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Facilitators are key to the Institute

REV. JOSEPH A WAHL, C.O. Recently I expressed personal gratitude to 27 men and women who hold key positions in the Institute for Parish Leadership Development, that is the Institute facilitators. I told them we could not have completed Course One without their many contributions. I thought I would share the roles they played in […]

Youths ‘take one to the cross’ at junior high rally

COLUMBIA — Zany games and ice breakers, breakout groups, dramas and skits, powerful testimonies from high school youth, all topped off with a closing liturgy. The third annual diocesan junior high school rally, entitled “Take One To The Cross,” offered all of the above and more as this year’s retreat-style format filled the gym of […]

Prince of Peace unveils $4 million capital campaign

By SHEILA OJENDYK GREENVILLE — Father Steven Brovey spied a thousand faces staring at him and remarked, “Who said there are no Catholics in South Carolina?” After many months of planning, Prince of Peace unveiled a $4 million capital campaign at Greenville’s Palmetto Center on Oct. 29. Every household in the parish received an engraved […]

‘Peace on earth’

By MSGR. THOMAS R. DUFFY Thirty-six years ago Pope John XXIII wrote a letter entitled “Peace on Earth.” He began this letter with the observation that “Peace on earth can be firmly established only if the order laid down by God be dutifully observed.” Unfortunately since Adam and Eve sinned, peace has not been firmly […]

Not your ordinary summer camp

By JULIE BRICKLE CHARLESTON — Reminiscing about summer camp can conjure up all kinds of images: pony rides, potholders, games of “Marco Polo” in the lake, and a midnight camp fire complete with ghost story. You were there for a week or two, then you were gone. If you were lucky, you met a pen-pal […]

Master craftsman makes major contributions to parish

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH GOOSE CREEK — During the recent mortgage burning celebration at Immaculate Conception Church, the ceremony featured the blessing and unveiling of memorial plaques constructed by Rey Ignacio, a parishioner as well as a master craftsman. It was only fitting that the plaques, meant to help people remember the events leading up to […]

South Carolina woman elected to head Christian Action Council

COLUMBIA — For the first time in its 67-year history, the South Carolina Christian Action Council has selected a woman to lead the state’s most visible ecumenical organization. The Rev. Brenda Kneece, a native of Batesburg, will assume duties as executive minister of the Christian Action Council on Dec. 1, succeeding the Rev. Dr. Wayne […]

Death penalty abolitionists continue vigil in light of stay

By PAUL A. BARRA COLUMBIA – Ron Kaz heard the good news while he was sitting in traffic on the interstate from Charleston. He came to the death penalty prayer vigil anyway, because he wanted to finally enjoy one. “Twenty-two times I’ve made this trip, and this is only the second time we’ve had a […]

Annual ecumenical service notes signing of joint declaration

By KATHY SCHMUGGE BATESBURG — On Oct. 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church of Wittenburg in Germany, and unwittingly began the painful split in the Mother Church. For the past four years, Rev. David Butler, pastor at Wittenburg Lutheran Church in Batesburg, along with Father Jerome […]

Author Nicholas Sparks remembers his Catholic roots

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS In between selling millions of copies of his novels and touring the country on book signings, author Nicholas Sparks can literally count his blessings. The writer’s debut novel, The Notebook, spent a combined 132 weeks on the New York Times hardcover and paperback bestseller lists. Message in a Bottle spent over […]

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    Dec 15 Simbang Gabi for Filipino Catholics
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    Dec 25 Diocesan Television Christmas Special Fox 21
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    Jan 412:00 am Class 2019 Ordination Retreat
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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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