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Keeping up interest, involvement in Catholic schools

COLUMBIA — The future of Catholic schools depends on spreading the word about the educational excellence they offer.   That was the core message delivered by the keynote speaker at the Diocese of Charleston principals’ meeting held Aug. 6 at St. John Neumann School in Columbia. About 40 school representatives attended.   Jay Gould is […]

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 […]

Catholic community on the rise in Indian Land

ROCK HILL — A rapidly growing, new Catholic community has formed in Indian Land, an area of Lancaster County that also is one of the fastest growing regions in the state.   Many Catholic retirees are moving to Sun City Carolina Lakes and other subdivisions popping up along U.S. Highway 521 in the Indian Land […]

Dominicans work in the heart of the Edisto Indians

RIDGEVILLE — For 32 years, two Adrian Dominican sisters have reached out to a Native American community in rural Dorchester County.   Sisters Mary Lequier and Carol Dulka live in a small house off S.C. Highway 61 in the town of Ridgeville. It is in the heart of the Edisto Indian community, where they work […]

Local youths make a fun, spiritual trek to WYD

SYDNEY, Australia — People think of the Olympics as a world-unifying event, but it pales in comparison to World Youth Day. It is estimated that about 96,000 people attended the opening ceremony of the Olympics, while more than 400,000 pilgrims trekked to World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney, Australia, in July, according to the WYD […]

Local doctor volunteers to ‘let others see Christ’

COLUMBIA — Dr. Todd Crump offers one simple prayer before he begins his work each day: “Lord, let me see Christ in others, and let others see Christ in me.”   Crump, 39, is medical director of the Free Medical Clinic in Columbia, which provides primary care, medication and other services to people in need. […]

Sparrows land and sing at St. Mary Magdalene

SIMPSONVILLE — The crowd loved the rhythms of the traditional Negro spirituals and they loved the beautiful sounds of Haydn’s Mass of “St. Jean de Dieu,” but when the boys sung Danny Boy with a French accent, featuring an 8-year-old soprano soloist, that brought the house down. And what a house it was. About 1,200 […]

First Year: Newly ordained adjust to life as priests

The day-to-day lives of Catholic priests are often unpredictable, with new challenges and assignments that arise without warning. Parishioners need guidance or counseling, a Scripture study class needs a teacher, a baby needs baptizing. This was true of the first year of service for four of the priests ordained for the Diocese of Charleston on […]

Official appointments for the Diocese of Charleston

CHARLESTON — The following appointments have been made by Msgr. Martin T. Laughlin, administrator of the Diocese of Charleston: Father Jesuprathap Narichetti, administrator, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Folly Beach, effective Aug. 7; Father Gerald Lutz, administrator, St. Anthony, Ridgeland; St. Mary Mission, Hampton; and Spanish ministry, St. Gregory the Great, Bluffton, effective Aug. 20; […]

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    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
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Nov 1010:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Nov 1210:00 am Junta Diocesana
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    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