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Chrism Mass, a renewal of faith and sensitivity

CHARLESTON – This year’s chrism Mass was a time to focus on promoting ethnic sensitivity and welcoming the stranger. Bishop Robert J. Baker encouraged Catholics to be accepting of other cultures. “With an influx of peoples from other countries we must show them the hospitable face of Christ,” he said. “When and as we can, […]

Farrell O’Gorman Chrism luncheon talk

First, I’d like to thank Bishop Baker for inviting me; it is an honor to be addressing all of you. When I was an altar boy at tiny Sacred Heart Mission in the town of Blackville – about forty miles this side of Aiken – I’d never have imagined that I’d be standing here today. […]

Rite of Election welcomes over 500

CHARLESTON — The Diocese of Charleston has 562 people preparing to enter the Catholic Church this Easter, an increase from 487 last year. During the first two weeks of Lent, catechumens participate in the Rite of Election and candidates the Call to Continuing Conversion. The catechumens are people who are not yet baptized who will […]

It took three starts, but St. Anthony School in Florence turned 50

FLORENCE — An old adage says “the third time’s the charm.” St. Anthony School is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, but its history began 113 years ago with a false start followed by a school closure. First came the dream that never became reality. St. Anthony began as a mission out of Charleston in […]

Youth conference emphasizes ‘Now is the Time’ to seek God’s love

WHITE OAK — It’s not every Sunday that you hear an electric guitar and driving rock-and-roll percussion during the processional at Mass. But then again, not every liturgy is held for the annual Diocese of Charleston’s Youth Conference. This year’s event, which ran from March 10-12, had the theme “Now is the Time!” based on […]

Bishop authors historical novel

Bishop Robert J. Baker has authored a new book, “Cacique: A Novel of Florida’s Heroic Mission History.” It is scheduled for publication later this month by Saint Catherine of Siena Press. “Cacique,” a Spanish word for chieftain, is the tale of Florida’s Potano Indian chieftains and their relationship with Spanish Franciscan missionaries, according to a […]

New principal for Cardinal Newman

COLUMBIA — Bishop Robert J. Baker has appointed Jacqualine Kasprowski as the new principal of Cardinal Newman School. Kasprowski will begin July 1 after she completes the school year in her current position. She is president and principal of Saint Joseph Academy, a Catholic high school for young women in Cleveland, Ohio. Kasprowski has a […]

NFP speaker encourages people to read theology of the body

SPARTANBURG — South Carolina Catholics can gain a deeper understanding of the importance of the theology of the body and spousal love by reading Catholic documents, including their own bishop’s pastoral letter, according to a nationally known speaker on family planning issues. Benedictine Father Matthew Habiger, with the Natural Family Planning Outreach in Oklahoma City, […]

Rebecca Shafer, 19, gives her heart to the religious life

CHARLESTON — Rebecca Shafer dreamed of bright lights and of being on stage. She seemed destined to play the lead in a Broadway hit. The vivacious 19-year-old set her sights high. So high that, later this year, she will join the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation of Nashville, Tenn. “It breaks my heart that […]

Nun, prolific author, has been writing her whole life

BLUFFTON — Sister Pamela Smith has found writing is a daily activity that gives her great joy. “I’m always working on something,” said the author of nine books and more than 130 articles, poems and booklets. “It starts from the fact that I tend to use meditative writing as a form of prayer. If it […]

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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