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The call and the great influence of families

Everyone has heard the saying, “The family that prays together stays together.” Families with strong prayer lives are also the key to nurturing men and women who will go on to serve the church through the priesthood and religious life.

Some orders fade, traditional congregations thrive

Religious orders in the United States are dwindling. Some that once had members in the thousands now have only 100 or so left. South Carolina is feeling the impact, too. Communities such as the Franciscans are losing their presence as older members retire and no one is left to replace them. The Diocese of Charleston’s […]

(Miscellany/Christina Lee Knauss) Brothers Noly N. Berjuega and Giovannie B. Nuñez, both of the Clerics Regular Minor, are from the Philippines. They were ordained transitional deacons at Jesus, Our Risen Savior Church in Spartanburg Dec. 12.
US benefits from global vocations

The Diocese of Charleston has 35 priests serving here from other countries. That may sound like a lot, but it’s fairly compatible with other dioceses in the United States, where one in six Catholic priests come from abroad, and 300 new international priests arrive yearly.

Miscellany/Keith Jacobs
Women’s vocations desperately needed

Now more than ever, the Catholic Church needs women to consider a call to religious life. As the population of religious sisters ages, many communities are seeing a declining membership.

How to educate a seminarian

The faithful are frequently asked to pray for seminarians, but many are in the dark about how the schools operate. Do they live in silence? Do they spend every waking hour in prayer? Is there any time for recreation?

Miscellany/Keith Jacobs
Struggling through discernment

Some priests are born knowing what they want to do with their lives. For others, the road is much harder to find. The toughest obstacle is often choosing between a wife and children or a celibate life devoted to God.

As the Catholic population grows, so will the need for priests

CHARLESTON—The Diocese of Charleston is experiencing a wonderful period of growth. The number of Catholics has climbed to more than 190,000, leading to new churches, missions and schools. But the growth also raises a difficult question: Will there be enough priests to serve the growing diocese?

Miscellany/Deirdre C. Mays
Do you long for more?

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops established a website for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. contains handy guides for parents, tips on encouraging vocations, videos, and many other resources to answer your questions about your vocation. Start here: Does your relationship with God sustain you, enliven you, and invigorate you in such […]

(Miscellany/Christna Lee Knauss) Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone celebrated Mass at the Federal Correctional Institution in Williamsburg on Dec. 24.
Ministry and mercy on Christmas Eve

SALTERS—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone went behind prison walls on Christmas Eve to celebrate Mass for inmates at the Federal Correctional Institution in Williamsburg.

(Photo Provided) Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone and Father Richard B. Tomlinson are pictured with Bishop England students Elizabeth Works and Caitlin Paul Dec. 10.
Caring students bring the food at Bishop England

DANIEL ISLAND—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone and Father Richard B. Tomlinson celebrated the annual Food Drive Mass at Bishop England High School Dec. 10. The food drive helps parishes in the Charleston area feed people in need during Christmas. The Bishop England tradition has been going on for at least 50 years.

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