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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 […]

Funds help St. Cyprian’s to be Good News for community

  By JORDAN MCMORROUGH St. Cyprian’s in Georgetown is a church where parishioners already share their time, talents and treasure to provide humanitarian services and Christian witness to their neighbors in an economically deprived area. But assistance from the Diocesan Development Fund has been invaluable in providing the majority of the stipend for the three […]

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 […]

Bishop speaks on sanctity of life at Simpsonville dedication

  By SHEILA OJENDYK SIMPSONVILLE — Bishop Robert J. Baker told St. Mary Magdalene parishioners that Sunday, Jan. 14, “was not ordinary time because of the gifts of the Knights of Columbus.” Council 10189 had presented the parish with a statue of Jesus and children of the world, and Bishop Baker was there to dedicate […]

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 […]

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    Oct 13 Diocesan Evangelization Conference
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