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VIRTUS program will help protect children

BY KATHY SCHMUGGE COLUMBIA — The Diocese of Charleston has begun a new child abuse prevention program with the hope of creating safe environments for its future. The Office of Child Protection Services held its first facilitator training session for the VIRTUS program at Our Lady of the Hills Church May 4-6. VIRTUS was implemented […]

Sister Mary Connor elected president of Poor Clares

GREENVILLE — After 30 years as a contemplative religious in South Carolina’s Poor Clare Monastery, Sister Mary Connor’s life is about to change. At the April 2005 general meeting of the order, the Chicago native was elected president of the Holy Name Federation of Poor Clares, one of only two such organizations in the United […]

Pillars of Christ do God’s work at dawn

GREENVILLE — The sky was just beginning to lighten downtown as 30 men trooped into St. Mary Church on Friday morning, May 6. The men are the Pillars of Christ, a parish ministry first suggested by parishioner John C. Heuser. “John’s vision was that men, particularly fathers, need guidance, a spiritual life of their own. […]

Bishop urges new Catholics to employ a spiritual regimen

CHARLESTON — The Diocese of Charleston celebrated Pentecost May 15 with its annual Neophyte Liturgy, welcoming new Catholics who were received into the Church this Easter throughout the diocese. The Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist brought together Catholics from all over the diocese who had received the sacraments of baptism, confirmation […]

Catholic schools excel at soccer in 2005

COLUMBIA — Three of South Carolina’s Catholic high schools dominated spring soccer competitions this year. The girls of Bishop England High School in Charleston won the AA championship in the S.C. High School League on May 13, and the next day, Cardinal Newman High School in Columbia and St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Greenville played […]

Headlines for the year from Catholic Charities across the Diocese of Charleston

BY DOROTHY GRILLO Dedication of the St. Joseph Residence for Retired Priests and the newly expanded Carter May Home was held Nov. 6, 2004. Twenty-three residents, including six retired priests, call the only diocesan assisted-living facility home. The capable and compassionate staff ensures a retirement of dignity and comfort for priests and laity alike. Domestic […]

Bishop to celebrate Mass at gathering of Asian, Pacific Islanders May 21-22

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Vietnamese Catholic Community will have its first annual gathering of Asian and Pacific Islanders, “United in Faith: Celebrating the Eucharist,” May 21-22 at St. John Neumann Church. Bishop Robert J. Baker encourages all Asian and Pacific Islanders to attend the gathering. The bishop will celebrate Mass, and Father Joachim Le Quang […]

Register now for the diocesan 2005 Family Life Conference

AIKEN — Registration is underway for the Diocese of Charleston’s 2005 Family Life Conference, “Made in God’s Image: From Womb to Tomb,” at St. Mary Help of Christians Church. Each parish is encouraged to send at least one parish representative to the May 14 conference. The conference’s keynote speaker, Franciscan Father Paul Williams, will speak […]

BSA surpasses $1.4 million

CHARLESTON — The 2005 Bishop’s Stewardship Appeal has gotten off to a great start according to James Myers, director of the Office of Stewardship and Mission Advancement for the Diocese of Charleston. Myers said that initial reports from parish returns show that the diocese has received $1,112,771 in one-time donations with an additional $302,675 in […]

St. Joseph Parish dedicates mosaic of the Holy Family

BY KATHY SCHMUGGE COLUMBIA — The empty space between the new St. Joseph Parish Life Center and St. Joseph School presented itself as an opportunity for Angel Allen, a mosaic/tile artist, to create a lasting image that would connect the new building with the old. On April 22 the Holy Family Mosaic was blessed and […]

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