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2003

Sisters of Charity Foundation tries to raise awareness of uninvolved fathers

The statistics for fatherless families are startling. In 1992, 45 percent of American families headed by single women had incomes below the poverty level. Thirty-eight percent of America’s poor are children. The statistics go on and on, but the bottom line is that children from fatherless families are more likely to remain poor, have problems […]


People of lost Somali Bantu tribe to resettle in South Carolina

COLUMBIA — The New York Times called them Africa’s Lost Tribe. They are the most oppressed people on the planet. Ever since their ancestors were stolen from their homes and enslaved, they have been abused, beaten and downtrodden. They cannot read or write and don’t know English; they have few job skills. They are literally […]


Coastal District Vincentians gather to discuss their ministries to those in need

MOUNT PLEASANT – Members of ten St. Vincent de Paul Society conferences took part in a recent meeting of the society’s Coastal District, encompassing 14 parishes from Hilton Head to Moncks Corner. Approximately 75 people were present to hear Bishop David B. Thompson, retired bishop of Charleston, speak on the event’s theme, “Energizing the St. […]


Hispanic leaders create yearly plan

COLUMBIA — On March 15, Hispanic leadership from throughout the diocese, worked on the draft of a one-year plan for 2003-2004. Most of the meeting was spent on fine-tuning the ideas that emerged from the Jan. 25 gathering with Bishop Robert J. Baker and exploring some immediate actions that can be taken to further the […]


Women’s conference keeps service in the forefront

COLUMBIA — Beginning with the Presentation of Colors by Fort Jackson Army Base soldiers, the 73rd South Carolina Council of Catholic Women (SCCCW) Convention illustrated in many different ways the recurring theme “Faithful Servants Making the Connection.” On March 28, affiliates gathered for a reception on Friday and started Saturday morning with a general business […]


For Father Selzer, the priestly life is ‘beyond expectations’

COLUMBIA — One year after his ordination to the Roman Catholic priesthood, Father Lee Selzer finds that his aspirations about the priestly life have been met, exceeded even. “It has been all that was promised by the Vocations Office,” Father Selzer said. “It’s been beyond my expectations.” The young priest, who once taught as a […]


Concert by local abbot rings in new organ at St. Peter’s

COLUMBIA — St. Peter Church celebrated the addition of their new Peragallo organ with a solemn blessing and dedication recital on March 23. Bishop David Thompson, retired bishop of Charleston was the celebrant assisted by Msgr. Leigh Lehocky, pastor of St. Peter’s. The featured soloist was Father Francis Kline, abbot of Mepkin Abbey and an […]


Geologist says Christian theology supports protection of the environment

COLUMBIA – A geologist whose main professional interest is the environment told a group of parish leaders on March 11 that “the doctrine of bodily resurrection implies that the whole universe will share in our ultimate destination.” John R. “Jack” Gelting was trying to convince members of the Midlands Parishes Environmental Committee that Christian theology, […]


Theologian says right can flourish even in the midst of the evils in healthcare

GREENVILLE – The U.S. court system and its interpretation of the Constitution have made it increasingly difficult for Catholic hospitals and other service institutions to carry out their mission within the teachings of the Church, according to a Catholic moral theologian. Father Romanus Cessario, professor of moral theology at St. John’s Seminary in Boston, recently […]


Religious, bishop meet to share needs of the diocese

CHAPIN — The religious men and women of the Diocese of Charleston gathered at Our Lady of the Lake Church in Chapin Feb. 21, for their annual meeting with Bishop Robert J. Baker. They came to share information and learn more about the local and overall needs of Catholics in South Carolina. The event began […]


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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 412:00 am Class 2019 Ordination Retreat
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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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