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2012

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 Per diocesan policy, Father Vaverek has placed on administrative leave and his priestly faculties withdrawn.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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    Jul 1All Day Convocation of Catholic Leaders - Orlando
    From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
    USCCB National Convocation of Catholic Leaders
    From the Calendar of Ethnic Ministries
    Daniel Rudd Fund Application open
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Jul 2 Vietnamese Women's Club
    From the Calendar of Vietnamese Ministry
    Jul 37:00 pm Mariologia #4
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Jul 5 African American and African Young Adult Gathering in Orlando FL
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Jul 6 National Black Catholic Congress XII
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Jul 8 Vietnamese Men's Club
    From the Calendar of Vietnamese Ministry
    Jul 96:00 pm Bishop to say Mass at St. John the Baptist - Charleston
    From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
    Jul 10 High School CLI
    From the Calendar of Youth Ministry
    Jul 1112:05 pm Bishop to say Mass at St. John the Baptist - Charleston
    From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
    2:00 pm Loaves and Fishes Stewardship Webcast
    From the Calendar of Office of Stewardship and Mission Advancement
    Jul 158:30 am Diaconate Formation Class
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Diocese of Charleston St. Kateri Tekakwitha Feast Day Celebration
    From the Calendar of Native American Ministry
    Jul 168:30 am Diaconate Formation Class
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Jul 19 Tekakwitha Conference
    From the Calendar of Native American Ministry
    7:00 pm Junta de Vicaria (Charleston)
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Aug 1 New Youth Minister Boot Camp
    From the Calendar of Youth Ministry
    7:00 pm Doctrina Social #1
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Aug 27:00 pm Doctrina Social #1
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil