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Cathedral music team leaving diocesan service for theater

  By PAUL A. BARRA   CHARLESTON — All through the ’90s they have been fixtures on upper Broad Street, as familiar in diocesan circles as Roman collars and representing the very essence of the Church of Charleston’s sacred music. After nine years directing the music ministry at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist […]


Irish children’s program hopes to combine fun with reconciliation

  By SHEILA OJENDYK SIMPSONVILLE — “If we are to have real peace, we must begin with the children.” Mahatma Gandhi’s wise words are the framework upon which the Irish children summer programs are built. There are Irish children summer programs scattered all over the United States, with three in South Carolina. Each brings Catholic […]


Interreligious homecoming for Hunley crew

  By JORDAN MCMORROUGH NORTH CHARLESTON  When the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley rose to the surface from its resting place at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean near Charleston Harbor the morning of Aug. 8, it was completing a journey begun more than 130 years ago. And, after arriving at the Warren Lasch Conservation […]


New church blessed in Easley

  By SHEILA OJENDYK EASLEY — The Feast of the Transfiguration was a special day indeed at the Catholic Church of St. Luke. Bishop Robert J. Baker traveled from Charleston to bless the new facility and concelebrate Mass with Father Francis J. Travis, pastor of St. Luke’s, and visiting priests Father Gerard Aylward, Father D. […]


Thomas brings new talent to Cathedral’s music program

By NANCY SCHWERIN CHARLESTON — A new era has begun at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Mark Thomas, a seasoned musician and composer, is the new director of music ministries at the Cathedral. He and his family have already felt the Southern hospitality that the parishioners and Msgr. Chet Moczydlowski have offered. As […]


Year of prayer intention for August: To build structures for justice and peace

By BISHOP ROBERT J. BAKER Reflecting on the Jubilee Year of Prayer theme for August, one may ask the question: should we as Christians, as Roman Catholics, be involved in social justice and peace issues at all? Are not matters relating to the economy, food distribution, capital loans, housing, employment, welfare, women’s proper role in […]


Home Works ecumenical project brings youth, adults together

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH JOHNS ISLAND  More than 70 teens and adults from across South Carolina traveled to this sea island the last week of July to make repairs and improvements to 10 homes of elderly and disadvantaged residents. These participants were volunteering for a Home Works community project, doing tasks such as plumbing, roofing, […]


A journey to the heart

On the edge of an unforgiving sea rests a people whose purity of spirit lies at the very core of our faith. By NANCY SCHWERIN I recently took a 10-day voyage with members of the Blessed Sacrament Life Teen group. We went to the northwestern corner of Peru. We traveled those many miles to meet […]


Advertisers: in our homes, schools and churches

  By Mary Hood Hart   In May, my husband and I visited Ireland on a pilgrimage led by our pastor. I had toured Ireland 28 years ago, when in my teens. Aware of Ireland’s now booming economy, before my recent return, I was concerned that the country I remembered as pristine and peaceful might […]


Disaster response plan taking effect in diocese

  In the aftermath of last September’s Hurricane Floyd, which featured jammed highways full of evacuees from the Lowcountry and packed motels from Tennessee to Alabama, Bishop Robert J. Baker encouraged the diocesan Catholic Charities office to do some concrete planning around disaster response. As a result, a Disaster Response Guide was developed, and deanery […]


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    Oct 13 Diocesan Evangelization Conference
    From the Calendar of Ethnic Ministries
    Oct 278:00 am Day of Continuing Education for Deacons
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Nov 1 Black Catholic History Month
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Nov 1010:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Nov 1210:00 am Junta Diocesana
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    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