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2017

Williams prepares for ordination to the transitional diaconate

Rhett Williams will move a big step closer to the priesthood when he is ordained to the transitional diacon­ate on May 26 at St. Joseph Church in Columbia. After his ordina­tion, he will be allowed to give homilies, proclaim the Gospel, baptize, assist during the lit­urgy and witness a marriage outside Mass. The Charleston native […]


Fatima: Our Lady’s response to the pope’s request

Few realize that the Fatima 1917 apparitions, whose centenary we are celebrating with a diocesan Year of Mary, occurred as a response to the plea of Pope Benedict XV. He had volunteered to mediate peace terms between the belligerent par­ties of World War I but was rejected. Consequently, the pope turned to the Church on […]


Was Mary ever-virgin?

Q: Why is the Catholic Church competing with other religions in turning the Mass into a Broadway musical performance where everything is sung? (Columbia, SC) A: Well, truth be told: if we were shooting for a Broadway musical, I think we’d be missing the mark most days! Have you heard Catholics trying to sing? But […]


Two students receive scholarships to St. Joseph’s Catholic

GREENVILLE—Rising ninth-graders Jessica Gerac and Sara Gushue were recently selected as the recipients of the St. Joseph’s Scholar Award. The annual scholarship is given to two incoming freshmen for academic excellence. Both are eighth-graders at St. Joseph’s Catholic School. Jessica is the daughter of Jeff and Samantha Gerac of Greenville and is a member of […]


The diocese has its titans

Anyone who has toured or lived in New York City will recall its bulky bronze sculpture of Atlas holding up the world. It occupies the gateway to Rockefeller Center on Fifth Avenue, on the other side of the street from St. Patrick’s Cathedral. New York has its monument to mythology, but we in the Diocese […]


Dennis Perea wins American Legion’s Outstanding Boy Scout Award

AIKEN—Dennis Perea recently won the 2017 American Legion Department of South Carolina Outstanding Boy Scout Award. American Legion Post 212 of Aiken nominated him. The statewide competition evaluates Scouts’ leadership skills, service to the church and community, high school achievements, academic rank, and letters of recommendation from community leaders. The award, plus a scholarship check, […]


St. Anne high school students to move into their own building

FORT MILL—When St. Anne first expanded to include high school stu­dents just three years ago, they had no idea how quickly they’d grow or what changes they would see. The biggest change will be realized at the start of the 2017-2018 school year, when the high schoolers will move into their very own building on […]


Catholic Charities takes the helm of Gloverville outreach center

GLOVERVILLE—The Daughters of Chari­ty of St. Vincent de Paul have left the small Aiken County town of Glover­ville, where they helped people for 40 years, but the programs they ran will continue. Catholic Charities has taken over administration of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Center, where the Daughters had served since 1977. The center […]


Franciscan Sister Helen Chatterton dies at age 89

ROCHESTER, MINN.—Sister Helen Chat­terton, a Franciscan Sister of the Congregation of Our Lady of Lourdes, died at Assisi Heights on April 27. She was 89. The funeral was held May 3 in As­sisi Heights. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery in Rochester. Sister Helen was born to Milton Charles and Marie Chatterton on July 27, 1927, […]


Black Catholics contemplate new ways to share the faith

COLUMBIA—Participants at the Black Catholic Day of Reflection contem­plated the past, and considered new ways to share their faith and strengthen the community. The event, held April 29 at St. Martin de Porres Church, drew 52 people, many of them members of historically black parishes. Much of the discussion during the day focused on the […]


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    Jun 287:00 pm Mariologia #4
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    Jul 1All Day Convocation of Catholic Leaders - Orlando
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    USCCB National Convocation of Catholic Leaders
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    Daniel Rudd Fund Application open
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    Jul 2 Vietnamese Women's Club
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    Jul 37:00 pm Mariologia #4
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    Jul 5 African American and African Young Adult Gathering in Orlando FL
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    Jul 6 National Black Catholic Congress XII
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    Jul 10 High School CLI
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    Jul 158:30 am Diaconate Formation Class
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    Jul 168:30 am Diaconate Formation Class
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    Jul 19 Tekakwitha Conference
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