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2004


The priesthood 1, baseball 0

CHARLESTON — Thank goodness for the call of the Lord! Otherwise, Msgr. Robert J. Kelly may have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame rather than celebrating 50 years in the priesthood. The much-loved pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel on Folly Beach and chaplain of Bishop England High School celebrated his golden […]


The work of the Lord continues in Peru

As we celebrate Easter, may the Lord transform your crosses into sources of life. That’s the great miracle of love that Jesus strives to work in our lives. I see people struggling and carrying so many crosses here. I really don’t know how they do it, and I marvel at their capacity to suffer. A […]


St. Joseph’s High School graduates 33

TAYLORS – Thirty-three seniors graduated from St. Joseph’s High School May 31 at commencement exercises held at Prince of Peace Church. Father Edmund F. McCaffrey, Ph.D., gave the commencement address. The former pastor of Holy Family Church in Hilton Head and abbott of Belmont Abbey is a longtime acquaintance of Mother Teresa. He told the […]


Nun defends Mary of Magdala’s role as a respected disciple

MYRTLE BEACH — Mary of Magdala (Mary Magdalene) was a respected and powerful woman of her time, not a prostitute, according to St. Mary of Namur Sister Mary Thompson. Sister Thompson, an acknowledged Biblical scholar, visited St. Andrew Church on May 5 to present educational programs to parishioners. She holds a master’s degree in theology […]


Deacon Phil Grant went home again

PAWLEYS ISLAND — When the Deacon Philip M. Grant becomes a priest next June, he may be the oldest ever ordained for the Diocese of Charleston. In fact, he was too old to train for the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, where he lived and worked for 18 years before entering the seminary in […]


Rock Hill church committing to evangelization efforts

ROCK HILL — When you’re a child in religious education, not all the teachings of the Catholic Church stick. Cynthia Gaither felt that way, so when the issue of deepening and sharing the Catholic faith was being discussed at a recent gathering at St. Mary Church she suggested that some of the Sunday adult education […]


Diocesan patron, St. John the Baptist, a minister of joy and mercy

It is easy to imagine St. John the Baptist in the typical Hollywood way: an angry preacher ranting in the desert. That is the idea many people have of him until what is said about him in Scripture is studied in detail. The portrait of this prophet that we find in the bible is most […]


Women prisoners find hope in their new faith

The barbed fence surrounding the Camille Graham Women’s Correctional Institution will only be a physical barrier between Julie and Gail and their new faith community at Our Lady of the Hills Church in Columbia. On May 2 at the correctional facility, the two women were welcomed into the church during the Rite of Initiation joined […]


Catholic Charities Mother’s Day Appeal

As our economy continues to languish, as more Americans find themselves unemployed, and as we are all concerned with our own financial security, the poor need us more than ever. The truth is that Catholic Charities needs your help and support throughout the year. However, it is a long-standing tradition in the Diocese of Charleston […]


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