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2004

Diocese updates sex abuse policy

CHARLESTON — Revisions to the Diocese of Charleston’s sex abuse policy have been completed and now the diocese awaits its turn in a national audit to document the progress made in implementation of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. Bishop Robert J. Baker accepted revisions […]


Adoration: Finding peace in Christ’s presence

LEXINGTON – The pope calls it “an inexhaustible source of holiness” and parish priests think of it as an asset to the devotional life of the faithful. Participants rave about the sense of peace that flows from it. And the Bishop of South Carolina is an avid proponent of it. Yet only a tiny percentage […]


Junior Christian Leadership Institute combines spirituality and joy

LEESVILLE – Daily rain was the rule at this year’s Junior Christian Leadership Institute at Camp Kinard, but the weather actually boosted the success of the annual event. “It rained every day, but not during our outside times, and the cooler mornings have been good for us,” said Jerry White, director of the sponsoring diocesan […]


At 85, Father Burke delivers a powerful message

GARDEN CITY — While slicing into his birthday cake recently, Father Henry J. Burke proved that, like the character Arnold Schwarzenegger portrays in “The Terminator,” he’ll be back. A spry 85, the retired priest showed he can deliver a powerful message for the young and old. To mark his birthday recently, he celebrated Mass at […]


Construction begins on retired priests’ residence

CHARLESTON — The construction contract for the St. Joseph Residence at Carter-May has been signed with Hightower Construction and work will begin immediately. The building and renovation project is moving along nicely and the decision has been made to proceed with the full project plan, according to Mike Gocsik, secretary of the Office of Stewardship […]


Msgr. Thomas Evatt dies

ANDERSON — Msgr. Thomas A. Evatt, former pastor of St. Mary Help of Christians Church in Aiken, died July 18 at his residence. The funeral Mass was celebrated by Bishop Robert J. Baker July 22 at St. Joseph Church. Burial was at Greenville Memorial Gardens. Thomas Austin Evatt was born in Providence, R.I., May 18, […]


Cursillo movement celebrates silver anniversary in SC

CHAPIN — Mary Ols said, “It was an emotional experience for me.” She was referring to the silver jubilee celebration June 14 of the Cursillo movement in the Diocese of Charleston, and Mary Ols had good reason to become emotional. She and her husband were among the founders of the South Carolina movement in June […]


Perpetual adoration creates challenges and blessings

CHARLESTON — Perpetual adoration is Eucharistic adoration available 24/7. It is so difficult to maintain that only a handful of parishes in the entire state of South Carolina offer it. Blessed Sacrament Church began it all nineteen years ago, on the Feast of Corpus Christi 1984. Buddy Sirisky was a charter member of the group […]


Two OLM’s celebrate jubilees adding up to 110 years of ministry

CHARLESTON — Our Lady of Mercy Sisters Marie Amelia Ferillo and Carmelita Boyd celebrated 110 years of ministry recently. Sister Ferillo has been a religious for 60 years and Sister Boyd for 50. Sister Ferillo was born July 22, 1925, in Charleston. She is a graduate of Bishop England High School. She received a B.A. […]


Is the Institute for Parish Leadership for you?

In our first five years of the Institute for Parish Leadership Development, over 600 leaders from parishes all over the diocese have received what we believe to be a solid foundation in theology and scripture. With this foundation in church teachings, they have been able to use their talents in better service to their local […]


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    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