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St. Joseph School honors departing principal, Sister Christina Murphy

COLUMBIA — Youth today have few solid role models who bear a constant Christian witness in word and action. On the last day of school at St. Joseph School, students had to bid farewell to such a role model when their principal of 15 years, Sister Christina Murphy, stepped down. The Sister of Notre Dame […]

Catholic schools director finds her vocation, again

CHARLESTON — Margaret Adams, Ph.D., director of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Charleston, has re-sumed membership in the Sisters of SS. Cyril and Methodius in Danville, Pa., and is preparing to make vows with the community. In a July 1 ceremony at the Basilica of SS. Cyril and Methodius, Sister Adams signed her covenant […]

Greenville Poor Clares to celebrate order’s 750th anniversary

GREENVILLE — The Poor Clare sisters, who live in simple seclusion in their mon-astery on North Pleasantburg Drive, spend most of their day in silence. But these contemplative nuns, known as Second Order Franciscans, are about to erupt with a joyful noise.On Aug. 11, the community will celebrate the culmination of the 750th anniversary of […]

Bishop John England brought moral issue of dueling to public forum

One of the early debates in our country involving religion and public life occurred in Charleston, S.C., in 1828, and one of the foremost protagonists in the debate was none other than the first Bishop of Charleston, Bishop John England.  The debate was on the issue of the morality and legality of dueling. Two hundred […]

Oratorian Father Pentis goes where the Lord takes him

ROCK HILL — If numbers are any indication of a ministry well served, then the 500 or so people who gathered to celebrate the career of Oratorian Father William Pentis are a testimony to his priesthood. Father Pentis retired as pastor of St. Anne Church at the beginning of July after 21 years of service. […]

Blessed Sacrament honors adorers on 20th anniversary

CHARLESTON — In celebration of its 20th year of perpetual adoration, Blessed Sacrament Church honored its adorers with a formal dinner June 12 at the St. Joseph parish hall.Blessed Sacrament was the first parish in South Carolina to begin perpetual adoration, thanks to Dr. Lou Verroi, former director of the ministry from 1984-92.“I first experienced […]

Bishop Baker reflects on Communion, politicians following bishops’ meeting

CHARLESTON — The June meeting of the U.S. Catholic bishops in Denver this year was supposed to be a time of prayer and reflection centered on topics related to Pope John Paul’s document “Pastores Gregis,” on the role of the bishop in the church. The meeting turned out to be what it was intended to […]

Sister Margie Hosch goes for the gold

GREENVILLE — When 18-year-old Margie Hosch entered a Franciscan convent in Dubuque, Iowa, in June 1954, her younger sister was surprised because she was so popular as a youth. But she was the second of eight Hosch children to become a nun and that was just what the family wanted. “Everybody was so proud of […]

The church is challenged to include Asians

GREENVILLE — The diocesan vicar for Vietnamese ministry attended the Asian and Pacific Institute for Mission and Ministry conference in Ft. Lauderdale on May 21-23. Franciscan Father Dac Tran expected to gain a new appreciation of the values other nationalities bring to the universal church; he was surprised to find out that as an ethnic […]

St. Peter acts as host school for child abuse prevention effort

COLUMBIA — The state of South Carolina joined with the nation in designating April as National Child Abuse Awareness Month. The theme of this year’s campaign was “In Loving Hands, Kids Blossom.” Gov. Mark Sanford called on all South Carolinians to “work together to prevent the abuse and neglect of our children.” This year, Prevent […]

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    Oct 13 Diocesan Evangelization Conference
    From the Calendar of Ethnic Ministries
    Oct 278:00 am Day of Continuing Education for Deacons
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Nov 1 Black Catholic History Month
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Nov 1010:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Nov 1210:00 am Junta Diocesana
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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
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