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(Miscellany/Deirdre C. Mays) David Bereit, the national director of 40 Days for Life, delivers a speech Oct. 22 in front of the Charleston Women’s Medical Center to buoy the local movement.
Guns and alarms can’t silence pro-life vigil

CHARLESTON—David Bereit, the national director of 40 Days for Life, made an unplanned visit Oct. 22 to support the pro-life prayer volunteers who were recently threatened by a doctor who pointed a loaded handgun at them outside the Charleston Women’s Medical Center.

(Courtesy/Be Not Afraid) Lisa and Sean Karleski made the most of the precious time they had with their daughter Hailey Grace before her birth. Their baby was diagnosed with a fatal chromosome disorder.
Why continue with a fatally diagnosed pregnancy?

The Be Not Afraid program for the Diocese of Charleston is slowly coming together. Kathy Schmugge, assistant director of the family life office, said she is assembling a team of deanery coordinators and volunteers who will help parents cope with devastating prenatal news and support them as they continue the pregnancy.  

(Miscellany/Deirdre C. Mays) Dr. Hiep Phan, medical director of geriatric and palliative care at Greenville Memorial Hospital, introduces himself at the guild meeting Oct. 23. The Catholic Medical Guild is designed to support health care workers in their faith.
Catholic health care workers foster support network

CHARLESTON—A group of 50 Catholic physicians, nurses and other health care workers spent Oct. 23 celebrating their faith and profession during the first annual diocesan White Mass and luncheon held at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. The Mass, which takes its name from the conventional color worn by health care workers, is a […]

St. Lawrence Cemetery (Miscellany/Amy Wise Taylor)
The living honor the dead on All Souls

CHARLESTON—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone will celebrate All Souls Day with a special Mass at St. Lawrence Cemetery on Nov. 2 at 11 a.m. This marks the second year that the bishop has honored the day set aside by the church to remember and pray for our deceased loved ones. Bishop Guglielmone has said he hopes […]

School shooting the impetus for counseling program

GARDEN CITY—A  frightening incident at a Horry County school prompted the youth leader at St. Michael Church to put a special crisis-counseling program into action. On Sept. 21, a 14-year-old student at Socastee High School was arrested for allegedly shooting at a police officer and bringing two pipe bombs to the campus. Students and teachers […]

(Photo provided) A family places a butterfly on a tree as a symbol of their loss of a baby during Bon the annual Walk to Remember and Memorial Service Oct. 17 in Greenville.
Families grieve infant loss in A Walk to Remember

GREENVILLE—When a couple loses an infant, their grief needs to be recognized. October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month and Bon Secours St. Francis Health System hosted Greenville’s annual Walk to Remember and Memorial Service Oct. 17 to do just that. The event is for parents, family, friends and professional caregivers whose lives […]

Seminary Admissions Board formed to assure good candidates

COLUMBIA—A small group of priests, women religious, deacons and lay people has a new role to play in evaluating the men who wish to become priests for the Diocese of Charleston. Seminary applicants will now be evaluated by an 11-member admissions committee led by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone. Father Jeffrey F. Kirby, vicar for vocations […]

Diocesean nondiscriminatory school policy

The Diocese of Charleston nondiscriminatory school policy The schools in the Diocese of Charleston admit qualified students of any race, color, national origin, sex, or disability to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to the students at the schools.

(Courtesy/Aaron Joseph) Steve Wood, founder of the St. Joseph Covenant Keepers, stands next to the icon of Our Lady of South Carolina during his talk at the eighth annual Diocesan Rosary Celebration held in Hilton Head Oct. 10.
St. Joseph’s role featured at rosary celebration

HILTON HEAD—As a man who experienced life’s anxieties and struggles, St. Joseph is the kind of father, husband and role model who is relevant to every family, according to Steve Wood, founder and director of Family Life Center International and St. Joseph Covenant Keepers.

(Courtesy/Be Not Afraid) Lisa Karleski holds baby Skylar in the hospital. Karleski, who also experienced a stillbirth, was there to support another mother through the Be Not Afraid program.
Be Not Afraid: Healing and hope are possible

Lisa Karleski said her daughter, Hailey Grace, had a very specific purpose, and that was to let people know that all babies need someone to stand up for them. When Karleski found out she was pregnant, she was shocked. Her youngest son was 16, and she thought he was the last.

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