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Father Clarke understands travelers

  by PAUL A. BARRA NORTH AUGUSTA — They’re oppressed peoples, but even those who want to help them don’t know how to label them. The pope calls them gypsies or nomads, but neither term is fully accurate, according to South Carolina’s own expert. “John Paul called them gypsies because he wanted people to understand […]

Catholic education is a gift

  by KATHLEEN CARR I’ll never forget the time my dad and I talked about the difference between public and private schools. He said that I went to a Catholic school, and he thought that it was very important for me to learn about God. In public schools, he explained, children aren’t given the chance […]

War and peace

by MSGR. THOMAS R. DUFFY In October 1966, Archbishop Paul J. Hallinan and his then auxiliary bishop, Joseph L. Bernardin, issued a joint pastoral letter to the people of the Archdiocese of Atlanta on the issue of “War and Peace.” In his foreword to the book, Days of Hope and Promise, The Writings and Speeches […]

Diocesan leadership team hopes to spread Gospel values in communities and society

By JORDAN MCMORROUGH SEABROOK ISLAND — Diocesan leadership team members for the Disciples in Mission effort gathered for a weekend of formation, training and personal renewal at the St. Christopher Conference Center in mid-December to help bring to fulfillment new directions and programs for the Year of Evangelization in the Diocese of Charleston in 2002. […]

Robert Higgins

2nd year theology at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary, Boynton Beach, Fla. Birthplace/date: Aug. 22, 1960, Liberty, N.Y. Home parish/location: St. Mary of the Annunciation, Charleston Family: Mom in Brunswick, Ga., and dad in Livingston Manor, N.Y., one sister in Statesboro, Ga. Favorite aspect of seminary: the freedom to increase my relationship with God […]

Upstate to be represented in Washington at March for Life

By JOEY REISTROFFER SPARTANBURG — A busload of believers in the sanctity of life will gather before dawn Monday for a journey they hope will open some eyes, change some hearts and uncover the evil that is abortion. These 46 pilgrims from parishes across the Upstate are on a mission to participate in next Tuesday’s […]

Midlands Catholics owe a debt to Natalie Sumter

by PAUL A. BARRA SUMTER — Catholics in the Midlands of South Carolina have a French aristocrat to thank for the development of their faith tradition. Natalie Delage Sumter, godchild of King Louis XVI, was instrumental in founding Catholicism in the Sumter area in the years before the Diocese of Charleston was established.  In 1802, […]

Park named in honor of Sister Maigread Conway

  by NANCY SCHWERIN CHARLESTON — Conway Park is official. Named in honor of Franciscan Sister Maigread Conway, it is a gathering place for the countless people whose lives she touched on earth and for those her spirit may reach from heaven. After two years of working with the Diocese of Charleston, the city named […]

Women encouraged to discern by living in the community

  By NANCY SCHWERIN The Daughters of St. Paul are looking to help women discern a vocation. Through inviting them to stay for a week at their downtown Charleston convent, the sisters will introduce women to the religious life. Sister Margaret Kerry, provincial of the Charleston convent, hopes to start the program in late spring. […]

March for Life participants urged to communicate

By SHEILA OJENDYK COLUMBIA — Catholic and Protestant South Carolinians put their theological differences aside to stand together as Christians for the sanctity of human life. The occasion was the annual Stand Up for Life March and Rally on Jan. 12, sponsored by South Carolina Citizens for Life and University of South Carolina Students for […]

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    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
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    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
    From the Calendar of Diaconate