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St. Anthony parish focuses on health for Filipino community

FLORENCE — St. Anthony Church has formed a special bond with a Catholic church in the Philippines. The Florence parish of about 946 households has become a sister parish to Holy Trinity, a large church that serves 16 small chapels in the Payatas area. Nine of the chapels have especially needy congregations. Payatas is the […]

St. Ann Outreach can expand thanks to new staff

KINGSTREE — Two new Felician Sisters of North America have arrived to help at the St. Ann Catholic Outreach Center. Sisters M. Clarence Borkoski and M. Adrian Jumbelic started a year of service in Kingstree on July 1. They will work with the two resident Felicians, Sisters M. Suzanne Dziedzic and M. Johnna Ciezobka, who […]

El Salvador teaches lesson on meaning of happiness

GREENVILLE — Students from St. Joseph’s Catholic School had an eye-opening experience about the haves and have-nots of the world when they went on a mission trip to El Salvador over the summer. Father Dwight Longenecker, school chaplain, led the journey to the CIDECO community. CIDECO is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families living […]

Lebanese Catholics discover deep roots in church

COLUMBIA — Catholics who trace their heritage back to the nation of Lebanon in the Middle East have a long and rich history in the Diocese of Charleston. Lebanese Catholics have played important roles around the state in the founding of parishes and their early days of growth. Today some of their descendants and newer […]

Grand Strand citizens celebrate saving lives

MYRTLE BEACH — Gail Ferrell will always remember Sept. 19, 2005. That was the day she received a phone call from a man who asked her, “Does the date Dec. 19, 1973, mean anything to you?” Immediately, Ferrell said she knew the caller was the son she had given up for adoption more than 30 […]

Diocese currently has 13 seminarians

CHARLESTON — Thirteen seminarians are studying to become priests in the Diocese of Charleston. Third-year theology: Philip Gillespie, Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, Md.; Artur Przywara, Sts. Cyril and Methodius Seminary, Orchard Lake, Mich.; and Richard Jackson, St. Vincent de Paul Seminary, Boynton Beach, Fla. Second-year theology: Matthew Gray, Mount St. Mary’s; William Hearne, Blessed […]

Jesuit Father Herbert K. Conner dies at age 77

SIMPSONVILLE — Jesuit Father Herbert K. Conner, pastor of St. Mary Magdalene Church, died Aug. 30. He was 77. The Mass of Christian Burial was held Sept. 4 at St. Mary Magdalene Church. The burial will be in Louisiana. Father Conner was born Oct. 30, 1930, in Augusta, Ga., and was the only child of […]

James Walsh, former diocesan finance manager, dies at 78

CHARLESTON — James Walsh, former  financial manager of the Diocese of Charleston, died July 31. He was 78. A Mass of Christian burial was held Aug. 4 at St. Joseph Church, and he was interred at Holy Cross Cemetery. Walsh was born on Sept. 10, 1930, in Buffalo, N.Y., the son of Martha Marie Welsh […]

Rebecca Shafer of Taylors makes her first profession

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Rebecca Shafer made her first profession of vows with the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia on July 28 at the order’s motherhouse in Nashville. She has taken the religious name Sister Gloria Christi, which means glory of Christ. Her  parents, Anne and Jeff, and siblings Andrew and Elizabeth, attended the ceremony, as […]

Priest-poet offers spiritual sonnets

LYMAN — A priest who has served the Diocese of Charleston from the Lowcountry’s coast to the foothills of the Great Smokies has begun a new career in his retirement. Father Charles J. Snopek has become a priest-poet. Father Snopek was ordained in 1986 at the age of 56. Prior to that, he was an […]

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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
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    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
    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
    From the Calendar of Diaconate