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Grove to support student leaders

CHARLESTON —The Diocese of Charleston has a new director of campus ministry. Jim Grove, from Newark, Ohio, arrived on the job Sept. 27 and has been acclimating himself to his surroundings and all the people with whom he will work. Grove said in addition to the diocese, he will also serve as campus minister for […]

Youth are called to help fill food pantry shelves

The challenge has been made, and youth groups are stepping up to the pantry door to respond. Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone recently supported the second competition to collect food for those in need. This time he is calling on youth in all the churches to collect boxed and canned food to help an outreach in […]

Military ministry formed at St. Mary Magdalene

SIMPSONVILLE—St. Mary Magdalene Church has formed a new ministry for military personnel. The Knights of Columbus Council 10819 Fourth Degree Holy Spirit Assembly 2890 has assumed responsibility for the program at the request of Father Teofilo Trujillo, pastor of St. Mary Magdalene and a member of the council.

Author fights to publish modern Catholic fiction

FLORENCE—Michelle Buckman has waited 20 years for the chance to express her Catholic faith in novels. Her dream came true this year with the publication of two books. Buckman said this step into Catholic fiction is a huge reason for celebration by all the faithful — writers, publishers and readers — because of the long […]

Men’s discernment retreat focuses on diocesan priesthood

A vocations discernment retreat for men was held Sept. 24-26 at White Oak Conference Center in rural Fairfield County. It was sponsored by the Diocese of Charleston Office of Vocations, and provided opportunities to pray together and in solitude, attend Mass, and receive the sacrament of reconciliation.

Father Leonard
Father William F. Leonard dies at 67

SUMMERVILLE—Father William F. Leonard, former administrator of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in North Charleston, died Sept. 26. The funeral Mass was held Sept. 29 at St. Thomas the Apostle and burial was in Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Springfield, Pa.

Teacher in Ghana
Teacher working in Ghana has personal faith journey

DILLON—Joan Rocha’s passion for teaching and faith in God recently led her to leave behind the familiar surroundings of local public schools in exchange for crowded classrooms in West Africa.  Rocha is a Dillon native who volunteers as a pianist at St. Louis Church and Church of the Infant Jesus Mission in Marion. She returned […]

Staples talk
Staples tackles politics, pro-life, faith questions

CHAPIN—Tim Staples does not mince words. The apologist for Catholic Answers told a crowd of more than 300 people at Our Lady of the Lake Church there are five non-negotiables that no true Catholic can support at any time during political elections: abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, cloning and same-sex marriage.

40 Days
Fertility is not a disease, Father Habiger says

CHARLESTON—Father Matthew Habiger, OSB, kicked off the 40 Days for Life vigil for the Lowcountry Sept. 24 across from The Charleston Women’s Medical Center on Ashley River Road. The Benedictine is a frequent host and guest on EWTN. He spoke about the contraceptive pill, which he referred to as the root cause of the culture […]

Steve Wood
Covenant Keepers founder to speak at rosary event Oct. 10

HILTON HEAD—Steve Wood will be the featured speaker at the eighth annual Diocesan Rosary Celebration Oct. 10 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Francis by the Sea Church, 45 Beach City Road. The event will include the rosary and Mass celebrated by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone. The theme is “St. Joseph in Our Day.”

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