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1999

Rocks and cotton make summer Scripture

By JOEY REISTROFFER GAFFNEY — At Sacred Heart Church 25 youngsters are taking a week out of their summer playtime to learn about the foundations of their faith. They are growing spiritually, and they don’t even know it. To them, Vacation Bible School is a chance to pal around with their buddies. They get to […]


Bishop David B. Thompson’s statement on Bishop Baker’s appointment

Thank you all for assembling here this morning for a most important and truly historic event for Catholics in South Carolina – the announcement of the appointment of the new Bishop of Charleston, the Most Reverend Robert J. Baker, now the 12th Bishop of Charleston. Thanks be to God! The Church of Charleston welcomes you, […]


Pee Dee Catholic Charities volunteers recognized for service

By TIM BULLARD CONWAY — The look on the face of a jobless woman trying to feed her family; a homeless man in a tent accepts sacks of food; whether or not to choose life or an abortion, a mother makes the right choice; a Yugoslavian gets motel refuge. Those were some of the anecdotes […]


Statement of Bishop Robert J. Baker at press conference

Thank you Bishop Thompson for your warm welcome to Charleston and your gracious hospitality. How blessed have the people of the Diocese been to have had you lead them, and I ask you now to pray for me that I may emulate your devoted and faith-filled leadership in the days and months and years ahead. […]


Superior of Charleston center named to provincial team

CHARLESTON — On Pentecost Sunday, Sister Christine Virginia Orfeo, superior and manager of the Daughters of St. Paul’s Pauline Books and Media Center on King Street was appointed to the order’s provincial council. Together with their new provincial superior, Sister Germana Santos, and three other councilors, she will help govern the Daughters’ publishing house in […]


Bishop Baker introduced at press conference

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON — Bishop Robert J. Baker of Jacksonville, Fla., was introduced to the Diocese of Charleston by his predecessor, Bishop David B. Thompson, in a Tuesday morning press conference held at the Cathedral center. In his opening remarks, Bishop Thompson said, “The Church of Charleston, welcomes you, Bishop Baker, as a gift […]


Background investigations nothing new for firm contracted by diocese

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON — At the beginning of this month, the Diocese of Charleston began a process of using the results of background screens for determination regarding the eligibility of an individual for ministry or other service to parishes throughout the state. William A. Sharp, vice president of Fidelifacts/Metropolitan New York Inc., the firm […]


Florida parish priest named Bishop of Charleston

CHARLESTON — Pope John Paul II has appointed Father Robert J. Baker, pastor of Christ the King Catholic Church in Jacksonville, Fla., as Bishop of the Diocese of Charleston. The appointment was announced in Washington July 13 by Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States. Bishop David B. Thompson, current Bishop of Charleston, […]


Couple returning to Vietnam for more missionary work

By PAUL A. BARRA CHARLESTON — They were introduced as people “who have evidenced for us faith in action,” yet they have no intention of slowing the action anytime soon. Most of the 60 people who gathered for the adult education session at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist on July 4 thought that […]


Diocese introduces religious education guidelines, DRE certification

By PAUL A. BARRA SUMMERVILLE — The Diocese of Charleston promulgated new guidelines for parish religious education efforts in two workshops in Summerville and Columbia last week. At the same time, the Office of Evangelization, Initiation and Catechesis introduced a first-ever credentialing program for parish catechetical leaders. The Christian formation guidelines draw their authority from […]


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