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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 […]


Upstate Youth Day one of fun and spiritual development

By SHEILA OJENDYK GREENVILLE — The stage at the Msgr. Charles J. Baum Parish Recreation Center was decorated with seven gift-wrapped bags representing the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: courage, understanding, wonder and awe, knowledge, right judgment, reverence and wisdom. The occasion was the First Annual Upstate Youth Day on May 23, and teens […]


Religious groups join together to support social justice, share spirituality

By SHEILA OJENDYK GREENVILLE — Rabbi Marc Wilson of Beth Israel Congregation wants Greenville Faith Communities United to be “the primary inclusive religious voice in the community.” Greenville Faith Communities United is a developing alliance of faith communities formed to promote outreach, social justice, mutual support and shared spirituality. The alliance is the brainchild of […]


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 […]


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    Oct 13 Diocesan Evangelization Conference
    From the Calendar of Ethnic Ministries
    Oct 278:00 am Day of Continuing Education for Deacons
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Nov 1 Black Catholic History Month
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Nov 1010:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Nov 1210:00 am Junta Diocesana
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    Nov 17 Diocese of Charleston Native American Catholic Heritage Celebration
    From the Calendar of Native American Ministry
    Nov 18 Vietnamese Martyrs Celebration
    From the Calendar of Vietnamese Ministry
    Dec 1 Black Catholics Heritage Celebration
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Dec 15 Simbang Gabi for Filipino Catholics
    From the Calendar of Filipino Ministry
    Dec 25 Diocesan Television Christmas Special Fox 21
    From the Calendar of Ethnic Ministries
    Jan 412:00 am Class 2019 Ordination Retreat
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Jan 812:00 am Retiro Espiritual de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Jan 1210:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
    From the Calendar of Diaconate