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Teen leaders revel in week of leadership training

By PAUL A. BARRA LEESVILLE — Take dozens of high school kids who are supposed to be on summer vacation, strand them for a week in piney woods with no TV, no computers and no telephones, feed them early in the morning, keep them up at night praying, roll them through exercise programs and drill […]


Bishop Thompson elected as administrator of diocese

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS CHARLESTON — Bishop David B. Thompson has been elected by the College of Consultors to serve as the administrator for the Diocese of Charleston until the installation of Bishop Robert J. Baker, S.T.D., Sept. 29. The consultors met and voted in a secret ballot July 20 at May Forest, the mother […]


St. Luke Mission in Easley readies for new church

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS BEASLEY — St. Luke’s Catholic Mission began a new level of growth July 11, a shovel full of dirt at a time. Former pastors and parishioners gathered at their new building site on Highway 86 with Father Frank Travis, pastor of Holy Cross in Pickens and the mission and, for a […]


Background investigations nothing new for firm contracted by diocese

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON — At the beginning of this month, the Diocese of Charleston began a process of using the results of background screens for determination regarding the eligibility of an individual for ministry or other service to parishes throughout the state. William A. Sharp, vice president of Fidelifacts/Metropolitan New York Inc., the firm […]


Florida parish priest named Bishop of Charleston

CHARLESTON — Pope John Paul II has appointed Father Robert J. Baker, pastor of Christ the King Catholic Church in Jacksonville, Fla., as Bishop of the Diocese of Charleston. The appointment was announced in Washington July 13 by Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States. Bishop David B. Thompson, current Bishop of Charleston, […]


Couple returning to Vietnam for more missionary work

By PAUL A. BARRA CHARLESTON — They were introduced as people “who have evidenced for us faith in action,” yet they have no intention of slowing the action anytime soon. Most of the 60 people who gathered for the adult education session at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist on July 4 thought that […]


Diocese introduces religious education guidelines, DRE certification

By PAUL A. BARRA SUMMERVILLE — The Diocese of Charleston promulgated new guidelines for parish religious education efforts in two workshops in Summerville and Columbia last week. At the same time, the Office of Evangelization, Initiation and Catechesis introduced a first-ever credentialing program for parish catechetical leaders. The Christian formation guidelines draw their authority from […]


Father Bob finds his place on the altar

By DEIRDRE C. MAYS NORTH CHARLESTON — Installed on the altar, a newly made priest, Father Bob Sayer looked out fondly at his family and friends in the congregation of his home church, St. Thomas the Apostle, and exclaimed: “I made it!” Finally. At his first Mass on June 27, the freshly ordained apostle thanked […]


Bishop calls Father Miles a prophet and a priest

By PAUL A. BARRA JAMES ISLAND — Father C. Thomas Miles wanted an elegant celebration for his first Mass, a solemn liturgy of the sort that used to be called a high Mass. He got what he wanted. The 11:30 a.m. Mass on June 27 at the Church of the Nativity featured five acolytes, candles, […]


St. Peter’s welcomes home priest for first Mass

By NANCY SCHWERIN On a steamy day in Beaufort, parishioners filed into the 11:30 a.m. liturgy at St. Peter celebrating the first Mass of Thanksgiving of Father Michael J. Oenbrink and the solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul. He is the first parishioner from St. Peter to be ordained, Father Ronald R. Cellini, pastor, told […]


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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
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
    From the Calendar of Diaconate