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1999

Institute study of Mount Pleasant’s growth means in terms of new parishes

By KELLY CARR MOUNT PLEASANT – From April 1998 to January 1999, six Christ Our King parishioners attended the first segment of classes offered by the Institute for Parish Leadership Development. Representatives included Robert Michael Condon, Wilson Gautreaux, Sandra Rawls-Robinson, Edward M. Robinson, Lolita Reilly and Sharon Willi. The president of the parish council, Dr. […]


New building part of Mepkin’s evolution

By PAUL A. BARRA MONCKS CORNER – June 19 was a big day in the evolution of the monastic community at Mepkin Abbey. The monks broke ground for their new Senior Wing and celebrated the halfway mark in the construction effort on the Clare Boothe Luce Library. Thousands of visitors, more every year, come to […]


Monthly luncheons offer priests opportunity for fellowship, food

GOOSE CREEK — An occasion for priests to gather informally, break bread and catch up with what’s happening in Berkeley and Dorchester County parishes is a monthly highlight for about 20 Charleston area clerics. Priests from Summerville, Goose Creek, North Charleston, Moncks Corner and Bonneau gather at Immaculate Conception Church monthly for fellowship and food […]


Precious Blood, from garage to grand, dedicates building of faith

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS PAWLEYS ISLAND – In a packed church, members of Precious Blood of Christ experienced the beginning of a new era for Catholics in the Waccamaw Neck area June 6. The new church was dedicated by Bishop David B. Thompson, and a poignant farewell was given to Father Charles Snopek, pastor, as […]


St. Andrew’s Parish looks to faith, family and the future

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in a field. It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants. (Mt 13, 31-33) BLUFFTON – Faith, family and future could be the motto of St. Andrew’s […]


Oenbrink leaves financial-planning world to answer God’s call

By NANCY SCHWERIN Michael J. Oenbrink was born in Annapolis, Md., one of seven children. He graduated from The Citadel, started his own financial planning company, and at 35 entered the seminary — it was time to make a move. “I thought ‘if I don’t check out now I probably never would,’” he said. Oenbrink […]


Sherlock forging new ground and doing it well

NORTH AUGUSTA — Peter Christopher Sherlock mixes seriousness and wisdom beyond his years with a touch of humor. The 16-year-old Strom Thurmond High School student, who will be a senior this fall and is a member of St. Edward Church in Murphy Village, excels in anything that challenges him, both academically and athletically. He is […]


Memories of the Peruvian missions or five out of seven

By MSGR. J. DONALD GORSKI As best I can remember, it’s a first in my 40 years as a priest. I just returned from giving a young man five of the seven sacraments: the sacraments of confirmation, reconciliation, matrimony, and the anointing of the sick along with first Communion. I wrote an article on this […]


Dreams become reality at St. Joseph groundbreaking

By KATHY SCHMUGGE COLUMBIA — Dreams became reality when the shovels hit the dirt during the site preparation groundbreaking ceremony for Phase 1 of the St. Joseph’s church and school expansion on June 5. The initial phase will add an education building and a parish hall/gymnasium to be shared by both parish and school. The […]


Advice for fathers from an expert – a daughter

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS It’s a great thing to be able to reach an understanding in life where you can brag about your parents. For children everywhere, I’d like to offer some advice to fathers courtesy of my own childhood. As a southerner, we have to get one thing straight, it’s OK to call him […]


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    Oct 13 Diocesan Evangelization Conference
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    Oct 278:00 am Day of Continuing Education for Deacons
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    Nov 1 Black Catholic History Month
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    Nov 1010:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
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    Nov 1210:00 am Junta Diocesana
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    Nov 17 Diocese of Charleston Native American Catholic Heritage Celebration
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    Nov 18 Vietnamese Martyrs Celebration
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    Dec 1 Black Catholics Heritage Celebration
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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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