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National Family Honor conference focuses on theology of the body

By Kathy Schmugge CHARLESTON — For Brenda Cerkez, executive director of Family Honor, the recent National Conference on Christian Sexuality, An Examination of the Theology of the Body was like a pilgrimage. Church leaders, parents and young adults came to the Holy City July 19-20 to learn and share what it means to be a […]

Program will involve youth in acts of charity

By Paul A. Barra AIKEN – A big new move for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the Midlands is to prepare for its own future. The Vincentians, who dedicate themselves “to seek and find the forgotten, the suffering and the deprived so that we may bring them (God’s) love,” plan that preparation […]

Confidence, leadership are key goals of high school CLI

By Paul A. Barra LEESVILLE – One of the major undertakings charged to participants in last week’s Christian Leadership Institute was the designing and production of nightly worship services. Since these campers are high school students, not many of them have experience in arranging liturgy. Brian McGarry, 15, of St. Mary Magdalene Parish admitted to […]

Father Leonard working to free man from S.C. prison

By Terry Cregar SPARTANBURG — Father Eugene Leonard is asking for help, not for himself but for a Massachusetts man who has spent more than half his life in South Carolina — held by the state for something he says he didn’t do. For the past 10 years, Leonard has worked to free Vaughn Smith, […]

S.C. youths find hope and friendship at World Youth Day

By Deirdre C. Mays TORONTO — Buoyed by the enthusiasm of their peers, teen-agers and young adults from South Carolina were swept up in a sea of hope as they shared their faith with the hundreds of thousands who came to World Youth Day. The theme was “You are the salt of the earth. … […]

Upstate lay Carmelites seek a deeper prayer life

By Rebecca Cronican Strelow SPARTANBURG — They are men and women, young and old, married and single. They have been brought together by the desire to develop a deeper walk with God through a life of quiet prayer. They are Carmelites, an order that follows St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross […]

Counselors/participants grow at Christian Leadership Institute

  By Paul A. Barra LEESVILLE — As the band rocked to a strong beat, pre-teen participants danced and moved with the rhythm, singing and shouting and throwing their arms in the air. The lyrics were all about praising God, but the kids were mostly having fun. Especially the counselors. That’s what the Christian Leadership […]

Diverse ministries conference held at Mepkin Abbey

By Nancy Schwerin MONCKS CORNER — Considering the future of the church is a dubious undertaking. Left, right, and the wavering — everyone has their own view. A group of 50 men and women tackled the cause of diverse ministries in an ever-changing church at a conference at Mepkin Abbey, July 11-13. The meeting was […]

Bishop Baker introduces charter from U.S. prelates

Dear Friends in Christ: When scandal hits in our Church, it hurts everyone. All of us have been deeply affected by the events that have surfaced in our Church over the past several months leading to the United States Catholic Bishop’s meeting in Dallas in June and their formulation of the “Charter for the Protection […]

Aselage named director of communications

CHARLESTON — Bishop Robert J. Baker has appointed Maria A. Aselage of Charleston as the new director of the Office of Communications and Information for the Diocese of Charleston. Aselage comes to the diocese from The Citadel where she was assistant director of The Center for International and Regional Development where she taught communications skills […]

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    Nov 17 Diocese of Charleston Native American Catholic Heritage Celebration
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    Nov 18 Vietnamese Martyrs Celebration
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    Dec 1 Black Catholics Heritage Celebration
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    Dec 15 Simbang Gabi for Filipino Catholics
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    Jan 812:00 am Retiro Espiritual de Emmaus
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    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
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