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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 […]

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 […]

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