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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 […]

Citadel cadet Carrie Graves marches to the beat of her own drum

CHARLESTON — At 4 foot 11 inches (and three quarters), Carrie Graves stands out in a crowd. She is distinctive because this diminutive cadet is a sophomore at The Citadel and an active Catholic. She is also in a place where females are a minority, Catholics a surprising yet silent majority, and spirituality often takes […]

Why give?

My Italian grandmother had a saying that, loosely translated, means, “Your table can seat as many as you care to invite.” I couldn’t help remembering her when I read, A Place at the Table, by the U.S. Catholic Bishops. If your holiday meals are anything like ours, there is usually enough food left over to […]

Diocese to close Year of the Rosary with rally Oct. 12

CHARLESTON – Bishop Robert J. Baker has announced that the faithful of the Diocese of Charleston will conclude the Year of the Rosary with a rosary rally at 3 p.m. Oct. 12 in Columbia. The location has yet to be determined, but pastors have been asked to spread the word so parishioners can mark the […]

Black Catholic heritage celebration set for June

CHARLESTON – After a May 3-4 special appeal for the Bishop’s Stewardship Appeal, some individuals who had already given might wonder why they received another request in the mail. “We decided that it would be more cost-effective to mail to our constituency again this year to provide the opportunity for those who have yet to […]

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  • Diocesan Events Calendar
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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