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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. 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. […]

Strangers help Father Tran find refuge

GREENVILLE — Father Dac Tran, a Franciscan friar, vicar for Vietnamese Ministry in the Diocese of Charleston and administrator of Our Lady of the Rosary Church, is an ardent advocate for a welcoming church. He knows firsthand how strangers can help a person in need. On the day that Communist tanks rolled into his home […]

Workshop offers ‘survival kit’ for married couples

AIKEN — Marriage is a spiritual path, uniquely designed for each couple. Even though it is impossible to know all the challenges a couple may face, “Christian Married Life: A Sincere Gift of Self- Marriage Course,” is a program provided by the Diocese of Charleston that helps couples assemble a survival kit to live out […]

Charleston sister has prayer published nationwide

JAMES ISLAND — When Sister Mary Helen Grobusky, an Our Lady of Mercy sister, first wrote “A Nursing Home Prayer to Jesus Through Mary” in 1986 she never dreamed that it would be published and distributed to every parish in the country in 2004. “I first wrote the prayer when I was working at Divine […]

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