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Bishop Baker believes churches, government can work together

  Bishop Robert J. Baker supports the direction President Bush is taking to establish a White House office that would distribute public money to religious groups and charities. “Religious institutions and churches can work hand-in-hand effectively with our government to meet the charitable needs facing society today,” he said. “In many communities the only charitable […]

Survey results show vocations as the number one priority for diocese

  By JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON — Results from the first phase of a diocesan strategic planning survey are in, and vocations to the priesthood and the shortage of clergy was identified as the top priority issue by a wide margin. A 50 percent response rate was garnered for the effort, as 186 surveys were distributed […]

Martin Luther King Mass has volunteerism theme

By SHEILA OJENDYK GREENVILLE — The United Nations has decreed 2001 to be the International Year of Volunteers. With that fact in mind, members of St. Anthony’s Outreach and Evangelization Committee chose the theme of volunteerism for this year’s celebration honoring the life of Martin Luther King Jr. The Jan. 21 ceremony opened with joyous, […]

Different cultures celebrated at mission

By TIM BULLARD CONWAY — With food galore and bilingual readings, parish members and friends of St. James Church celebrated a mission Sunday Jan. 28 with the theme, “We are the Body of Christ,” along with a Festival of Peoples gathering. The mission continued through the week with Mass and topics such as “Unity in […]

Deacon Gregory Wilson

4th year student at St. Vincent Seminary   Birthplace/date: Greenwood, Oct. 14, 1972 Home parish, location: St. Joseph’s, Columbia Family: mom and dad in St. Matthew’s, two sisters, one brother Favorite aspect of seminary: having the time and privilege of studying Most difficult aspect of seminary: learning proper discipline in keeping a schedule 3 people […]

Jesus, Our Risen Savior sponsors Islamic refugee family

By JOEY REISTROFFER SPARTANBURG — Fallout from the war in Bosnia continues to spill as families driven from their homeland search the world for new roots. The Hasonovich family fled the bullets and bloodshed of Bosnia for a safer existence in Germany seven years ago. They are Islamic refugees now. Only ethnic hatred and death […]

Year of reconciliation intention for January: Collaboration in ministry

By BISHOP ROBERT J. BAKER The Convocation of Priests, Jan. 15-17, and of leaders of various parish and diocesan programs of education and service on Jan. 18 was a great opportunity for priests, deacons, religious men and women, and lay leaders to discuss ways of better collaboration in ministry here in the Diocese of Charleston. […]

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 […]

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