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Bishop tells seminarians that conversion is a lifelong process

  By JORDAN MCMORROUGH SEABROOK ISLAND — Thirteen seminarians from the Diocese of Charleston took time-out from their summer assignments for a retreat at St. Christopher’s Retreat Center July 25-27. The event began with Mass at Holy Spirit Church on John’s Island, followed by a talk from Father Greg Wilson, a newly ordained priest for […]

Grants help outreach to Hispanics Sisters of Charity Foundation grants assist Catholic Charities in serving Hispanic communities

Hispanic Ministry outreach programs in the Piedmont and Midlands Deaneries have recently received grants from the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina to help fund Catholic Charities assistance efforts. In the Piedmont Deanery, the grant was used to employ two Hispanic outreach workers, Rene Linares in Una and Spartanburg and Dolores Cedillo in Greer. […]

College students experience the rhythm of Mepkin Abbey

  by PATRICK HARWOOD College students living like monks? And doing so voluntarily? It may sound far-fetched but that’s exactly what a group of College of Charleston students did this summer as part of a unique new history course. Maymester, the college’s intense three-week summer semester, is sometimes used by professors to offer special interest […]

Slavery is still a reality in Africa

  By DOROTHY GRILLO The vestiges of slavery here in the United States still exist in symbols and lingering prejudice. In Africa, as well as other countries, however, slavery is an ongoing reality for millions of children. The symbols are there as well. On our one ‘day off,’ we visited the port city of Ouidah […]

Lee Selzer ordained to the diaconate

By PAUL A. BARRA AIKEN — The Rev. Mr. Lee Selzer was ordained to the diaconate at St. Mary Help of Christian Church on July 7. He will be ordained a priest next summer. Bishop Robert J. Baker ordained the new deacon with a laying on of hands and quoted Pope John Paul II in […]

New St. Vincent de Paul conference formed in North Charleston

  By SEAN KITTRELL One hot summer evening, Maria, a young Hispanic woman, was in trouble. She was from another country and in a new land. She was pregnant, friendless, and alone. Her boyfriend did not want her to keep the child. She needed food, required shelter, and merited love. She believed she had nowhere […]

Year of reconciliation intention for July: The opportunity to be faithful citizens

By BISHOP ROBERT J. BAKER This past July 4th we celebrated once again the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the event that paved the way for the founding of our great nation, the United States of America. As our Pledge of Allegiance acknowledges, our country is “one nation, under God,” whose […]

Junior high CLI prepares the next generation

By KATHY SCHMUGGE BATESBURG-LEESVILLE — If one truly believes the youth are the future of the church, then the 45 junior high students who attended the diocesan Christian Leadership Institute (CLI) would have provided a glimpse of a future filled with enthusiasm for the faith. During this five-day gathering, held June 28- July 3 at […]

CLI is a booming success for senior high teens

  By PAUL A. BARRA BATESBURG-LEESVILLE — The Youth and Young Adults Ministry Office of the Diocese of Charleston put on another in what is becoming a long line of sold-out events during the second week of July. It was the weeklong high school Christian Leadership Institute, held at Camp Kinard. One of the counselors […]

Veteran volunteer Joe Horst receives MUSC’s top honor

By CINDY ABOLE Wednesdays are special days for Joe Horst, an active parishioner of Stella Maris Church on Sullivan’s Island. On Wednesdays, he makes his way across the Cooper River Bridge into Charleston. For Horst, it’s been that way for the past 416 weeks since 1993. Horst is a Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) […]

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