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The Maronite tradition continues at St. Rafka

GREENVILLE — Father Bartholomew Leon is a priest with the rare distinction of being able to celebrate Mass under two completely different Catholic rites.  He serves as pastor of St. Rafka Maronite Mission in the Upstate, the only place in the Diocese of Charleston where the Maronite rite, with roots in the ancient Middle East, […]


Bishop England voted best private school in area

DANIEL ISLAND — The following information about Bishop England High School was provided by David Held, principal. History: Bishop England was founded in downtown Charleston in 1915. It was named for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston’s first bishop, John England. The school relocated to Daniel Island in 1997.   Principal: David Held. Number of […]


St. Joseph’s Catholic a leader from humble origins

GREENVILLE — The following information about St. Joseph’s Catholic School was provided by Keith Kiser, headmaster. History: St. Joseph’s opened in 1993 with 13 students in a small house donated by a Lutheran Church. Six months later, it moved to a larger facility. In August 2000, Bishop Robert J. Baker recognized St. Joseph’s as a […]


Official appointments for diocesan clergy

CHARLESTON — The following appointments have been made by Msgr. Martin T. Laughlin, administrator of the Diocese of Charleston: Father Anthony Benjamine, administrator, St. Mary Church, Yonges Island; Sts. Frederick & Stephen Mission, Edisto Island, effective Feb. 25. Father Anthony Batung, supply priest, St. Patrick Church, Charleston, effective March 1. Father Christopher Oranyeli, OP, chaplain, […]


OLM outreach receives $500,000 challenge grant

JOHNS ISLAND — The Kresge Foundation recently awarded a $500,000 challenge grant to Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach to help them build their new Wellness House. The sisters of Our Lady of Mercy provide free health, education and outreach services to needy families on Johns, James and Wadmalaw islands.   They recently started a […]


Dioceses recognize April as child abuse prevention month

CHARLESTON — April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Catholics at all levels are being encouraged to learn more about this difficult issue.   The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has developed a resource packet with information and suggestions on how to address the issue of child abuse. It was sent earlier this […]


Black Catholics in antebellum Charleston: Part 1

CHARLESTON — Thanks to the Fundamental Constitutions of the 17th century, colonial South Carolina enjoyed the most tolerant religious policy in North America. Jews, Huguenots, Quakers and other denominations were free to practice their faith. Catholics, however, were not welcome to do so, and African religious forms were suppressed. Not until 1790 did the new […]


A spot of tea might just do the trick for Paulines

CHARLESTON — Few people who pass by the Pauline Books and Media bookstore at 243 King Street realize a peaceful garden, with space for prayer and rest, can be found at the back.  It’s just one part of the multi-faceted facility run by the Daughters of St. Paul, which also includes a chapel, a meeting […]


Chrism Mass a time of renewal

CHARLESTON — Christian life is a series of new beginnings, according to Father Andrew Apostoli, and those renewals can be seen during Advent, Christmas, confession or the beginning of a new church year. Father Apostoli was the homilist for the annual chrism Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist held March 18. He […]


Evangelization conceives new life

Editor’s note: Msgr. Martin T. Laughlin, P.A., the administrator of the Diocese of Charleston, is writing a series of letters — on conscience, love, marriage and family life — for South Carolina Catholics. To all priests, religious and faithful of the Diocese of Charleston: During the Easter season we rejoice in God’s gift of his […]


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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