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St. Peter breaks ground on parish center

COLUMBIA — A new chapter in the history of St. Peter Church began the morning of April 29 as parishioners attended a groundbreaking ceremony for their new parish life center. The new building will replace the outdated Murphy Hall, which has been demolished, and is being funded through $2.8 million raised in 2006 by “Living […]

Crisis planning is critical for parishes, schools

COLUMBIA — Fire, flooding, accidents and injuries aren’t the first things church staff members and volunteers think of as part of their daily jobs, but these incidents can have a significant financial and social impact on an entire parish. Being aware of how to deal with these crises and others was the focus of the […]

Father Jerome Powers dies at age 89

COLUMBIA — Father Jerome Powers, a retired priest of the Diocese of Charleston, died May 1. He was 89. A Christian wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. May 6 at St. Joseph Church, and the Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. May 7, also at St. Joseph. Burial will be […]

Msgr. Roth inducted into firefighters’ hall of fame

CCOLUMBIA — For 23 years, Msgr. Joseph R. Roth has served as the chaplain for the South Carolina Firefighters’ Association, ministering to members and their families around the state. In gratitude for his work, he was inducted, along with three other members, to the association’s Hall of Fame at a banquet held at the Metropolitan […]

Sister Sheila Byrne receives love and appreciation at jubilee

BEAUFORT — Sister Sheila Byrne of the Franciscan Center on St. Helena Island celebrated the 50th anniversary of her profession as a Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia on April 21 surrounded by family, colleagues and friends. At the Golden Jubilee Mass held in her honor at St. Peter Church, Sister Sheila seemed humbled but […]

Former BEHS principal dies

CHARLESTON — Nick Theos, the former principal of Bishop England High School who was an authoritative and compassionate presence in the lives of thousands of students, died April 26. He was 75. The funeral was held April 30 at the Greek Orthodox Church of Holy Trinity. The burial was at Live Oak Memorial Gardens. The […]

Catholic schools focus on safety plans

CHARLESTON — In light of the recent shootings at Virginia Tech, the Office of Catholic Schools has asked each of the Diocese of Charleston’s 34 schools to take immediate safety precautions. Sister of Notre Dame Julia Hutchison, superintendent, sent an e-mail April 20 to principals requesting that each school ensure all access doors are locked […]

CHRP retreat focuses on spiritual renewal

SUMMERVILLE — Members of St. Theresa the Little Flower Church have started on a journey of spiritual formation they hope will lead to greater spiritual growth. Ten women and eight men attended Christ Renews His Parish, also known as CHRP, a two-day program centered around the spiritual renewal of Catholic parishes, on March 23-25. The […]

St. Martin de Porres dedicates new church

COLUMBIA — With singing, prayers, laughter and tears of gratitude, members of St. Martin de Porres Church rejoiced in the dedication of their new church on April 20. Bishop Robert J. Baker celebrated the Mass and the Rite of Dedication that marked the culmination of years of planning and fund-raising for the predominantly African-American parish […]

Local educators attend NCEA convention in Baltimore

CHARLESTON — The National Catholic Education Association convention in Baltimore attracted six principals from South Carolina, plus a number of teachers and diocesan educational leaders. Those who went all agreed that one of the biggest attractions of the convention is the huge variety of break-out sessions that are offered each day. One of those sessions […]

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    Dec 1 Black Catholics Heritage Celebration
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Dec 15 Simbang Gabi for Filipino Catholics
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    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
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