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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 […]


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 […]


The Pilgrim of Peace visits her children

Pope John Paul II has declared this to be a year dedicated to Our Lady and her rosary. Here in Peru the priests, religious and laity of the six parishes in the north have been meeting to plan this special year. I’ve been impressed by the enthusiasm and interest shown by all the participants. A […]


Black Catholics celebrate heritage with Umoja

CHARLESTON — People who attended the Black Catholic Heritage Festival June 21-22 were all one color, “earth color.” So said Archbishop Anthony J.V. Obinna of Nigeria who told the congregation at the event’s closing Mass that when people die they are all “taken back to mother earth” and as members of the body of Christ […]


Former USC president gives talk about the Church in crisis

FLORENCE – Former University of South Carolina president John M. Palms, Ph.D., spoke at St. Anthony Church recently, to discuss the sexual abuse scandal in the priesthood. Palms said that the church has dealt with the issues of nuclear weapons, abortion, cloning, human sexuality, information management, privacy and other matters, and it will deal with […]


Visiting nun discusses Liberia’s orphan needs

GREENVILLE – Sister Sponsa Beltran knows a lot about the brutal 14-year civil war that has split the small West African Coast country of Liberia, but she’d rather talk about Sackor, Sando, Yah, Musa and Edwin and the hundreds of other Liberian children and adults she has sheltered from that war. The Bernadine Franciscan nun […]


Sponsor couple travels to Nigeria to ordination of ‘their’ seminarian

HILTON HEAD ISLAND — Danielle and Howard Haines, members of St. Francis by the Sea Church, sponsored a Dominican seminary student in Ibadan, Nigeria. Danielle wrote the following account of their journey to his country to attend his ordination. Our trip to Africa was made to be present at the ordination and first Mass of […]


Secular Franciscans bloom where they are planted

COLUMBIA — Statues of St. Francis adorn gardens all over the world, and he is well known for his love of animals, but for the Franciscan family made up of laity, religious and priests, St. Francis is much more than a lawn ornament. He is their inspiration for authentic Christian living. The third order or […]


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 […]


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    Oct 13 Diocesan Evangelization Conference
    From the Calendar of Ethnic Ministries
    Oct 278:00 am Day of Continuing Education for Deacons
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Nov 1 Black Catholic History Month
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Nov 1010:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Nov 1210:00 am Junta Diocesana
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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
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    Jan 1210:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
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    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
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