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Father Lee Selzer thoroughly lived his ministry

CHARLESTON — Father Lee A. Selzer, director of pastoral ministry to the Hispanic community of Charleston, died Aug. 14 after slipping into a diabetic coma. He was 39. The wake and Mass of Christian Burial were held Aug. 17 and 18 respectively at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Burial was at Holy Cross […]

The empty seat: What happens when a bishop is reassigned?

CHARLESTON — Bishop Robert J. Baker’s transfer to the Diocese of Birmingham, Ala., has some people scratching their heads about what happens in South Carolina. It’s business as usual with a few minor changes. When a bishop is assigned to a new diocese or retires, he automatically becomes administrator of his former see until he […]

Back to School: Schools seek to enhance their Catholic identity

CHARLESTON — Hallways that have been silent all summer are once again filled with the voices of children as Catholic schools across the state open their doors to a new year. Notre Dame Sister Julia Hutchison, superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Charleston, said the top priority this year is enhancing the Catholic identity. […]

Back to School: It’s time to build

For over a decade, people have dreamt of building a Catholic high school to serve the Horry/Georgetown county area. Now that dream is solidifying into reality. Bill Meany, one of the project organizers, said the new high school received the go-ahead from Bishop Robert J. Baker and tentative dates have been set for construction to […]

St. John the Beloved Church: Building for community

SUMMERVILLE — St. John the Beloved Church is undergoing a major construction project designed to help the parish become more of a tight-knit and welcoming community. The venture, which started in fall 2006, includes an expansion of the worship space and upgrades to the rest of the church facilities. Seating is being improved, and a […]

Tridentine Mass offered in South Carolina

CHARLESTON — Pope Benedict XVI’s letter on the Tridentine Mass was met with welcome in South Carolina, where the traditional Latin Mass is celebrated in three churches.   Bishop Robert J. Baker granted an indult to celebrate the Tridentine Mass in 2001 to Msgr. Lawrence B.  McInerny, pastor at Stella Maris Church on Sullivan’s Island, […]

Knights’ youth of the year helps Cambodian orphanage

SPARTANBURG — When the Knights of Columbus look for a candidate for their youth of the year award, they look for strength of character and attention to duty. This year, Brendan O’Connell, 14, stood out from all the rest. The rising ninth-grader from St. Paul the Apostle School already had a long list of accomplishments […]

From restaurant reviewer to priest

GREENVILLE — For longtime parishioners at St. Mary Church, Michael Cassabon is somewhat of a legend — just ask his mother, Mary. Deacon Cassabon attended first- through eighth-grade at St. Mary, and according to his mother, on one occasion her son somehow managed to get a pencil eraser stuck in his nose. “He was rushed […]

Finding the ‘write’ vocation

COLUMBIA — Deacon Jeffrey Kirby has a way with words. He has been interested in writing since elementary school, according to family members. During his time in seminary, he has written columns on spiritual subjects that have appeared in the Charleston Post and Courier, the Charlotte Observer and other publications. Plus, his mother Frances Kirby […]

Theological Q&A seeks to answer important questions

 COLUMBIA — At times, being Catholic is a peculiar reality. We can be surprised by the teachings of the church and interested in how things are explained. Doctrinal statements can seem disconnected from every day life, and we want some continuity between our lives and beliefs. By seeking explanations of our beliefs from the church, […]

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