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How much can I handle?

By FATHER JOHN KENNY, CSP I have some news to break to you which I feel difficulty in expressing. It’s about my future and my relationship with all of you. The Paulist pattern for priests who are pastors and religious superiors is what we call a 4-2-2 system. A priest is appointed for a four-year […]

Workshop aids communication

By KATHLEEN SCHMUGGE LEXINGTON — The first Catholic communication ministry was instituted when Jesus said to his apostles, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the good news to all creations.” Since those ancient days, technology has greatly simplified the task, eliminating many of the past difficulties. However, the call of Jesus remains a challenge, […]

Worship service brings together five denominations

By NANCY SCHWERIN CHARLESTON  “Lent is about God’s presence in your life and mine. Reassuring us that (in hardship) death does not defeat life,” said the Rev. Dr. Edward L. Counts, pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church, in addressing the congregation at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Five denominations shared a common […]

Martin Sheen acts on his faith and for social justice

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS CHARLESTON  To talk to Martin Sheen about Catholicism is to talk about diversity. He is an in-your-face activist for social justice, an introspective Catholic who has returned to the church after a long absence, and an enthusiastic purveyor of spirituality. While filming “O” a modern-day version of Shakespeare’s “Othello,” centering […]

Catholic Relief Services empowering the poor in India

By FATHER JOHN GEANEY, CSP You don’t know Abraham Edassery. He’s 5 feet 10 inches tall, has a good crop of hair, a strikingly handsome face. Like many of the people in India, he has an amazing gentleness. The gentleness masks a no-nonsense dedication to the poor of India. Abraham is the manager for human […]

Sea of Peace House of Prayer relocates on Edisto

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS “Just as the fish is in the sea, so am I in the soul, and the soul in me, sea of peace.” EDISTO ISLAND — In the tranquil atmosphere of the barrier islands, Sea of Peace House of Prayer sits in the shade of sprawling live oak trees looking out over […]

‘No Place Like Home’ for busy band

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH LAKE WYLIE — Scarecrow and Tinmen were no strangers to many of the teens attending the eighth annual Diocesan State Youth Conference. The group performed here previously for the Junior High Youth Rally and has played countless gigs at venues across the Southeast for the past five years. In 1994, lead singer/keyboardist […]

Young people make a difference by sharing Christ at conference

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH LAKE WYLIE — “Youth are not the future of the church. They are the church now.” That was the message that Jerry White, director of the diocesan Youth and Young Adults Ministry Office, stressed when talking about the record number of youth and adults taking part in the eighth annual Diocesan State […]

Diocese takes action to alleviate effects of priest shortage

By MSGR. JAMES CARTER In the Nov. 5 edition, this newspaper reported the critical situation in the Diocese of Charleston regarding the projected number of priests who will be available to serve in ministry in the next five years. On March 9, the deans, diocesan staff and other representatives met to review plans developed to […]

Mother of Africa Chapel draws Gaskins to her

By PAUL A. BARRA WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last year, Shimica D. Gaskins was the only Catholic in her senior class at Lake City High School. Today she rides an academic scholarship at the Catholic University of America. She is not the only Catholic in her class. In fact, the faith she strengthened among the Baptists […]

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