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St. Nicholas a historical symbol of the Lord’s goodness

By NANCY SCHWERIN Little is known about the Catholic bishop St. Nicholas, but his giving spirit lives on in the tale of Santa Claus. By learning from the symbol of St. Nicholas, children, and adults, can discover the joy in helping their neighbor and the joy of being blessed with God’s goodness. Once upon a […]

Msgr. Charles J. Baum, ordained in 1934, dies at 92

Msgr. Charles J. Baum died Dec. 19 in Greenville at the age of 92. He was born in Charleston on Jan. 2, 1908, and ordained a priest for the diocese on May 20, 1934. He served in many parishes of the diocese, including St. Peter in Beaufort, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in […]

A Christmas message from the Bishop

Luke’s Gospel records the words of the angel Gabriel inviting Mary to be the mother of the Messiah, the Son of God: “Rejoice, O highly favored daughter! The Lord is with you” (Luke 1:28). The words of the angel Gabriel suggest that the Lord was already with Mary, prior to the conception of the child […]

A Christmas proclamation

  By BISHOP ROBERT J. BAKER On Dec. 31, the Diocese of Charleston concludes its Year of Prayer with the prayer intention for December of offering our life and work in total consecration to the service of the Gospel. I thank all in our diocese who have participated in this special Jubilee Year of Prayer […]

Bryan Babick

College seminarian at Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio Birthplace/date: Cleveland, Ohio, Nov. 24, 1977 Home parish, location: Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Charleston (was a student at the College of Charleston) Family: only child with divorced parents; father in Washington, D.C., and mother in West Virginia Favorite aspect of seminary: brotherhood Most difficult […]

Journey to Our Lady of Guadalupe provides memories for a lifetime

Editor’s note: Bishop Robert J. Baker recently led a group of diocesan pilgrims to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Following is one participant’s account of this journey. By DIANE TODD We are 10 pilgrims who began our journey to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City on […]

Hundreds flock to Midlands for Guadalupe celebration

By PAUL A. BARRA COLUMBIA — Four large Midlands celebrations of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe culminated with a Mass at St. Peter on the feast day itself, Tuesday, Dec. 12. The final celebration also marked the start of a new Hispanic ministry in the deanery’s mother church, an effort welcomed by the […]

Our Lady of Mercy Sisters spread the Gospel in Charleston

December: To offer my life and my work in total consecration to service of the Gospel. Lumen Gentium, Chapter 5: 39 The Second Vatican Council, in its Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, reminds us that “all in the Church, whether they belong to the hierarchy or are cared for by it, are called to holiness, […]

Students get a hands-on lesson in ecology

BEAUFORT — St. Peter’s students continue to see that the classroom extends beyond the school walls as the eighth-graders at St. Peter’s School had the opportunity to hit the water again this year with the help of The Kayak Farm. In cooperation with Eric and Will Gibbons and Michelle Anderson of The Kayak Farm, students […]

School library blessing highlights a decade of success

By KATHY SCHMUGGE COLUMBIA — More than 10 years ago two educators made a promise that one day the library would be the focal point of their once struggling Catholic school, today a Blue Ribbon winner. Because those two women were Margaret Adams, Ph.D., principal of St. John Neumann in Columbia, and the school’s librarian, […]

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