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Hundreds of couples say ‘I do’ again at marriage celebration

HILTON HEAD ISLAND — More than 300 couples committed to the sacrament of a lifetime, once again, at the sixth annual Marriage Anniversary Celebration held Feb. 12 at St. Francis by the Sea Church. “I enjoy this annual gathering that illustrates that marriage is a sacrament, not just a day but a lifetime,” said Bishop […]

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 […]

Christ Our King Church offers course for couples

MOUNT PLEASANT — In an effort to enrich and promote the Sacrament of Marriage, Christ Our King Church has initiated a program to help people learn about it. The classes are led by licensed marriage and family counselor Louisa Storen. Storen said that the idea came from the successful program used at St. Andrew’s and […]

Amid the bustle of Hilton Head, hermits live life of prayer, solitude

HILTON HEAD — After 80 years and six children, Doris Hadden settled into a new life. She’s a hermit. But she doesn’t live in the woods. Hadden took public vows of poverty, chastity and obedience last year before Bishop Robert J. Baker. A lay Carmelite since 1956, she always felt her spiritual life had yet […]

A Pastoral Invitation to Catholics of South Carolina

In September of 1999, I was ordained and installed as the Twelfth Bishop of the Diocese of Charleston. In the six years since that occasion, I have had the blessed opportunity to travel throughout our diocese, meet thousands of our diocesan families, and witness the strength of faith of the Catholic people of South Carolina. […]

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