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Three ordained to the priesthood

BY BROOKSI HUDSON CHARLESTON — Bishop Robert J. Baker ordained Robert Higgins, Christopher Smith and David Whitman to the priesthood in a Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist July 23. The three men have different backgrounds, but all share a common love for Christ and the church. Father Smith, the youngest at […]

Got VIRTUS? It’s mandatory

CHARLESTON — If you are an employee of the Diocese of Charleston, or a diocesan volunteer with access to children or vulnerable adults, you are required to attend a VIRTUS “Protecting God’s Children” program. VIRTUS is the mandatory course that the diocese employs to create safe environments for children and vulnerable adults within parishes and […]

Staking a claim — and outsmarting a fox — in Zorritos

ZORRITOS, Peru — It is now 3:15 a.m. I’ve just helped load our truck with 40 12-foot bamboo poles. About 15 parishioners are planting these deeply in the ground alongside the Pan-American Highway. Wires will unite the poles which surround a piece of property (about 800 yards) to which the parish is laying claim. It […]

Thieves break into St. Philip the Apostle Church in Lake City

LAKE CITY — It may have been a simple robbery, or it may have been a hate crime, but when burglars broke into St. Philip the Apostle Church on July 5 they took consecrated hosts in the locked tabernacle they stole. “It may be more than just robbery,” said Father Michael C. Okere, pastor. “They […]

Black Catholics celebrate faith, culture

GREENVILLE — The singing of a combined Heritage Gospel Choir set the tone for the exuberant and spiritual Black Catholics Heritage Celebration July 8-9. About 150 people attended the annual diocesan celebration, held at various Upstate venues. “As eucharistic peoples, we have the opportunity to walk with Jesus each day. As black Catholics, we keep […]

Concert, organ dedication honor the late Father Henry Burke

CONWAY — The Church of St. James dedicated its new organ to the late Father Henry J. Burke on June 26 with a concert that the priest would have appreciated. Father Burke, the first pastor of St. James, was a musician who often pulled out his clarinet or flute during Mass to play a song. […]

Father Titus Fulcher, Stephen Gajdosik join Chancery staff

CHARLESTON — The Diocese of Charleston has two new staff members serving in positions at the Chancery. Father Titus Fulcher has been hired as Bishop Robert J. Baker’s assistant for special administrative affairs and as director of the Office of Child Protection Services. He replaced Jeffrey Silleck as of June 1. Stephen Gajdosik has been […]

Father John T. O’Holohan goes gold

LANCASTER — They didn’t come from Africa for Jesuit Father John T. O’Holohan’s 50th anniversary of ordination, but friends and supporters came from all the parishes he has served in America. And they especially came from St. Catherine here and St. Joseph in Chester, and from the parish mission in Great Falls, St. Michael. “Father […]

Record number attends Junior High Christian Leadership Institute

LEESVILLE — Like a baseball team that trains minor league players for the big leagues, the Youth Ministry Office at the Diocese of Charleston has seen positive results in training junior high youth to become Christian leaders for school, parish youth programs and the community. “If you have a good junior high program, it will […]

Sister Johnson dies at 81

GREENVILLE — Sister Mary Francis Johnson, a Sister of St. Clare, died June 28 at the age of 81. The funeral Mass was celebrated July 1 at the Monastery of St. Clare chapel. Burial was in the monastery cemetery. Sister Johnson was born Oct. 31, 1923, in Lafayette, Ind., the daughter of the late Otis […]

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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
    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