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Youth participation nearly doubles at annual life march

COLUMBIA — Several hundred people from the Diocese of Charleston traveled to Washington, D.C., for the 35th annual March for Life on Jan. 22. The southern contingent joined thousands from around the nation who marched, listened to speakers, and prayed together to show their support for life and opposition to abortion.   The annual event […]

Diocesan administrator’s letter focuses on conscience

Editor’s note: Msgr. Laughlin, the administrator for the Diocese of Charleston,  wrote the following letter, “Conversion of Heart is Necessary for Evangelization,” to South Carolina’s Catholics. Pope Benedict XVI has proclaimed June 29 the feast day of Sts. Peter and Paul, as the start of the Year of St. Paul. This special year, dedicated to […]

Bon Secours-St. Francis celebrates 25th anniversary in Charleston

CHARLESTON — Bon Secours Health System celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. It was in the late 1960s when the Sisters of Bon Secours determined they needed to strengthen their sense of mission and identity for their health care facilities to continue to succeed. Thus began the evolution of Bon Secours into a health system, […]

Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream is alive and progressing

CHARLESTON — The Church of the Nativity, located on James Island, celebrated its 11th Annual Ecumenical Prayer Service commemorating the dream of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 21.   The event featured performances from a variety of local churches. There was entertainment from First Baptist Church choir, St. James Presbyterian Church USA […]

Eight truths every Catholic should know

Editor’s note: This is the first of a series of eight Lenten columns. First truth: Who God is and why we worship him. A while back I had a conversation with a friend on the publicized conversion of a serial killer to the Christian faith. This friend expressed some shock in the person’s conviction that […]

St. Anne makes history as first school to integrate

ROCK HILL — Michelle M. Hatchett, marketing coordinator for St. Anne School, provided the following information. History: St. Anne School was founded by St. Anne parish and The Oratorian priests in 1951. Classes were held in the renovated church rectory with 24 students in kindergarten and first-grade; second-grade was added in 1952. We were the […]

St. John’s small classes benefit those in need

The junior team participates in the Lowcountry LEGO® League QualifyingTournament held at Trident Technical Community College in September.  NORTH CHARLESTON — The following information about St. John School was provided by Carole Anne White, principal. History: St. John School opened its doors to students in September 1949 at the edge of what was then the […]

Oratorians mark 75 years of ‘preparing the way’ in Midlands

ROCK HILL — Long before the civil rights marches of the 1960’s, a group of priests and religious brothers in South Carolina were combating racism out of the spotlight. In 1946, members of The Oratory founded a church in the city’s black community and started youth athletic teams that were barred from white city leagues. […]

Official appointments

The following appointments have been made by Msgr. Martin Laughlin, administrator of the Diocese of Charleston: Father Chet Moczydlowski, administrator, St. Benedict, Mount Pleasant, effective Jan. 10. Father Timothy Gahan, administrator pro tem, St. Andrew, Myrtle Beach, effective Jan. 11 to April 8. Father Henry Kulah, administrator, St. Patrick and Our Lady of Mercy, both […]

Diocese of Charleston seminarian instituted as Reader

ROME — David Nerbun, of the Diocese of Charleston, was one of 45 seminarians at the Pontifical North American College who were instituted into the Ministry of Reader on Jan. 13. Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta celebrated the Mass and instituted the new lectors on the Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord, according […]

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