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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 […]

Bishop Baker ordained to the episcopacy Sept. 29.

By NANCY SCHWERIN Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer — Romans 12:12 CHARLESTON — The Diocese of Charleston received its new shepherd in grand scale Wednesday, Sept. 29, amidst a sea of faithful — 3,000 strong — who traveled by the busload to welcome Bishop Robert J. Baker. The North Charleston Convention […]

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 […]

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 […]

Our Lady of Hope, a work of grace

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS The fruits of good works multiply and throughout his priesthood, Father Robert J. Baker’s compassion and hard work to the homeless has harvested countless blessings. One of those gifts was the Our Lady of Hope Community at the St. Vincent de Paul Farm outside of St. Augustine. It is a unique […]

St. Augustine, the training of a bishop

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS Preparing for his future administration of the Diocese of Charleston has Bishop Robert J. Baker reflecting on his past. His 13-year tenure at the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Augustine (1984 to 1997) was the ideal preparation for the bishopcy of South Carolina’s Catholic Church. Both dioceses have cities steeped in historical significance […]

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 […]

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