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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 […]

Catholic schools welcome five new principals

SOUTH CAROLINA — Students at five diocesan schools will be greeted by new principals this year. Sandra Leatherwood, assistant at the Diocesan Catholic Schools Office, said Summerville Catholic, St. Peter in Beaufort,  and St. Anne in Rock Hill all have new leaders. Blessed Sacrament in Charleston and Nativity on James Island have appointed interim principals. […]

Diocesan schools face tough hurdles

CHARLESTON — Youths across the state packed up their bathing suits and dusted off their alarm clocks as schools opened their doors to a new year.   The Diocese of Charleston has 31 schools and each has its individual goals for the 2008-09 school year, but they also have a number of objectives in common, […]

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 […]

Sister Colleen Waterman celebrates golden jubilee

CHARLESTON — Sister Colleen Waterman, a Franciscan Sister of the Congregation of Our Lady of Lourdes, celebrated her 50th Jubilee at her motherhouse in Rochester, Minn., on June 21. She was one of eight Franciscans who marked their golden jubilee, and each one had 25 guests in attendance. It was a large, festive gathering, Sister […]

Greenville Catholics join community, interfaith effort to aid Iraqi children

GREENVILLE — Catholics in the Upstate have worked successfully with others to bring a second Iraqi child injured in the war to Greenville for medical treatment. Rusul Jalal, 7, arrived in Greenville on July 11 and was operated on at Shriners Hospital for Children July 17. She is the cousin of Salee Allawe, who was […]

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    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
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    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
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