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2007

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 […]


‘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 […]


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 […]


Lowcountry pregnancy center helps mothers and babies stay healthy

HILTON HEAD — Dr. Vera Bailey has outlasted the typical pregnancy center director. She said they usually remain on the job three to five years but she attributes her staying power to a passion to have more healthy mothers and babies in a state that has poor premature birth statistics. “It’s a ministry of the […]


In a time of crisis, RCIA members are there

MOUNT PLEASANT — Andie Dougherty was living the happiest year of her life. She passed her CPA exam, her husband Tom took a new job that allowed him to spend more time with his growing family and their first child was on the way. Nobody saw the gathering clouds. Tom was in the delivery room […]


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 […]


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    Jul 27 4th National Black Catholic Women's Conference
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Jul 288:30 am Canon Law Course
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Aug 10 Last day of Summer Academy
    From the Calendar of St. Anthony of Padua School Greenville
    8:00 am 2018 Interregional African American Catholic Evangelization Conference
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    Aug 17 CORE Training Weekend
    From the Calendar of Youth Ministry
    Aug 1910:00 am Volunteer Workday and Open House Potluck
    From the Calendar of St. John School North Charleston
    Aug 258:00 am Day of Prayer for Deacons
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Sep 1 Daniel Rudd Fund Application Closes
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    10:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Sep 18 National Association of Black Catholic Administrators Annual Meeting
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Oct 13 Diocesan Evangelization Conference
    From the Calendar of Ethnic Ministries
    Oct 278:00 am Day of Continuing Education for Deacons
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Nov 1 Black Catholic History Month
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    Nov 1010:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Nov 1210:00 am Junta Diocesana
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    Nov 17 Diocese of Charleston Native American Catholic Heritage Celebration
    From the Calendar of Native American Ministry
    Nov 18 Vietnamese Martyrs Celebration
    From the Calendar of Vietnamese Ministry
    Dec 1 Black Catholics Heritage Celebration
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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