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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 […]

Ministry retreat a big success

By PAUL A. BARRA SEABROOK ISLAND — The first annual diocesan retreat for directors of religious education and youth ministers was held at Camp St. Christopher on May 19-21. Called “Renew and Rejoice,” it was such a success that a retreat is going to be de rigueur for all such ministers. “Basically, a renewal is […]

Thomas Miles exemplifies quality of new priests

By PAUL A. BARRA NEW ORLEANS  The Diocese of Charleston may be experiencing a shortage in the quantity of priests available to minister to the people of God, but the events of June 26 will demonstrate that quality, at least, is not a problem. Among the three transitional deacons who will be ordained to […]

Bob Sayer is looking forward to life as a priest

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS CHARLESTON – Open the gate and he is off and running  Robert J. Sayer is ready to be a priest. “I just want to hurry up and get there, I’ve waited a long time,” said the newly graduated seminarian who doesn’t stand on ceremony. Although, he can’t wait for the […]

Contributions a teacher makes can never be fully identified

By MARY HOOD HART As we were driving down the road, my friend pointed out a sign on a gift shop window. It read “Thank you, Teacher” Gifts, all under $5.99. We laughed about the message implied in such an ad: “Here’s a trinket in gratitude for the treasure of an education.” Surely, most teachers […]

Farrell ordained a deacon by Archbishop Donoghue

EMMITSBURG, Md. — Ronald John Farrell, a third-year theology student at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary, was ordained to the transitional diaconate by Archbishop John F. Donoghue of the Archdiocese of Atlanta during a recent Mass in the Chapel of Immaculate Conception at Mount Saint Mary’s College and Seminary. The newly ordained deacon is entering his […]

New Pawleys Island church dedication planned for June 6

PAWLEYS ISLAND — More than 800 parishioners and visitors will participate in the rite of dedication of the new church of Precious Blood of Christ on June 6. Bishop David B. Thompson will perform the dedication after having the building handed over to him by John Glinka, chairman of the Building Committee; Bill Haubrich, pledge […]

Miscellany honored at Catholic press meeting

CHICAGO — The New Catholic Miscellany was honored with two national awards at the recent convention of the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada, held in Chicago May 26-28. The Miscellany was recognized by The Society for the Propagation of the Faith in this year’s Archbishop Edward T. O’Meara Awards competition for […]

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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
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Dec 15 Simbang Gabi for Filipino Catholics
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    Dec 25 Diocesan Television Christmas Special Fox 21
    From the Calendar of Ethnic Ministries
    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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