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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 […]

Filipinos fete ‘Holy Child’ at gathering

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS COLUMBIA — A swaying procession of Filipinos carrying statues of Santo Niño sang hymns in their native Tagalog and set the mood for a lively evening celebrating the “Holy Child.” The eighth annual Santo Niño Fiesta, held in the St. John Neumann School gym, drew over 350 people of Philippine heritage […]

Students focus on leadership at national conference

By NANCY SCHWERIN Traveling by plane, car and bus, four College of Charleston students met in Washington, D.C, over the holidays to learn the art of Catholic leadership at the National Catholic Student Coalition 15th Annual Leadership Conference. From Dec. 30 to Jan. 3, the students along with Catholic campus minister, Ann Penick, took the […]

Do we really have a shortage of priestly vocations?

By REV. MSGR. JAMES A. CARTER Do we really have a shortage of vocations to the priesthood? Or, rather, do we have a shortage of men able, for whatever reason, to answer God’s call to special service to the Church? In an address to the National Conference of Catholic Bishop’s National Symposium on Vocations, Cardinal […]

Youth interested in vocations, but need guidance

By RANDLE CHRISTIAN It’s no secret that the Catholic Church has been struggling with a shortage of priests and religious for some time now. What may surprise many people, though, is that a significant percentage of young people who are active in the Church have considered a religious vocation. In a recent study of over […]

Service among the Hispanic community is evolving

By SISTER REGINA BAKER, CDP As I begin my second year in the Clemson area, I have the opportunity to reflect on all that I have learned and experienced in the past year. I have had the privilege of meeting some 60 to 70 Hispanic families who live in Oconee, Pickens and Anderson counties. This […]

A childhood curiosity creats a vocation

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS HILTON HEAD — Following Father Michael McCafferty into the halls of St. Francis by the Sea School calls to mind a scene from “Going My Way” with Bing Crosby as an affable parish priest. It’s the chorus of “Hello Father” from children kept to a barely restrained explosion of excitement by […]

Trust in the Lord and live in his word

By MARY HOOD HART “The past must be abandoned to God’s mercy, the present to our fidelity, the future to divine providence.” St. Francis de Sales At this writing, we are days away from the New Year. During our holiday travels, my family and I stayed at a hotel which was busy making preparations for […]

Faithful of diocese open their hearts to hurricane victims

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS It came as no surprise to Bishop David B. Thompson that the people of his diocese would respond to victims of Hurricane Mitch when asked to become part of that humanitarian effort before Christmas. “The people in South Carolina empathize with the people in Central America, because they know of the […]

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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
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    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
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