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2008

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 […]


St. Mary is blessed by a long history with sisters

GREENVILLE — Sister Anna Grace Neenan, principal of St. Mary School, provided the following information. History: St. Mary dates back over 107 years to the founding of Sacred Heart Academy by the Ursuline Order of Sisters. In 1930, the present elementary building was constructed and named St. Mary School. Three years later, operation of the […]


Students from across the globe blend at St. Peter

COLUMBIA — Bonnie Bardin, principal of St. Peter, provided the following information.   History: St. Peter School is the oldest continuously running Catholic school in the diocese and the state. It was founded in 1852 by the Ursuline Sisters, who originally ran a separate boarding school for boys and girls at St. Peter parish. Principal: […]


Penny Clements is a ‘pillar in our faith community’

SPARTANBURG — Two years ago, Anita Geigley described Penny Clements as a very smart lady and a woman of faith who was well ahead of her time.   At that time, the 88-year-old Clements was about to be honored by the South Carolina Council of Catholic Women for 53 years of service to the organization. […]


Administrator’s letter: Evangelization begins at home

Editor’s note: Msgr. Laughlin, the administrator for 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: On Feb. 14, the Feast of Sts. Cyril and Methodius — and St. Valentine’s […]


Michael Foley runs a spiritual marathon

GREENVILLE — When Michael P. Foley agreed to substitute for his ailing father at adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on the first Friday in November, he had no idea that it would grow into what his family now calls a “spiritual marathon.” “I usually run the Thanksgiving Day Marathon in Atlanta, so at first I […]


Vocations rally for children prescribes a dose of respect

HILTON HEAD — The students who attended the vocations rally held at St. Francis School recently saw a reality show that was not televised on any major network. The boys and girls saw and heard firsthand from priests and religious sisters, some not long out of school themselves, about what they do, what they like […]


Eight truths every Catholic should know

Editor’s note: This is the third of a series of eight Lenten columns. Third truth: The church as the Body of Christ. In a recent discussion with a family member, the question of church attendance was brought up. This family member told me that it wasn’t important which church a person attended, as long as […]


Eight truths every Catholic should know

Editor’s note: This is the second of a series of eight Lenten columns. Second truth: The Lordship of Jesus Christ In a casual conversation some time ago, a good friend of mine told me that she was looking into Asian religious practices. I was intrigued and asked her to tell me more. As the discussion […]


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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
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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
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    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
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