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St. Vincent de Paul group focuses on long-range planning, unity

  By KATHY SCHMUGGE COLUMBIA – The Diocese of Charleston Council for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) recently received an intimate portrait of its founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, helping them reconnect to the organization’s spiritual roots. No one was more capable of such a task than Vincentian priest, Father Ronald Ramson, guest […]

Father Fix is retired but still bringing souls to heaven

  By KATHY SCHMUGGE COLUMBIA — Father Robert Fix loves the quote, “A priest forever.” As he begins his transition from serving God as pastor of Our Lady of the Hills in Columbia to serving him in his retirement residing at St. Joseph rectory in Columbia, he is determined more than ever to make this […]

Want to help our retired priests?

Father Fix is one of the many retired priests in the Diocese of Charleston who, having devoted his life to Christ’s work, would like to live in community with his brother priests and somehow continue to minister to the people of God. At the St. Joseph Residence at the Carter-May Home in Charleston, Father Fix […]

The people of St. Philip the Apostle

  By JIM MCLAUGHLIN Next year will be the 50th anniversary of the founding of the parish in Lake City — St. Philip the Apostle. The parish was founded, like St. Ann’s in Kingstree, by Catholic immigrants from Lebanon and was first called St. Philomena’s. A side effect of Vatican II was a call for […]

Nun seeks to educate, change death penalty

  By JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON — Aside from Mother Teresa and art critic Sister Wendy, she’s probably the most recognizable woman religious in the country. And she was here in the Palmetto State Nov. 9 and 10 for speaking engagements at the University of South Carolina Law School in Columbia and at the College of […]

Principals learn more about their role as mentors

  By NANCY SCHWERIN CHARLESTON — This fall’s fifth annual conference for Catholic school principals focused on the principal as a spiritual and academic mentor. The meeting was sponsored by the Department of Elementary Schools of the National Catholic Educational Association and was held at the North Charleston Sheraton. About 200 principals from 34 states […]

The “Fighting Nun” defends Pope Pius XII

  By NANCY SCHWERIN CHARLESTON — Sister Margherita Marchione has been given many titles in her 80 years, but her favorite is “defender of Pope Pius XII.” The “Feisty,” “Literary,” “Crusader,” “Independent” nun has taken on the mission of educating Catholics about the pope that served from 1939 to 1958. Pope Pius XII is widely […]

Father Patat dies at age 89

  CHARLESTON — Father St. John Edward Patat, a retired priest of the Diocese of Charleston, died Nov. 10 at the age of 89. Born in Charleston on April 17, 1912, he was the son of Leon P. Patat and Rosa O’Mara Patat. He attended Craft Public School and the High School of Charleston. He […]

Positive input on vocations brings hope

  By KATHY SCHMUGGE LEXINGTON — In less than two years, the Diocese of Charleston has seen a 50 percent increase in their number of seminarians. This positive trend in vocations is being seen in other dioceses in the United States, shown by a slight increase in the national average. Choosing this opportune time, Pope […]

Different themes integrated into diocesan Stewardship and Evangelization Day

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH COLUMBIA — Making the connection between stewardship and evangelization was the focus of “Formed as Apostles, Sent as Disciples,” a diocesan conference held at Rosewood’s in the capital city Nov. 8 that attracted more than 200 participants from across South Carolina for a keynote speech as well as breakout sessions covering five […]

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