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New chaplains deeply moved by ministry

CHARLESTON — Graduates of the Bon Secours-St. Francis Hospital Clinical Pastoral Education program roundly agreed during their completion ceremony this summer that the ministry benefited them as much as it did the patients. Father Wilbroad Mwape, temporary administrator of St. Joseph Church and resident chaplain at Bon Secours, and Diocese of Charleston seminarians David Whitman […]

Transfiguration begins construction on parish center

BLYTHEWOOD — Members of Transfiguration Church in Blythewood had a good reason to celebrate on Sept. 20, and celebrate they did; first with an outdoor Mass, then with a groundbreaking ceremony for the faith community’s future multipurpose parish life center. Before the actual ground- breaking, parish administrator Father Arul Joseph Rayappan blessed the ground and […]

Father Robert Fix celebrates 50 years of ‘a glorious life’

COLUMBIA – Some recent statistics say the average worker changes employers every 3 to 5 years and the average marriage lasts about the same. Father Robert Fix has beaten the odds by celebrating his fiftieth year as a Catholic priest, with the last 30 years spent as a priest for the Charleston diocese and the […]

Conference offers pro-life leaders a chance to rejuvenate

COLUMBIA — Pro-life leaders throughout the Diocese of Charleston came together at the South Carolina Respect Life Conference on Aug. 23 to rejuvenate their parish organizations with fresh ideas and direction. The conference, held at St. Joseph Church in Columbia, was attended by more than 150 people. New ideas and direction came in part from […]

Father Aylward reflects on 50 years as a priest

CLEMSON — The parties may be over for now, but the celebration continues for Father Jerry Aylward. The 81-year-old Paulist priest’s jubilee year has been commemorated by parties and remembrances at four parishes — St. Andrew, St. Paul the Apostle, St. Francis Mission and Holy Cross. Father Aylward grew up on the upper end of […]

Workshop participants focus on racial diversity and sensitivity

GREENVILLE – More than 50 elementary teachers and principals from the four Greenville area schools participated in a workshop on sensitivity and diversity sponsored by the diocesan Office of Ethnic Ministries. The two-hour session, held Aug. 21 at St. Mary Church, was a follow-up to an initiative started a year ago by Bishop Robert J. […]

St. Mary Help of Christians in Aiken celebrates 150th anniversary

AIKEN – On July 26, St. Mary Help of Christians celebrated its 150th anniversary as a parish with a special Mass, dinner and dance. Bishop Robert J. Baker was the main celebrant for the liturgy, and tickets for the other gala events sold out weeks in advance. Nearly 20 fourth-degree Knights of Columbus added pomp […]

New principals hope to increase enrollment and Catholic identity

CHARLESTON — Now that school bells have begun to ring across South Carolina, faculties and staff of the Diocese of Charleston have renewed their commitment to helping children live the life of Jesus through Catholic education. New principals as well as new students were welcomed this school year, and new schools were added to the […]

After fire, Our Lady of Mercy repaired, rededicated

CHARLESTON — Fire was just another way to let the light of Christ shine at Our Lady of Mercy. After renovation of the fire-damaged building was complete, more than 125 people packed into the church to celebrate its resurrection with the rededication Mass Aug. 24. Bishop Robert J. Baker, Father Peter Kulandai, pastor, and Mayor […]

Upstate Catholic Charities opens Gallivan Center

GREENVILLE – Friends and supporters of Catholic social ministries couldn’t get outdoors July 28 to sprinkle holy water on the site of their new center, but God took care of that. Lightning flashed, thunder rumbled and rain fell in sheets minutes before nearly 100 people were to step onto the lawn next to the sanctuary […]

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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
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
    From the Calendar of Diaconate