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Charleston seminarian ordained to the diaconate

Baltimore — David Whitman, a seminarian studying for the Diocese of Charles-ton, was ordained to the transitional diaconate on April 24 by Bishop James M. Moynihan of Syracuse, N.Y., at St. Mary’s Seminary and University. Sulpician Father Robert F. Leavitt,  president-rector, and Conventional Franciscan Father Timothy A. Kulbicki were joined by more than 40 priests […]

Hundreds celebrate feast of Our Lady of La Vang

GREENVILLE — Vietnamese-American Catholics came by the hundreds, the women in spectacular silken dresses, the men in white shirts and ties. They came to Our Lady of the Rosary Parish on May 16 to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of La Vang for the fourth consecutive year. Bishop Robert J. Baker presided at the […]

Black Catholic Heritage Celebration set for June

GREENVILLE — The diocesan Office of Black Catholics has scheduled its major festivity of the year for June 11-12 in Columbia. The Black Catholics Heritage Celebration 2004 will offer something for everyone. This year’s theme for the Celebration is “A Salute to Cath-olic Education,” which was the vision of Franciscan Father Paul Williams, vicar for […]

Junior High Retreat combines fun and faith

COLUMBIA — As the school year winds down and students prepare to begin statewide testing, the Diocese of Charleston Youth Ministry has already given its own pretest. Participants at the annual Junior High Retreat held April 29-May 2 were asked questions that certainly pertained to skeptical youth, “What — You Don’t Think God Talks?” During […]

Holtz’s life reflects his belief in God

GREENVILLE — Just as Charleston seems always to be preceded with the modifier “historic,” so is Lou Holtz always referred to as “legendary.” And he is indeed a legendary coach, having brought Notre Dame back to the football glory of its fabled past and having been named national Coach of the Year twice. His specialty […]

Help fight hunger

CHARLESTON — On June 3, communities across the country will come together to focus attention on the persistent problem of hunger in America. For the third year in a row, Catholic Charities will also participate in National Hunger Awareness Day. In South Carolina, hunger or food insecurity  — not having enough food to meet daily […]

Rock-4-Life attracts teens, blasts out a pro-life message

MAULDIN — The recipe is simple: entice teenagers to come with rock bands, then use speakers and games to spread the message. The message was pro-life, and the occasion was the all-day Rock-4-Life LifeFest held May 1 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish. Valerie Baronkin, pro-life coordinator for the Piedmont Deanery, came away with the […]

Sister Lupe brings the Word to the faithful

CHARLESTON — Sister Lupe Hernandez answered her call to the Daughters of St. Paul when she was a young girl of 14. Since then, she has never looked back. She will celebrate her 30th anniversary June 30. “I wanted to join a group that presented the Word of God, and the Daughters of St. Paul […]

Father Cellini spreads the faith in the Lowcountry

CHARLESTON — Father Ronald Cellini spent the past 25 years doing what he loves to do — sharing his faith. He was born in 1953 in Aliquippa, Pa., to Guy and Emma Cellini. He and his two sisters grew up in St. Titus parish, which was a large parish that he said fostered many vocations. […]

Fahey finds his calling in Catholic history

CHARLESTON — Brian Fahey has found his niche among the annals of the Catholic Church. He is the new archivist for the Diocese of Charleston. Fahey grew up on three-mile-by-one-mile Tybee Island near Savannah, Ga. He was an only child, but was surrounded by extended family on the island. His family belonged to St. Michael […]

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