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New education center at St. Mary Magdalene accommodates growth

SIMPSONVILLE – The portable classrooms are gone and the off-campus religious education classes have ended. Last month, Bishop Robert J. Baker dedicated St. Mary Magdalene’s sparkling new education center that will be home to religious education and more for many years to come at the growing parish in Simpsonville. The two-story red brick building is […]

Session participants examine how diocese welcomes the stranger

CHARLESTON — During a workshop designed to help come up with ideas on how to welcome newcomers and underserved ethnic communities in the Catholic Church, representatives from the Diocese of Charleston were inspired to keep their minds open. Msgr. James A. Carter, vicar general; Kathleen Merritt, director of the Office of Ethnic Ministries; Dorothy Grillo, […]

Marriage conference emphasizes communication

MOUNT PLEASANT — A successful marriage begins in love but grows with respect, understanding, generosity, patience, and hard work. Christ Our King Parish hosted a marriage conference Feb. 8 in celebration of “World Marriage Day” Feb. 9. The first conference of its kind at the church was a great success for the 90 people who […]

Bishop endorses Federal Marriage Amendment

CHARLESTON – Bishop Robert J. Baker has joined other Catholic prelates such as Archbishop John Donoghue of Atlanta in signing an endorsement of the definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman in the Federal Marriage Amendment. The amendment was introduced in the House of Representatives May 15, 2002, with bi-partisan […]

Vietnamese meet to discuss action plan

GREENVILLE — The lack of Vietnamese-speaking priests in the diocese is making it hard for Vietnamese Catholics to fully participate in the American Catholic Church, according to Loc Phan, one of nearly 100 South Carolina Vietnamese Catholics who met earlier this month with Bishop Robert J. Baker to share their concerns about their faith. Phan […]

St. Francis Church hopes to reach Hispanic population with Disciples in Mission

WALHALLA — A mission church in Oconee County is leading an effort to include more Hispanic Catholics in the Disciples in Mission program. “Disciples in Mission is helping to develop leadership among the Hispanic population,” said Father Bill Edens, a Paulist priest at St. Francis Church in Walhalla. St. Francis is one of two missions […]

Book inspires prisoners

CHARLESTON — Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Division has published “Prayers for Prisoners,” a book of prayers designed to bring the good news of God’s love to those most in need of its assurance, those in prison, their loved ones and anyone imprisoned by fear, loneliness, grief, guilt, anger, or sorrow. Ann Ball, author, researcher and […]

A call to true evangelization

Congratulations to all our Catholic Schools as we begin Catholic Schools Week. The Catholic school is a very special instrument of evangelization and has been such since the inception of the Catholic school system. The prime purpose of the Catholic school is to evangelize. To prepare children and students of all ages to better understand […]

Abortion is the greatest human rights issue, says U.S. bishops’ official

CHARLESTON — Cathy Cleaver vigorously challenges the notion that abortion is good for women. In fact, she uses statistics provided by abortion advocates to make her pro-life case. “The vast majority of women who ‘choose’ abortion do so because they believed they had no other choice,” she said. The director of planning and information for […]

A welcome enthusiasm for the faith

MOUNT PLEASANT – With a year and a half of parish life behind him, Father Gregory Wilson, looks at a wonderful life. Ordained in June 2001, the parochial vicar of Christ Our King quickly learned one thing. “There’s an awful lot seminary can’t teach you simply because pastoral work is hands-on experience and learning from […]

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