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Diocese, parishes aid Katrina victims

BY DOROTHY GRILLO Catholics across the state were moved to immediate action as images of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation were published in national media. The sights generated an outpouring of generosity before Bishop Robert J. Baker requested a special collection in the parishes. By Sept. 12, Catholic Charities had received more than $194,139 in donations from […]

Charleston diocese, Sierra Leone have connections in Bishop Barron

This is the final article of the three-part series on the relationship between the church in South Carolina and the African nation of Sierra Leone. BY JEFF KIRBY CHARLESTON — During a recent pastoral visit to South Carolina, Archbishop Joseph Ganda of Sierra Leone frequently spoke of one of his predecessors, a bishop with ties […]

Missionary work is the heart of his priesthood

BY BROOKSI HUDSON MONCKS CORNER — St. Philip Benizi Church welcomed a new parish administrator at the end of 2004. Diocesan priest Father Bernardino Yebra hails from Manila in the Philippine Islands. Father Yebra was ordained in Manila 17 years ago, but his road to the priesthood began at age 13. He attended Catholic school […]

Father Okere Takes Charge

KINGSTREE — Father Michael C. Okere represents the new breed of priest serving the rural parishes of South Carolina. He is young, well educated, dynamic, dedicated to his ministry and he rides the circuit among parishes. He is also foreign-born. Father Okere is a priest of the Archdiocese of Owerri in Nigeria, on loan to […]

Bishop asks S.C. Catholics to continue outreach

CHARLESTON — In a letter to Catholics in South Carolina, Bishop Robert J. Baker thanked his flock for their generosity in responding to the needs of the people along the Gulf Coast whose lives have been devastated by Hurricane Katrina. “Already your generosity is evident as the collections taken in your parishes begin to come […]

Former evangelical Protestant helps Catholics understand Scripture

GREENVILLE — Mark P. Shea calls himself a double-jump convert, and that is one reason the St. Mary Church Center for Evangelical Catholicism sponsored his three talks Aug. 27-28. Shea is an award-winning author of dozens of books and articles and is a regular on television and radio, including Catholic radio in South Carolina. He […]

Pope, bishop big hits with diocesan World Youth Day pilgrims

GREENVILLE — They came to meet their pope, and they discovered their bishop in the process. Nearly 40 Catholics from South Carolina joined hundreds of thousands of others who journeyed to Cologne, Germany, for World Youth Day Aug. 16-21. Most of the South Carolina pilgrims were teenagers; all of them were enthusiastic about their trip. […]

Lowcountry family finds its heritage in Sierra Leone

BY JEFF KIRBY NORTH CHARLESTON — What does an African-American Catholic family from North Charleston have in common with a predominantly Muslim, West African tribe of 700,000? In matters of history and spirituality, a lot. The connections between the Polite family of the Lowcountry and the Mende tribe of southern Sierra Leone converge in a […]

Lowcountry priests lauded on appreciation day

BY BROOKSI HUDSON DANIEL ISLAND — Catholics from the tri-county area met at Bishop England High School Sept. 1 to show their appreciation of Lowcountry clergy at the second annual Priest Appreciation reception. Twenty-five active and retired priests attended and were presented with a ceramic dish and handmade rosaries. Rob Fowler, chief meteorologist for News […]

Volunteers at Loris Family Clinic help farm workers stay well

BY TIM BULLARD LORIS — The Loris Family Clinic is a free clinic for seasonal farm workers and their families. It is a direct way in which the health of Hispanic seasonal farm workers and their families is being bettered through a partnership between Loris Healthcare System and Little River Medical Center. Dr. Luis D. […]

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    Oct 13 Diocesan Evangelization Conference
    From the Calendar of Ethnic Ministries
    Oct 278:00 am Day of Continuing Education for Deacons
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Nov 1 Black Catholic History Month
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Nov 1010:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Nov 1210:00 am Junta Diocesana
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    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
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    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
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