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March and Rally for Life: Fight with compassion

COLUMBIA—People took to the streets and crowded the front of the Statehouse Jan. 14 in an annual ritual aimed at ending abortion and euthanasia and promoting the pro-life cause in South Carolina. Organizers estimated the annual Stand Up for Life March and Rally drew about 2,000. Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone offered the opening prayer for […]

New assignments made for churches in Anderson, Simpsonville and Summerville

CHARLESTON—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone announced several priestly appointments on Jan. 13. Father Robert J. Menard, of the Holy Name Province of Franciscan Friars, was named parochial vicar of St. Mary of the Angels Church in Anderson, effective Jan. 10. Father Filip Wodecki was made parochial vicar of St. Mary Magdalene Church in Simpsonville, effective Jan. […]

St. Patrick Church begins celebrating 175 years

CHARLESTON—It takes more than one day to celebrate 175 years. So when the parishioners of St. Patrick Church started planning for their 175th anniversary, they laid out a whole year of celebrations. “It’s a big milestone in the history of the church, so it’s worth giving it a lot of attention,” said Father Henry N. […]

Father Cellini receives papal honor

CHARLESTON—Father Ronald R. Cellini, the Diocese of Charleston’s vicar for priests, has received a papal honor. Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone announced Dec. 23 that Pope Benedict XVI named the priest Chaplain to His Holiness with the title Reverend Monsignor. Msgr. Cellini is a vicar forane and pastor of St. Gregory the Great Church in Bluffton.

Columbia couple heads to Tanzania to work as missionaries

COLUMBIA—Chris and Katie Reid began living out a dream when they boarded a plane Dec. 28 bound for the east African nation of Tanzania. The couple will spend three and a half years there working for Maryknoll Lay Missioners, a Catholic organization that serves poor communities in Asia, Africa and the Americas ( Mrs. Reid […]

Scouts help create a vocation culture

SALUDA—A rustic Boy Scout camp complete with tents, campfire rings and a climbing wall might not seem like a place where youth would think about becoming a priest or religious sister. But vocations were definitely on the minds of Catholic Scouts when they visited Camp Barstow in Saluda County Jan. 6-7.  The young people at […]

Diocese encourages multi-cultural focus for its future priests

The call for vocations in South Carolina is now going out in both English and Spanish. “Bishop [Robert E.] Guglielmone wants an active presence among the Hispanic community in promoting vocations to the priesthood and religious life,” said Father Jeffrey F. Kirby, diocesan vicar for vocations. “There is a massive Hispanic population in South Carolina, […]

Knights of Columbus Assembly 1071 hits 100 years

CHARLESTON—The year was 1911. It was when the cancer virus was discovered, and the Mona Lisa was stolen. William Taft was president, and Catholic apologist G.K. Chesterton penned the bestseller “The Innocence of Father Brown.” It was also the year that the Knights of Columbus Assembly 1071 was formed in Charleston, and named in honor […]

Learning how and why about the faith at seminary

Learning never stops for a seminarian. Men studying to be priests in the Diocese of Charleston spend their days exploring everything from literature and church history to Scripture, philosophy, theology and languages, all part of a curriculum designed to give future priests firm intellectual and spiritual foundations for ministry. Life at the seminary isn’t all […]

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