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New church for St. Martin de Porres

COLUMBIA — A cold wind didn’t prevent more than 100 people from gathering outside St. Martin de Porres Church Feb. 5, many of them wearing yellow plastic hard hats on top of warm hats. The hard hats were symbolic of the historic event about to take place — the groundbreaking for a new church building […]

Hutchinson lives her faith at Bon Secours-St. Francis Hospital

CHARLESTON — Her cell phone rang for the fifth time in 20 minutes. She answered cheerfully, listened, then offered guidance to the employee on the other end, taking notes in her overloaded portfolio — her mobile desk. It wasn’t yet 10 a.m. on Sunday morning, the quietest time of Catherine Hutchinson’s work days. First as […]

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 […]

Fatima statue to visit SC

The International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be made available to parishes in South Carolina during the month of October. During a congress for youths in Fatima, Portugal, in 1946, participants took a statue of Mary from display in the Cova de Iria and made a pilgrimage to Lisbon. When they […]

EWTN now available on digital cable in Charleston and Columbia

CHARLESTON — A six-year campaign that began with a few persistent people ended in success in December when EWTN hit the airwaves in Charleston and Columbia. EWTN Global Catholic Network is now on Comcast Channel 291 in the Holy City and on Time Warner Channel 168 in Columbia. “We have a loyal fan base of […]

Bishop Baker’s prayer for life

Bishop Robert J. Baker gave the following prayer at the Stand Up for Life March and Rally in Columbia Jan. 21. O God of Light and Life and Love, please be with this great assemblage of people, gathered today to give you praise and to thank you for the gift of Life, the precious gift […]

Home Works volunteers help Katrina-ravaged areas

COLUMBIA — In mid-December 11 Home Works volunteers from Columbia, Greenville, the Isle of Palms, S.C., and Augusta, Ga., traveled to Covington, La., located about 45 minutes northeast of New Orleans. The trip was made possible through the initiative of Bishop Dorsey Henderson of the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina. Both the Episcopal Diocese […]

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