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St. Andrew dedicates community life center

MYRTLE BEACH — Members of St. Andrew Parish celebrated the completion of their new community life center Nov. 20 with a blessing and dedication of the new building. More than 400 people attended a Mass concelebrated by Bishop Robert J. Baker and Msgr. Chet Moczydlowski, pastor of St. Andrew. Parishioners and guests attended a luncheon […]

Diocesan medical mission planned for Guatemala

BY DEACON ED PEITLER A few among the skeptics openly voiced their thoughts by asking, “Why would we send medical personnel to Guatemala?” Implied in the question was, “Why would Catholic Charities organize medical missions to serve the poor in places like Guatemala while the needs of the poor in South Carolina go unaddressed?” But […]

Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital plans expansion

Charleston — Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital is celebrating 10 years in its current location in the West Ashley area, and an upcoming expansion. St. Francis has served the health and medical needs of people in the Lowcountry for more than 120 years. The hospital traces its roots and mission back to 1882, when five […]

Love and mercy focus of Charismatic Conference

COLUMBIA — A small band played a hymn about the Holy Spirit, and many of the men and women in the St. John Neumann School gym closed their eyes and raised their hands to the ceiling in prayer and song. Suddenly, more than a dozen people began an exuberant line dance that ended up circling […]

Junior High Youth Rally puts the pieces together

WHITE OAK — More than 700 junior high boys and girls took part in one of the largest youth rallies held in the diocese in recent years, according to Jerry White, director of youth and young adults ministry for the diocese. They met Nov. 4 for “A Piece of the Puzzle,” a Junior High Youth […]

All Saints Mission dedicated

BY LAURA PFIZENMAYER LAKE WYLIE — A 23-year-old dream for All Saints Mission came to fruition on All Saints’ Day Nov. 1. Bishop Robert J. Baker celebrated the dedication Mass for a new $1.9 million worship center. The Mass was concelebrated by the three Oratorian pastors who have served at the mission: Father Joseph Pearce, […]

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 […]

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