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2007

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 […]


Adorno clerics ordained to priesthood, diaconate

GOOSE CREEK — Father Liam M. Panganiban and Deacon Melvin I. Avilla shared an important day for the Adorno religious order June 23. Bishop Emeritus David B. Thompson,  of the Diocese of Charleston, ordained Father Panganiban to the priesthood and Deacon Avilla to the transitional diaconate at Immaculate Conception Church. Both men are members of […]


Father Stanley Smolenski takes eremetical vows

KINGSTREE — A dream came true for Father Stanley Smolenski on May 27 when he formally professed evangelical vows that placed him in the eremitic state, meaning he may live as a hermit recognized by the Catholic church. Father Smolenski’s limited ministry as a hermit will be working with people who visit the Shrine of […]


‘They died in service to others’

CHARLESTON — The nine firefighters who died fighting a blaze in a Charleston furniture warehouse were honored at a memorial Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist on June 24. Bishop Robert J. Baker celebrated the liturgy, the lives of those who died and the feast day of St. John the Baptist. “Too […]


Cathedral Girls Chorus readies for Poland

CHARLESTON — The Girls Chorus at the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist are preparing to leave for Poland to sing at the International Congress of Pueri Cantores in Krakow. Pueri Cantores is the official Catholic organization of youth choirs with hundreds of member-choirs in Europe. The Cathedral chorus was one of the first choirs […]


Medical mission to Guatemala, a life-changing trip

BEAUFORT — Fourteen people from South Carolina visited San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala, April 14-21 as part of a medical mission. It was sponsored by  the Office of Social Ministry at the Diocese of Charleston. Medical personnel and others paid their own way or solicited donations to defray the costs of airfare, meals and lodging. They […]


Working toward a determined vocation

CHARLESTON — On July 27, six men will be ordained to the priesthood for service in ministry to the Diocese of Charleston. It is the largest group to be ordained at the same time since 1956. In that year, Bishop William T. Russell ordained nine priests, six of whom were diocesan and three were for […]


Polish deacon hopes to advance the faith

HILTON HEAD — Deacon Jeremi Wodecki’s home country, Poland, is a place where the concept of a priest shortage is unknown. He vividly described the large numbers of priests available in most cities and towns to serve the nation’s overwhelmingly Catholic population. That is why he decided to journey to the United States, a country […]


Garden ecosystem teaches children to bee-lieve

MOUNT PLEASANT — If you build it, they will come. That was the premise behind the construction of a bee house in the fifth-grade garden at Christ Our King-Stella Maris School. Bronwyn Santos, a gardener and naturalist at Christ Our King church, had her husband build the box as the newest edition to the garden, […]


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