds work with Hispanic migrants rewarding

By FATHER ANTONIO JUYA With much joy I want to bring my fraternal greeting in the name of Christ to all the communities in the Diocese of Charleston. It is a delight for me to be able to relate the positive experiences of my pastoral work, for the good of my migrant brothers existing in […]


Ground blessing ceremony held at Our Lady of Lourdes

By BARBARA VAUDREUIL GREENWOOD — A fine Labor Day afternoon brought out over 500 members of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish for blessing of the church’s new property. The ground blessing was followed by a Texas barbecue, complete with 150 pounds of beef brisket flown in from that state over the weekend. During the ground […]


What do we tell our children? What do we tell ourselves?

By REV. MSGR. JAMES A. CARTER, V.G. Editor’s Note: The following is a homily given by Msgr. James A. Carter, pastor of Christ Our King Church in Mount Pleasant and Vicar General of the Diocese of Charleston, at the Sept. 13 Masses at his parish. Despite all the advances in building materials and our better […]


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