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St. Joseph School dedicates plaque to beloved employee

COLUMBIA — When Jesse Brown started work at St. Joseph School in 1976, Jimmy Carter was president, America was celebrating its bicentennial, and the pope in residence at the Vatican was Pope Paul VI. Over the next 29 years, Brown became a much-loved fixture at the school on Devine Street, embedded in the memories of […]

Vatican expert covers crucial church issues

COLUMBIA — Catholicism’s relationship to Islam, the quest to maintain and restore true “Catholic identity” and the spiritual crisis in Europe are the issues most crucial to the faith right now, according to John L. Allen Jr. The journalist and author, considered one of the world’s foremost experts on the Vatican, was in South Carolina […]

Father Gumula elected abbot of Mepkin

Moncks Corner — Trappistine Father Stanislaus Amil Gumula was elected the fourth abbot of Our Lady of Mepkin Abbey Oct. 29. He was chosen by the abbey’s conventual chapter, the monks who have made solemn profession to the monastic life and to Mepkin Abbey. Abbot Damien Thompson of Gethsemani Abbey, near Louisville, Ky., conducted and […]

Coalition of Compassion hopes to help a wounded Iraqi child

GREENVILLE — A group in the Upstate is hoping to bring comfort and aid to a child wounded in the war in Iraq. The Upstate Coalition of Compassion is an interdenominational group of about 10 people working to bring an injured Iraqi child to South Carolina for medical treatment. The group formed last summer and […]

Annual Catholic Camporee draws more than 300 Scouts

SALUDA — Stewardship and the principles of Scouting go hand in hand, Bishop Robert J. Baker told Scouts at the second annual Diocese of Charleston Catholic Camporee Oct. 13-15. “It is important to realize the gifts you’ve been given, and think about how you can use those gifts to help others,” Bishop Baker said. The […]

St. Anne’s Liturgy Day features prayer, preaching and music

BY LAURA PFIZENMAYER ROCK HILL — Jesuit Father J-Glenn Murray led more than 100 people in a celebration of Liturgy Day at St. Anne Church Nov. 4. The event was a combination of prayer, instruction, old-fashioned preaching and music by the St. Mary Gospel Choir. Liturgy Day was co-sponsored by St. Anne and the Oratory […]

Hispanics maintain Catholic heritage ‘with joy and love’

COLUMBIA — Motorists traveling down Polo Road on the morning of Oct. 21 saw a procession of people dressed in brightly colored clothing, singing a hymn to the Virgin Mary in Spanish and carrying flags that whipped in the wind. It was the opening of the annual Diocese of Charleston Hispanic Heritage Celebration, held at […]

Hispanic group recognizes Pee Dee priest

COLUMBIA — The South Carolina Hispanic/Latino Health Coalition has presented its annual Ramos Excellence in Hispanic Community Service Award to Father ’Rick La Brecque, pastor of St. James Church in Conway and Church of the Resurrection in Loris. The recognition, known as the Abriendo Puertas para Nuestra Gente Award, was given at the coalition’s annual […]

Family still seeks kidney for son

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH — James and Sandra Colantino are still praying for a miracle in the shape of a donated kidney for their son, Christian. Their search started a year ago, with a bulletin item at their church, Our Lady Star of the Sea. Since then, Christian’s story has been told in Catholic and secular […]

A message from the bishop

A message from the bishop November, 2006 My dear brothers and sisters in Christ: For the past few years, I’ve been working with my advisory councils and gathering input on pastoral matters in the diocese. Earlier this year, I asked all Catholics in the diocese to share their reflections on pastoral priorities. I’ve considered all […]

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    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