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1999

Bishop attends Pee Dee Life Chain

By TIM BULLARD CONWAY — “Mind your own business!” a female motorist shouted Sunday at Conway Life Chain volunteers. A tour bus driver shot a “thumbs-up” signal at the participants of this worldwide campaign. “Life Chains are a very important witness,” Bishop Robert J. Baker said at St. James Church during a morning Mass. “We […]


The future of video poker is a storm that hovers

By BETTY RYBERG Ten years ago Hurricane Hugo cut a devastating swath across South Carolina. Its destructive force has just been vividly recalled by the passing of Hurricane Floyd. The homes and lives of the wealthy and secure were as damaged as those of the poor and deprived. Education and economics were no safe life […]


FIRE rally at Belmont Abbey stirs embers of faith

By JOEY REISTROFFER BELMONT ABBEY, N.C. — Franciscan Father Michael Scanlan stirred the embers of faith with a fire rally at Belmont Abbey Sept. 18, and he brought along a couple of friends from the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio to help fan those flames. They talked about repentance. They talked about evangelism. They […]


Life center to support growing East Cooper Catholic community

MOUNT PLEASANT — Plans for a 39,000-square-foot community center for the surrounding Catholic communities in Mount Pleasant were unveiled on Sept 27. Committee members from Christ Our King and the Christ Our King/Stella Maris School assessed, with the input of church ministries in the region, the need for the Catholic Community Life Center. The vision […]


Weekend of training begins advanced certification

By PAUL A. BARRA WHITE OAK – Youth ministers and catechetical leaders from throughout the Diocese of Charleston began training for their advanced certificates on Sept. 10–12 at the South Carolina Baptist Convention’s White Oak Conference Center. It was the first of a four-part series planned jointly by the diocesan Office of Youth Ministry and […]


Bakers show up at ordination by the dozens

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS CHARLESTON — The feeling amongst Bishop Robert J. Baker’s relatives was beyond joy as they watched their son and brother move from priest to prelate during his ordination Sept. 29 at the North Charleston Convention Center. Row after row of the Baker clan smiled, cried and exulted as they shared the […]


The Baker family, a heritage of faith

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS Warmth is a signature characteristic in the Baker family. With exceptional consistency, the trait exudes from the five siblings and its source is apparent in their mother. It is little wonder that Bishop Robert J. Baker found his way to a blessed priesthood and on to the episcopacy with the support […]


God’s call: A young Robert Baker responds

By NANCY SCHWERIN Robert Baker grew up surrounded by religion. The basis for his strong Catholic upbringing started before he was born. His mother grew up in a rural town where church was central in her life. She continued to carry her belief throughout her life depositing on her family an ever-lasting faith. During childhood […]


The bishops of the Diocese of Charleston

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS Bishop John England 1820-1842 John England was born in Cork, Ireland, on Sept. 23, 1786. As a young man of 22, he was ordained by special dispensation. He was a great admirer of the United States Constitution and desired to go to America as a missionary. That desire was fulfilled when […]


Ministering to the Catholic Church of tomorrow

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS A sharing of faith, values, and hope is a trademark characteristic of Bishop Robert J. Baker’s priesthood. He has used those gifts to lay foundations for the Catholic Church of tomorrow through his ministry to youth and young adults. As a religion instructor at Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville, Fla., […]


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    Jul 27 4th National Black Catholic Women's Conference
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    Jul 288:30 am Canon Law Course
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    Aug 10 Last day of Summer Academy
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    Aug 17 CORE Training Weekend
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    Aug 258:00 am Day of Prayer for Deacons
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    Sep 1 Daniel Rudd Fund Application Closes
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    10:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
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    Sep 18 National Association of Black Catholic Administrators Annual Meeting
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    Oct 13 Diocesan Evangelization Conference
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    Nov 1 Black Catholic History Month
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    Nov 1010:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
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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
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    Dec 15 Simbang Gabi for Filipino Catholics
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    Dec 25 Diocesan Television Christmas Special Fox 21
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