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John Barker is new diocesan CFO

CHARLESTON – John Barker has joined the Diocese of Charleston as its new chief financial officer. Barker, 48, is the former chief financial officer of the Claremont Restaurant Group in Mooresville, N.C. The company manages Sagebrush Restaurants, casual-dining steakhouses located in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee. Barker is a native of Ohio and […]

Andrew Cano admitted to candidacy for Holy Orders

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Andrew Cano from the Diocese of Charleston, S.C., was admitted to candidacy for Holy Orders by Bishop John D’Arcy of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend on April 29. The event took place in St. Turibius Chapel at the Pontifical College Josephinum, where Cano is a seminarian, according to a press release […]

Poor Clares receive grant

GREENVILLE – The contemplative Order of Poor Clares is giving thanks for a $250,000 grant it received from the National Religious Retirement Office. The grant will assist in the order’s efforts to relocate and build a new monastery. “We have worked very hard to plan for our future living space that is in keeping with […]

Three ordained as transitional deacons

CHARLESTON – Timothy Gahan, Andrew Trapp and Jeremi Wodecki have officially become members of the clergy and have accepted the responsibilities that entails. The three men were ordained to the transitional diaconate by Bishop Robert J. Baker on May 20 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. In order to prepare for the priesthood, […]

‘Hearts on Fire’ event held in Rock Hill

ROCK HILL – A priest, originally from Brazil, presiding over a Mass with Hispanic musicians and Vietnamese dancers epitomized diversity at Winthrop Coliseum April 23. More than 1,200 people gathered for “Hearts on Fire,” a celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday organized by members of St. Anne Church. Pope John Paul II established the Divine Mercy […]

At 82, Zsiga is an active volunteer, inspiration

ROCK HILL – Joseph “Ziggy” Zsiga has spent his life in quiet and dedicated service to his family, church, community and, for the last 50 years, the Knights of Columbus. On March 1, 1956, the 82-year-old Zsiga became a Knight in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. In 1975, he moved to Rock Hill and became […]

Echo House, serving the North Charleston community

NORTH CHARLESTON – Volunteers at Echo House are rewarded with joy. They hear songs and prayer from the senior citizens they serve, and are witnesses to spontaneous praise for what other people take for granted. Where else can one hear the heartfelt prayer, “Thank you, Lord, for letting us wake up in our right minds […]

The Charleston Miracle League

CHARLESTON – Channing Proctor has built his field of dreams – a place where any child, regardless of his or her abilities, can play baseball. Proctor put his own dreams aside while he created the Charleston Miracle League, which opened in the fall of 2004. He spearheaded the effort to start the baseball league after […]

Spread the word by living it, says USCCB official

FURMAN – Catholic laypeople share in Christ’s office of priest, prophet and king and can help spread the word of Christ through the way they live their lives, said a bishops’ conference official. Capuchin Franciscan Father Thomas Wein-andy, director of the Secretariat for Doctrine and Pastoral Practices for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said […]

Two to be ordained to the priesthood June 3

CHARLESTON – Two seminarians will be ordained as new priests for the Diocese of Charleston June 3. They are of widely different ages and backgrounds, but both men have in common a deep commitment to serving God and fulfilling whatever roles they are asked to take on in the life of the diocese. Deacon David […]

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