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2003

Lenten regulations for fasting and abstinence

Each year the holy season of Lent provides us a special time of grace and spiritual renewal so that we may become better instruments in sharing the Gospel message. This year, Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, falls on March 5. The present laws of the church regarding fast and abstinence during the season of […]


Father McCaffrey redefines retirement

COLUMBIA — Father Edmund McCaffrey, Ph.D., has been a Benedictine monk, political science professor who founded and headed the Political Science Department at Belmont Abbey College, visiting professor, writer, Abbot ordinary of the Belmont Abbey monastery and pastor. He continues to wears the hats of lecturer, pilgrimage leader, organization director, spiritual director, and retreat master. […]


Visiting priest draws 1,000 to Charlotte for two-day seminar

CHARLOTTE — Terri de Luca’s friend in Pennsylvania gave such a colorful description of a speaker who came to her church, that it lit a fire under her. De Luca was determined to bring this no nonsense priest, named Father John Corapi of the Society of Our Lady, from California to North Carolina. Now as […]


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 […]


Disciples in Mission leaders prepare for Lenten introduction

COLUMBIA — Lent is drawing near and the hundreds of parish leaders who will implement the Disciples in Mission process have been trained. Trainers and trainees are ready to kick it off. “I’m jazzed about it,” said Carl Mayers, diocesan coordinator of liturgy for Disciples in Mission. “It’s a great process and will make a […]


Franciscan order celebrates 125th anniversary

COLUMBIA — As their religious order prepares to celebrate its 125th anniversary by looking to an uncertain future, two local nuns continue their long service in the Diocese of Charleston with a clear vision of what still needs to be done. Mother Mary Alfred Moes founded the Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. […]


Bishop adds fifth deanery

CHARLESTON – Bishop Robert J. Baker has announced that the Diocese of Charleston is adding a fifth deanery. The Hilton Head Deanery will include the Hilton Head Island and Beaufort areas. The boundaries of the deanery have yet to be determined. Father Martin T. Laughlin, pastor of Holy Family Church in Hilton Head Island, is […]


Disciples in Mission starts prayer campaign, organizes small groups

CLEMSON — Three Paulist churches in the northwestern corner of South Carolina, along with other parishes across the diocese, are preparing to take the next step in a five-year evangelization effort. St. Andrew, St. Paul the Apostle and St. Francis churches will spend the next few weeks forming dozens of small, evangelization groups. It’s a […]


Learning about natural family planning is accepting a gift from God

SPARTANBURG – Pope John Paul II said it best: What better gift can you give a child than to give him a brother or a sister? And what better way to bring forth a child than God’s way – naturally. Marc and Lynn Connelly certainly agree. They have cranked up natural family planning classes at […]


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    Oct 278:00 am Day of Continuing Education for Deacons
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    Nov 1 Black Catholic History Month
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    Jan 412:00 am Class 2019 Ordination Retreat
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    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
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