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2002

Music therapy brings new life to the Time Out program

by Nancy Schwerin NORTH CHARLESTON — A usually quiet room behind a quiet church on a Wednesday afternoon has been filled recently with the sound of clapping hands and tapping feet. The men and women at the Time Out program are participating in music therapy, which helps to maintain their awareness and the abilities often […]


Pentecost an invitation to reflect, celebrate our roots

  By MSGR. THOMAS R. DUFFY Pentecost Sunday, Christians throughout the world are invited to reflect upon and to celebrate their roots and their mission, that is, their reason for being Christians. St. Luke writes in the Acts of the Apostles that before his ascension into heaven, Jesus met with the apostles. They asked him: […]


Moratorium on S.C. executions sought by religious leaders

By KATHY SCHMUGGE COLUMBIA — The South Carolina Christian Action Council, joined by the Catholic Diocese of Charleston, stood on the steps of the state capital May 17 urging for a moratorium on the death penalty along with representatives from other communities. For the Christian groups, the hope is that the moratorium will eventually result […]


Neophyte Mass welcomes new Catholics to the church

by JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON — A rainy, chilly Pentecost Sunday saw people who were received into the church or baptized at the Easter Vigil services throughout the diocese come together at a Mass for Neophytes at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Bishop Robert J. Baker was the presider at the mid-afternoon liturgy, which […]


LARCUM conference urges interreligious discussion

By PAUL A. BARRA COLUMBIA — The big question being asked at the LARCUM conference this year was “How can we be authentic Christians while still being open to ideas of people from other faith traditions?” By the end of the weekend on the campus of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary the question was still largely […]


First holy Communion stirs the young and old

By KATHY SCHMUGGE In the month of May, soon after Easter, Catholic children prepare to receive the life-changing sacrament, their first holy Communion. This important milestone in a Catholic’s life brings both joy and hope perfectly expressed in the young faces that shine forth God’s infinite love. Parents, often assisted by their parish, try to […]


Celebration recognizes hundreds of years of service

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON—To honor 35 educators who have each spent 25-plus years teaching in the diocese, a special Mass in their honor was held at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist May 13. Msgr. Joseph Roth, pastor of the cathedral and a diocesan vicar general who supervises Christian Formation, celebrated the liturgy. In […]


Holy Spirit breaks ground for new church building on Johns Island

JOHNS ISLAND — Parishioners of Holy Spirit Church, which serves Johns Island, Kiawah, Seabrook, and Wadmalaw, held a groundbreaking ceremony for their new 1,000 seat sanctuary on Memorial Day. Bishop Robert J. Baker presided at the ceremony, which drew between 300 and 400 people. The event began with a gathering bell prelude, with music also […]


Be careful what you pray for, it might be you

by Phil Grant My name is Phil Grant, and I am a second career seminarian studying for the Diocese of Charleston. I am completing second-year theology at Blessed John XXIII Seminary just outside of Boston, and with the help of God, I will be ordained to the priesthood in June 2004. Prior to joining the […]



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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