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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 […]


Pee Dee churches suffer little damage from Floyd

By TIM BULLARD Genesis 6:17 — “And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.” Catholic churches in Horry County and the Pee Dee were spared heavy […]


Our Lady of mercy Outreach counts 10 years of blessings

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS CHARLESTON — Ten years of blessings — that is the view of administration, staff, volunteers and recipients of the 10th anniversary of Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Services. Since 1989 the O.L.M. Outreach on Johns Island has offered the barrier islands emergency services to opportunities for self-determination and community development. […]


St. James hosts visit by mobile health unit

By TIM BULLARD CONWAY — Low-income families in Horry County were served recently at St. James Church by the mobile health unit of the S.C. Primary Health Care Association of Columbia. The van visited Conway after a stop in Myrtle Beach. The Hollings Cancer Center of the Medical University of South in Charleston is responsible […]


In memory of Msgr. Sterker

By THOMAS F. HARTNETT On Aug. 30, the Diocese of Charleston lost a truly saintly priest. Msgr. Louis F. Sterker was a priest in every sense of the word. He served his Master, his bishops and his people with unwavering loyalty, holiness and dedication. I first met Father Sterker in 1947 when I was a […]


Msgr. Sterker: A saintly man, a friend to all

By MSGR. LEIGH LEHOCKY Homily at the Mass of Christian Burial for Msgr. Louis F. Sterker held on Sept. 9 at St. Joseph Church. For you Agnes and Helen, Lou’s sisters, for all of you his relatives, and for you Roy [Msgr. Aiken], Lou’s dearest friend, allow us gathered here to form a circle of […]


Father Figaro Hall, testimony to a priest

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS CHARLESTON — The people of St. Patrick Parish gathered Sept. 11 for the dedication of a parish center and what will be a continuing tribute to a former pastor. The Father Egbert J. Figaro Hall, located on King Street, will keep alive the charismatic legacy of the much-loved priest. Father Figaro […]


Bishop Baker bids farewell to his former pastorate

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — While prefacing his remarks by saying that he “hates farewells,” Bishop Robert J. Baker said goodbye to his parishioners at Christ the King Church last Sunday during the noon liturgy. In his homily and in a message in the Sunday bulletin, the incoming bishop of the Diocese of Charleston […]


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