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Annual SCCCW convention March 31-April 2 in Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH — The annual South Carolina Council of Catholic Women will sponsor its annual convention March 31-April 2 at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel. The 76th annual event, “I Have Called You By Name, You Are Mine (Is 43:1),” is designed to help improve affiliates on a functional level and provide participants […]

Stewardship will be theme of Black Catholic Day of Reflection

SUMTER — The Diocese of Charles-ton’s Office of Black Catholics will have its Annual Day of Reflection from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 25 at St. Jude Church, located at 611 W. Oakland. The theme of this year’s Day of Reflection is “Stewardship: the gateway to parish stability and growth.” The keynote speaker will […]

Betty Jo Costello is an inspiration to all

NORTH AUGUSTA — People who call or visit the office of Our Lady of Peace Church have been greeted with a kind voice or warm smile from Betty Jo Costello for nearly 24 years. As parish secretary and bookkeeper, she felt it was her vocation to reach out to others in this manner, but this […]

Hosch honored as Woman of Achievement

COLUMBIA — Ask Franciscan Sister Margie Hosch about her work with the poor and needy, and the words pour out of her in a burst of quiet but ardent enthusiasm. Sister Margie is the regional coordinator for Catholic Charities in the Piedmont Deanery. Her work there has included providing counseling and help to disaster survivors, […]

World traveler O’Leary settles in at Catholic Charities

NORTH CHARLESTON — Helen O’Leary never imagined that at age 52 she would resume a career that she put on the back burner years ago, but as the new Coastal Deanery regional coordinator for Catholic Charities she is doing just that. O’Leary is trained in social work and is licensed to handle adoptions. A native […]

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 […]

Priests told ethnic ministry requires support and compassion

CHARLESTON — Priests from around the diocese met at the Mills House for the annual Convocation of Priests Jan. 17 -19. The focus of this year’s event was ethnic ministries. The guest speakers were Father Mario Vizcaino, SchP, director of the Southeast Regional Office for Hispanic Ministry; Elaine Lacy, Ph.D., director of the Research Initiatives […]

St. John students show what they’re made of in LEGO™ competition

NORTH CHARLESTON — Each year, many South Carolina students spend months building robots and learning to maneuver them over a course in preparation for the annual For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) LEGO™ League competition. This year a St. John Catholic School team won second place out of 140 teams for the […]

Priesthood takes Father Benjamine from South India to South Carolina

SULLIVAN’S ISLAND — Father Antony Benjamine, a diocesan priest from South India, found his way to the priesthood despite cultural and social opposition. His parents were adamant about his joining the Indian army, a move that would ensure a good career and pension for the rest of his life. Instead, he opted for eternity. “I […]

Religious in diocese honored at Mass

CHARLESTON — A special Mass honoring the men and women religious of the Diocese of Charleston was celebrated Feb. 11 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Bishop Robert J. Baker was the celebrant at the liturgy held for the World Day for Consecrated Life. “It has been an annual event to celebrate religious […]

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