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Allegation of sexual misconduct of a minor made against Father Hayden Vaverek

CHARLESTON—An allegation of sexual misconduct of a minor dating back more than 15 years has been made against Father Hayden Vaverek, the Diocese of Charleston announced in a press release March 10. Per diocesan policy, Father Vaverek has placed on administrative leave and his priestly faculties withdrawn. Church officials have notified law enforcement authorities about the […]

Room in the inn

One of the details familiar to us about the Christmas story is the fact that Jesus was born in a manger because there was no room for the Holy Family at the inn of Bethlehem. This was probably a logistical reality instead of a prejudiced offense toward the couple. A census was taking place and […]

Bishop makes new appointment for St. Peter

CHARLESTON—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone has made the following appointments: Father Ernest Hepner will become administrator pro tem of St. Peter Church in Columbia, effective Jan. 1, 2013. He will replace Msgr. Leigh A. Lehocky, who will retire. Father Gary S. Linsky, an active duty colonel in the U.S. Air Force, will become the new pastor […]

Local pilgrimage sites designated for Year of Faith plenary indulgence

Pope Benedict XVI has authorized a plenary indulgence to the faithful during the Year of Faith (Oct. 11, 2012 to Nov. 24, 2013 ) when they are truly repentant, duly confessed, communing sacramentally with, and pray according to the intentions of the Holy Father. An indulgence is a remission of the temporal punishment a person […]

Franciscan Sister Bridget McGoldrick dies at 82

ASTON, PA.—Franciscan Sister Bridget McGoldrick, formerly Sister Camillus, died in Assisi House on Dec. 5. She was 82 and had been a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 61 years. The funeral was held Dec. 10 in Assisi House. Burial was in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery. Sister Bridget was born […]

Bishop’s calendar for January

CHARLESTON—The following is Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone’s calendar for January 2013: Jan. 1-5—Bishop away from diocese Jan. 1—10 a.m., Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Folly Beach Jan. 7-11—Retreat for Bishops of Regions IV and XIV, Lutz, Fla. Jan. 10—12:30 p.m., Building and Renovation Committee (BRAC) Meeting Jan. 12—11:30 a.m., SC Citizens for […]

First new diocesan high school in decades breaks ground

BLUFFTON—With a shovelful of dirt, the first diocesan high school to be built in about 40 years came one step closer to reality. Ground was broken for John Paul II in Bluffton on Dec. 12, during a lull in an otherwise stormy day. “It was like God smiled on that moment,” Jacqualine Kasprowski said. “It […]

Msgr. Lehocky leaves a legacy of ecumenism and outreach

COLUMBIA—When Msgr. Leigh Lehocky’s father was stationed at Fort Jackson during World War II, his mother frequently attended Mass at St. Peter Church on Assembly Street while she was expecting his birth. “So in a way, St. Peter was part of my life before I was even born,” said the parish’s longtime pastor. It’s a […]

People & Events

Coastal Council 9475 celebrates 25 years MOUNT PLEASANT—Knights of Columbus Council 9475 celebrated 25 years of service on Dec. 7 at Christ Our King Church. Over 150 Knights, spouses and dignitaries attended. The council has over 250 members. It has raised and donated several hundred thousand dollars to local charities and organizations since its founding […]

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