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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 […]


Bishops urged to seek support for Federal Marriage Amendment

Following is a letter from Bishop Robert J. Baker to the faithful of the Diocese of Charleston: “The survival of humanity depends upon the survival of the family, which is threatened greatly in the society in which we live. What we do to the family affects what happens to a society and the culture that […]


Black Catholics plan for the future at heritage celebration

COLUMBIA — This year’s Black Catholic Heritage Celebration gave African-American Catholics in South Carolina an opportunity to celebrate accomplishments of the past and present. Through workshops, speakers, and its own enormous success, the celebration provided great hope for the future of African-American Catholics in the Diocese of Charleston.More than 400 people from throughout the state […]


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 […]


Higgins ordained to the diaconate

CHARLESTON — Robert F. Higgins was ordained to the  transitional diaconate at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist May 22. Diaconate ordination is another step for Deacon Higgins as he makes his way to the priesthood. As a deacon, he promises celibacy, simplicity, obedience, and to pray daily the Liturgy of the Hours. This […]


Philip Grant, Timothy Tebalt ordained to the priesthood June 5

CHARLESTON — June 5 marked a day of beginning for Deacons Philip Grant and Timothy Tebalt as the two men were ordained to the priesthood at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Although the two men entered into the same ministry, their lives leading up to that special day were vastly different. Father Tebalt, […]


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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
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    Dec 15 Simbang Gabi for Filipino Catholics
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    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
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    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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