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Five S.C. parishes named to national list of excellence

  Five S.C. churches were among 300 listed in Excellent Catholic Parishes: The Guide to Best Places and Practices. Researchers in a Parish/Congregation Study, based at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, took two years to complete the study. They began by enlisting the help of a group of pastoral experts. This group recommended […]


Youth basketball tournament provides hoops of fun

AIKEN  The Knights of Columbus hosted the annual youth basketball tournament March 10-11. More than 600 athletes from 51 teams competed in the statewide event. Along with the players, coaches and families brought the total number of participants to over 1,000. Teams competed in four divisions: senior (under age 15) and junior (under age […]


Irish Jesuit willing to go anywhere a priest is needed

  By SHEILA OJENDYK SIMPSONVILLE  What could be a better day than St. Patrick’s to interview Father John O’Holohan? Father O’Holohan, a Jesuit from Dublin with a lilt in his voice and a twinkle in his eye, has been serving St. Mary Magdalene as parochial vicar since September of last year. “I go anywhere […]


Women in the church

This month, before offering my personal reflections on the theme for our year of reconciliation — “The Dignity of Women,” I will invite a couple of women to have the first word. The first is my sister, Mary Ann Jepsen. Some of you may remember her when I introduced her at my ordination Sept. 29, […]


The sacredness of ordinary holiness

Donna Simons is the director of the M.O.M.S. Ministry in the Diocese of St. Augustine. She is the wife of Lance Simons and mother of Michael, Eric, Tyler, and Deanna. Bishop Baker worked closely with her when he was pastor of Christ the King Parish in Jacksonville, the parish of the Simons family. By DONNA […]




The Rite of Election — preparing to enter the church

The church will soon accept 627 new members — candidates and catechumens who desire to enter the family of the Catholic Church. Rite of Election ceremonies took place around the state March 2-5. Families and friends gathered to support loved ones in this ancient liturgical rite dating back to the early church. In the past […]


Alternative spring break program gives New York collegians southern exposure

LAURENS  As part of an alternative spring break program offered by their college, 26 students from the Newman Club at the University of Buffalo in New York spent last week in the Palmetto State working at a variety of endeavors. The group traveled down from New York to Laurens in three vans along with […]


William Austin

2nd year theology at Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans Birthplace/date: Orangeburg, March 21, 1974 Home parish/location: St. Ann, Holly Hill Family: Mom and sister, 22 Favorite aspect of seminary: It’s a good place to reflect on God’s call. Most difficult aspect: living in close quarters with 160 guys 3 people you would like to meet: […]


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  • Diocesan Events Calendar
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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