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South Carolina Air Force chaplain reflects on deployment to Iraq

We hear all the time about the shortage of Roman Catholic priests, but this became a real issue for me personally during my five-month deployment to the Area of Responsibility (AOR) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. I was assigned to an Air Expeditionary Group at a classified bare-base location with over 3,200 personnel who […]

Native missionaries spread the light of Christ in Peru

ZORRITOS, PERU — After 44 years of priestly ministry, I’m finally retired — a 70-year-old retired priest of the Diocese of Charleston. Thanks to my bishop and the Society of St. James, I have permission to continue serving here in Zorritos. Someone told me, “If this is retirement, who needs work?” My work here is […]

St. Martin de Porres School impresses Lt. Gov. Bauer

COLUMBIA – As lieutenant governor for South Carolina, André Bauer is well aware of what is not working in the public school system, and he says he is committed to making it better. While encouraging innovative ways to improve the education system, he holds St. Martin de Porres School as a model for other schools. […]

Catholic Charities coordinators attend NY conference

NEW YORK — Liberia, social action and Sept. 11, 2001, were topics at the annual Roundtable Social Action Summer Institute held at St. John’s University in Queens, N.Y. The Roundtable Association of Diocesan Social Action Directors was organized in 1985 to serve those in diocesan offices linking justice and faith in light of Catholic social […]

Catholic communities prepare for Bantu refugees

As Somali Bantu refugees prepare to resettle in Richland County, Lutheran Family Services and Catholic Charities are among several groups helping the adults and children move to South Carolina during a storm of controversy. The U.S. Catholic Conference Migration and Refugee Services is also working in partnership with the other groups to help resettle the […]

Bishop dedicates new Taylors church

TAYLORS — Nearly 1,000 parishioners joined Bishop Robert J. Baker in celebrating the dedication Sept. 21 of the long-awaited Prince of Peace Church. The bishop led a three-hour celebration that started on the sunny, warm afternoon with a short procession from the old church to the new building, where the pastor, Father Steven L. Brovey, […]

A Decade since Denver

Ten years ago on August 15, 1993, Pope John Paul II summoned the youth of the world to a pilgrimage in the peculiar location of Denver, Colo., in the heart of the United States. This modern metropolis had no ancient shrines (like the previous gathering at Buenos Aires), nor buried apostles (like Santiago de Compestela), […]

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 […]

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    Oct 13 Diocesan Evangelization Conference
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    Oct 278:00 am Day of Continuing Education for Deacons
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    Nov 1 Black Catholic History Month
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    Nov 1010:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
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    Nov 1210:00 am Junta Diocesana
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    Nov 17 Diocese of Charleston Native American Catholic Heritage Celebration
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    Nov 18 Vietnamese Martyrs Celebration
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    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
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    Jan 412:00 am Class 2019 Ordination Retreat
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    Jan 812:00 am Retiro Espiritual de Emmaus
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    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
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