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2004

St. Mary hosts church historian Paul Thigpen for parish mission

GREENVILLE — Leading professionals and other Catholic heavyweights of the Upstate gathered in Gallivan Hall on the campus of St. Mary Church Sept. 22 to kick off the fund-raiser for Catholic radio in the area. Bishop Robert J. Baker was on hand to bless the undertaking. “The theme I hear from listeners of Catholic radio […]


A whole lot of healing going on

SIMPSONVILLE — “There’s a healer in town tonight, and it’s not me. It’s Jesus.” With those words, Father Larry J. Hess began a night of healing and reconciliation at St. Mary Magdalene on Aug. 2. In a powerful homily, the pastor from the Diocese of Allentown spoke of his own miraculous reprieve from a heart […]


‘Devotion to Mary always brings victory’

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH — The courtyard was nearly full outside Our Lady Star of the Sea Church as people came from around the state for the diocesan Rosary Celebration on Oct. 10. Many brought decorated statues of Mary to carry in the procession. One of the larger contingencies came from one of the smallest places. […]


Commun-I-Care bridges the gap in health care coverage

COLUMBIA — Ken Trogdon, a staff member with the Palmetto Project, and Dr. Bart Barone, a Charleston neurosurgeon, knew that someone had to bridge the gap between the working poor and health care services. In 1993, these men started Commun-I-Care with 125 physicians willing to provide free office visits and two pharmaceutical companies willing to […]


‘The Eucharist should be the center of our lives’

COLUMBIA — Participants at this year’s All Ministries Conference learned new ways of “Building Communities of Life” during a day filled with activities that included Mass, a keynote address and workshops. Bishop Robert J. Baker, the main celebrant for the Mass, emphasized the need to be open and prepared for the Eucharist because that is […]


Rally focuses on pain of abortion

CHARLESTON—Silent No More, a group of women and men who have experienced firsthand the physical and emotional pain of abortion, convened on the steps of the U.S. Customs House to tell their stories Sept. 18. With an estimated 43 million babies lost since the legalization of abortion 30 years ago, members of the group speak […]


Finding answers to society’s questions

Does the church have an answer to modern society’s questions regarding human rights, family life and other areas? Although the world is technologically advanced, it seems unable to answer the deeper questions of what a “person” is, of what a family is and, more recently, of what a marriage is. We seem unable to define […]


Cathedral to host Parish Ecumenical Training Workshop

CHARLESTON — “Understanding Baptists” and “The Interreligious Landscape of South Carolina” will be the topics of two talks at the 2004 Parish Ecumenical Training Workshop Oct. 22-23 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist parish hall. The conference is sponsored by the Diocese of Charleston’s Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs. The workshop will […]


Anonymous donor’s kindness makes Charleston Catholic renovations possible

CHARLESTON—Thanks to a donation of $1 million from a generous benefactor, Charleston Catholic School was able to make some much-needed changes for the start of the 2004-2005 school year. The benefactor, who wishes to remain anonymous, is a friend of Bishop David Thompson, former bishop of the Diocese of Charles-ton. He made the decision to […]


Celebration brings Hispanics closer together

COLUMBIA — The pews at St. John Neumann Church were overflowing with Hispanic families and friends from across the state. People came in record numbers to attend the 2004 Hispanic Celebration that began with an outdoor procession before Mass and ended with food and festivities. The event was sponsored by the Diocese of Charleston. “Welcome […]


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