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Flashback — the campaign 20 years ago

  In 1982, the Diocesan Development Fund was 20 years old and going strong with this campaign: Early in 1962, Bishop Paul J. Hallinan, seeing the need for more financial assistance for the growth and continued development of the diocese, announced that a special appeal for funds would have to be made to the faithful […]

A stewardship letter from Bishop Baker

  My dear brothers and sisters in Christ: This weekend represents the start of the annual diocesan appeal. Since 1962, this appeal has been called the Diocesan Development Fund (DDF). Recently, after consultation with the clergy, religious men and woman, laity, and diocesan staff, I made the decision to change the name of the Diocesan […]

Stewardship and the joy of sacrificial giving

We cannot stand idly by, enjoying our own riches and freedom if, in any place, the Lazarus of the twentieth century stands at our doors. Pope John Paul II By JIM MYERS We should all remember the story from Luke’s Gospel: At the gate of the rich man lay poor Lazarus covered with sores who […]

BSA funds help secure the lives of hundreds

By NANCY SCHWERIN In 1979, Birthright opened its doors in the Greenville community with the help of the Diocesan Development Fund. Twenty-two years later the outreach organization is growing steadily helping pregnant women achieve life. “Every day is a new experience,” said Sandi Davidson, director for the past five years. She has a devoted staff […]

St. John’s integrates special needs as diocese works toward future programs

  By NANCY SCHWERIN CHARLESTON — While schools are daily facing the challenges of mainstreaming children, new obstacles continue to arise. St. John’s in North Charleston is meeting the challenges head on — as a community, which is not unlike most projects they take on. For more than a year now, a task force in […]

Strategic plans for schools in the works for two deaneries

  By JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON — A consulting group that developed a strategic plan for diocesan schools in the Midlands early last year was busy at work in the Coastal and Pee Dee deaneries late last fall conducting similar efforts. Meitler Consultants Inc. of Hales Corner, Wis., specializes in diocesan studies, high school planning, new […]

Youth ski trip a weekend teens will not soon forget

  By JORDAN MCMORROUGH WINTERPLACE, W.V. — Close to 350 teens from 18 parishes across the Palmetto State took part in the first annual diocesan ski trip and retreat Jan. 12-15 in Winterplace, W.V. Buses departed from five locations; Spartanburg, Columbia, Garden City, Charleston, and Hilton Head; on Friday morning and deposited their cargo of […]

Lay leaders collaborate in ministry

  By DEIRDRE C. MAYS COLUMBIA — The best kind of gifts are not the ones that come wrapped in pretty paper and curling ribbon, they are the individual gifts that God gives. The lay leadership of the Diocese of Charleston was encouraged to identify and put their gifts to use during the Collaborative Ministry […]

Leaders call for continual faith formation

By PAUL A. BARRA COLUMBIA — Christians of many faiths celebrated the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity with an ecumenical worship service at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 21. The service was sponsored by LARCUM (Lutherans, Anglicans, Roman Catholics and United Methodists), a South Carolina interfaith organization. The Right Rev. Dorsey F. […]

Fiesta Santo Niño honors the child Jesus

BY KATHY SCHMUGGE COLUMBIA — In an attempt to preserve their Filipino Catholic culture in America, Emily Lacson and Ernesto Hernando, parishioners at St. Joseph Church and St. John Neumann Church in Columbia, initiated the Fiesta de Santo Niño, a Catholic celebration honoring the child Jesus. What started as a handful of Filipino families 11 […]

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    Dec 1 Black Catholics Heritage Celebration
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Dec 15 Simbang Gabi for Filipino Catholics
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    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
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    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
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