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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 […]

New Catholic school to open in Garden City

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS GARDEN CITY  St. Michael’s Parish will add a new element to its Christian formation and evangelization this fall with the opening of a new school. St. Michael’s Catholic School will officially open its doors to children in kindergarten through second grade. A third and fourth grade will be added, depending […]

Social Ministry Director focuses on building relationships

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS CHARLESTON  Social work has been a lifetime experience for Dorothy Grillo. Her chosen career has led her on a path of caring starting with adolescents and progressing to the elderly. That life process now culminates in a new role as diocesan Director of the Office of Social Ministry where Grillo […]

Leaders gather, prepare for 2000 Hispanic event

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS CHARLESTON — Over 85 leaders of Hispanic ministry from the Province of Atlanta attended a meeting of preparation for Encounter 2000 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist Jan. 16. This Subregional Encounter was a gathering to prepare for the millennium celebration of the fourth national Encuentro to be held […]

Congregations reminded of unity

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH COLUMBIA — An ecumenical renewal of baptismal vows highlighted a Sunday afternoon service of word and prayer conducted by the bishops of the churches of the LARCUM covenant in South Carolina (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Episcopal Church [Anglican], the Roman Catholic Church and the United Methodist Church). The Jan. 17 […]

Ecumenism the theme of MLK celebration

By PAUL A. BARRA JAMES ISLAND — On the eve of Martin Luther King’s 70th birthday, more than 200 people gathered in the Church of the Nativity to celebrate his life. They sang along with youth choirs from the host parish and from a neighboring Presbyterian church, watched a skit about a young boy’s dream, […]

Piedmont Cluster IV addresses priest shortage

By SHEILA OJENDYK LAURENS — People from six parishes in the southwest corner of the Piedmont Deanery recently filled the meeting room of Holy Spirit Mission to address the scarcity of priests in their cluster. Sister Joan Kobe, DW, pastoral administrator of Good Shepherd Mission in McCormick, facilitated the Cluster IV meeting on Jan 10. […]

If it sound too good to be true, it probably is

By REV. MSGR. JAMES A. CARTER Whenever two or more are gathered to discuss the critical, immediate shortage of priests in the Diocese of Charleston, someone usually tries to dismiss the complexity and gravity of the situation by proposing simple, even naive, solutions. These solutions come from both sides of the spectrum. On the one […]

Sister Lupe Stump is new coordinator of Hispanic Ministry

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS Sister Lupe Stump has broadened her ministry from a small, but active mission to one that encompasses the state. This Sister of Mercy of the Americas is the new coordinator of Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of Charleston. As of Feb. 1, Sister Lupe will oversee the development and involvement of […]

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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