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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 […]

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 […]

Jesus reveals God’s glory in life-giving mission of healing

Those who attended Mass at the end of April heard how Jesus contrasts his mission with that of an evil one. In John’s Gospel, we read: “A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” Jesus reveals God’s glory in his […]

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