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1999

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 […]


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 […]


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., […]


Bishop Baker at forefront of life issues

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH The new bishop of the Diocese of Charleston, Robert J. Baker, has been at the forefront of the capital punishment issue in several areas in Florida for years. He has ministered to the first man to be executed in that state following the reinstatement of the death penalty there, and done the […]


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    12:00 pm Bishop to say Mass at the Cathedral - Charleston
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    2:00 pm Gr. K3-3rd Christmas Program
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    Dec 19 Exam for period 5
    From the Calendar of Bishop England Charleston
    Christmas Breaks BeginsNoon Dismissal
    From the Calendar of St. Peter School Beaufort
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    10:00 am day-Christmas party
    From the Calendar of Holy Trinity North Myrtle Beach
    11:30 am Early Dismissal
    From the Calendar of St. Michael School Murrells Inlet