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The ‘vocations crisis’

By REV. HENRY T. BARRON As Msgr. Carter’s articles in this column the past few weeks have emphasized, we are experiencing in the Church a “vocations crisis.” Some people talk of a shortage of vocations to the priesthood and religious life, others prefer to talk of a “vocations crisis.” The term, shortage can be quite […]

DDF workshops kick off 1999 appeal

By SHEILA OJENDYK Bless us, O Lord” is the theme of this year’s 1999 Diocesan Development Fund, which supports social outreach programs, Catholic schools, seminarians, evangelization and prayer and worship ministries. During December and January, DDF kick-offs and workshops were held in each deanery throughout the diocese. The annual appeal had its official kickoff in […]

Aiken’s needy feel good at ACTS of Caring Clinic

DEIRDRE C. MAYS AIKEN — The gaps between HMO’s, private insurance, and federal health programs are wide and people with very low incomes often fall between the cracks. They don’t qualify for the standard routes of health care and can barely afford to scrape by, let alone pay for a visit to a clinic that […]

Bishop says pope’s presence unifying

By JULIE DOWNS CHARLESTON — Bishop David B. Thompson found the recent visit of Pope John Paul II to the United States a completely positive experience, from the inspired crowds and the well-organized logistics to the pope himself, whose impact and challenging message have not been tempered by time or age. The pope visited St. […]

Panduro to represent diocesan youth at national conference

SPARTANBURG — The people of St. Paul the Apostle are very proud of Ana Panduro. The soon-to-be 17-year-old is a junior at Spartanburg High School and a member of the St. Paul the Apostle youth group. Panduro also has a special affinity for the elderly. She volunteers at Spartanburg’s Mary Black Hospital and prefers to […]

Barbara Vaudreuil: Living life in response to God’s gifts

By SHEILA OJENDYK GREENWOOD  Barbara Vaudreuil, synod implementation coordinator at Our Lady of Lourdes, leads a valuable workshop, “Stewardship and the Gift of Time.” She has presented this workshop three times in 1998 in Greenwood at Our Lady of Lourdes. A participant at one of her recent workshops described it as being life changing. […]

1998 DDF campaign most successful ever

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON  The results are in for the 1998 Diocesan Development Fund (DDF) campaign, themed “Returning God’s Gifts,” and it heralds the completion of the most successful year in its history. Last year’s effort brought in over $1.7 million from 16,549 participating families, both of which are new highs for the diocese. […]

Blanket project makes life ‘warm and fuzzy’

By SHEILA OJENDYK GREENVILLE  Something warm and fuzzy happened this month in the Upstate. Some of the needy have been without heat in their homes  those who have homes  and people responded generously to the call to “blanket the Upstate.” This heart-warming project began when Doug Bell, director of Goodwill, contacted Sister […]

What can parishioners do to nourish vocations?

By REV. MSGR. JAMES A. CARTER In this space over the past several weeks, I have addressed various aspects of the crisis we face in the Diocese of Charleston with the severe shortage of ordained priests. Priests around the diocese have preached on this crisis in conjunction with vocations week. Parish leaders are meeting often […]


By MARY HOOD HART Every now and then, I read a news article that infuriates me, but the article isn’t intended to arouse my ire, it’s designed to enlighten readers about current trends. This sort of article, when reporting on a trend I find appalling, makes me wonder if I’m the only reader in America […]

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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
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    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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