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Vocation and avocation go together for Jesuit astronomer

CHARLESTON — Bishop England High School students were honored by a visit Nov. 19 from the only man who claims to be above the pope. Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno is the lucky astronomer at Castel Gandolfo Observatory who lives in the apartment directly above Pope John Paul II’s summer quarters. He’s a top planetary scientist […]

Diocese finds success with first all-female retreat

CHAPIN — Karla Hoppmann, a college student who has been active in diocesan youth ministry for years, put her education to good use. She used her developing skills in public relations and advertising to convince Jerry White, director of youth ministry for the Diocese of Charleston, to have an all-female retreat for high school students. […]

Zambia reminds reservist that Christ came to us in poverty

As a pilot flying cargo planes for the U.S. Air Force, I recently found myself in Zambia, located on the high savannah plains of central Africa. Arriving on a Thursday, I walked around the capital city of Lusaka. I could not help but feel a sense of gratitude for the blessings we have as Americans. […]

‘Nativity’ explains one of the major Christmas traditions

MONCKS CORNER — “Nativity, The Art and Spirit of the Creche” is a new 30-minute TV documentary that explores the history, styles, and spiritual meaning of the Christmas nativity scene. It was filmed last month at Mepkin Abbey. The film combines images of art and craftsmanship with history and thought-provoking insights about why the creche […]

Official assignments

The following assignments were made by Bishop Robert J. Baker: Father Wilbroad Mwape was appointed chaplain of Providence Hospital in Columbia, effective Oct. 25, 2004.<.p> Father Robert W. Ninedorf was appointed canonical moderator/ pastor of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Edgefield, effective Nov. 2, 2004. Father Michael Corrigan was appointed priest in residence […]

Knights of Peter Claver recognize members for community work

CHARLESTON — The Knights of Peter Claver St. Peter Council 110 held a banquet Nov. 5 to recognize two of its members, Knight Samuel L. Jenkins and Lady Annabelle B. Seabrook. Jenkins and Seabrook were honored for their contributions to St. Patrick and Our Lady of Mercy churches and the community, and for helping youth […]

Hispanic initiative grant helps grass-roots efforts

CHARLESTON — This fall, the Sisters of Charity Foundation awarded the Diocese of Charleston a three-year Hispanic initiative grant for $181,000. The use of the money stipulated three areas of focus: immigration services, leadership development, and resource coordination and development. The offices of Social Ministry, Ethnic Ministries, and Planning and Synod Implementation coordinated the allocation […]

Bishop Curlin speaks at college retreat

WINNSBORO — Eighty-two college students from across the diocese met Oct. 1-3 for the annual fall retreat and a weekend of inspirational talks from retired Bishop William Curlin. “This is the first year we have had a bishop speak at one of our retreats, and Bishop Curlin was an excellent choice,” said Father Jeffrey Kendall, […]

At annual meeting, St. Vincent de Paul Society told they ‘live the message’

COLUMBIA — The annual diocesan meeting for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul had a theme of “Let Us Set the Course to Another Year of Improved Service to the Poor.” The theme was supported in the general sessions, workshops and conference reporting/planning. In one of the Nov. 13 workshops, participants were able to […]

St. Joseph Residence at Carter-May Home dedicated

CHARLESTON — The building may have been finished, but the St. Joseph Residence at the Carter-May Home was not complete until it was blessed. Benefactors and supporters celebrated with Bishop Robert J. Baker and Dorothy Grillo, director of the Office of Social Ministry and coordinator of the project, at the special ceremony Nov. 6. Bishop […]

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