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St. Benedict, Habitat for Humanity help family with dream home

MOUNT PLEASANT — Home is where the heart is. For Colene Solomon’s family, it’s where more than 50 people gathered to dig the foundation of her future home. The newly constructed home is possible due to a $50,000 donation from St. Benedict Church to East Cooper Habitat for Humanity. When Solomon and her eight-year-old daughter, […]


Father Edward Mullen, a priest for 35 years, dies at age 82

CHARLESTON — Father Edward F. Mullen, a retired priest of the Diocese of Charleston living at St. Joseph’s Residence, died Jan. 23. He was 82. Edward Francis Mullen was born on Dec. 17, 1925, in New York, N.Y., a son of Matthew and Margaret Boyle Mullen. He was a graduate of Cardinal Hayes High School; […]


Father Howard Coughlin, of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, dies

SIMPSONVILLE — Father Howard L. Coughlin, pastor emeritus of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, died Feb. 17 in his residence. He was 81.            Howard Louis Coughlin was born on Jan. 3, 1927, in Youngstown, Ohio,  a son of Joseph A. and Gertrude Handel Coughlin. He was a graduate of Lincoln High School in Midland, […]


Eight truths every Catholic should know

Editor’s note: This is the fifth of a series of columns Father Jeff Kirby is writing for Lent. Fifth truth: The sacramental workings of Christ. Many of us know people who leave the Catholic Church for one of the newer Protestant megachurches. When asked why, the explanation is often that God never seemed real to […]


Eight truths every Catholic should know

Editor’s note: This is the fourth of a series of eight Lenten columns. Fourth truth: Shepherds in Christ’s Name. A young couple asked me once about the church’s teachings on sexuality and marriage. They were perplexed and wanted some explanation. I referred to the positions of the church as the teachings of Christ. The gentleman […]


Family Honor has new diocesan chastity education program

COLUMBIA — Family Honor, Inc., a Columbia-based chastity education organization, has released a new vision statement outlining plans for furthering its promotion in the Diocese of Charleston.   The statement refers to “Deus Caritas Est (God is Love),” the   encyclical written in 2005 by Pope Benedict XVI, and its description of how sexuality has become […]


Understanding God’s gift: A new vision

Vision statement for chastity education in the Diocese of CharlestonEditor’s Note: The following statement was published as part of Msgr. Martin T. Laughlin’s promotion of chastity and Family Honor programs in the Diocese of Charleston. We are living in the midst of a culture which talks about sex, but doesn’t understand it. We are surrounded […]


Helping parents form their children in virtue

Editor’s Note: This is a letter Msgr. Martin T. Laughlin, administrator of the Diocese of Charleston wrote about Family Honor. To all priests, parish life facilitators, family life coordinators, principals and parents:  During his time in the Diocese of Charleston, Bishop Robert Baker spoke frequently about the importance of families, the benefits of chastity education […]


Christ Our King/Stella Maris expands in size, spirit

MOUNT PLEASANT — The following information about Christ Our King/Stella Maris School was provided by Jean Moschella, principal. History: Founded by Msgr. J. Laurence McLaughlin at the end of the 1940s, Stella Maris School began at Fort Moultrie with 54 students in kindergarten through second-grade. By 1953, it was moved to a new building in […]


Diocesan Rite of Election ceremonies draw over 400

COLUMBIA — More than 400 people from around the Diocese of Charleston took part in Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion ceremonies held Feb. 8-11.   The Piedmont deanery’s service was at Prince of Peace Church in Taylors on Feb. 8;  followed by the Midlands deanery at St. Joseph Church in Columbia on […]


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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