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2017

Hurricane Irma sends floodwaters surging through S.C.

Hurricane Irma’s deadly and destructive march through Florida and parts of the Southeast caused massive floods around South Carolina, along with tornado and wind damage, and left thousands of people without power. The storm also claimed the lives of four people in the state, including a City of Columbia employee who was in a car […]


Robert Keeder receives Boys Town honor

COLUMBIA—Robert Keeder was a teenager in 1960 when a nun took him and his younger brother, David, to a train station for a journey that would change his life. Their mother had died and their father was unable to care for them, and the boys had aged out of a Catholic orphanage in Michigan. They […]


U.S. bishops call on Catholic faithful to urge Congress to pass DREAM Act

WASHINGTON—The Executive Committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a statement asking the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to extend DACA renewal deadlines in hurricane impacted states. The statement also urges Congress to find a durable and permanent solution on behalf of DACA youth and urges the administration to allow 75,000 refugee admissions […]


Church leaders pray for victims of quake and hurricane in Mexico

CARTAGENA, Colombia—Church leaders prayed for Mexicans and Guatemalans affected by the magnitude 8.1 earthquake that struck the Pacific Coast. At the end of Mass in Villavicencio, Colombia, Sept. 8, Pope Francis prayed “for all the people who are suffering because of the earthquake last night in Mexico.” In an early morning tweet, the Mexican bishops’ […]


Life as a chaplain requires some juggling for priests

COLUMBIA—On an early Sunday morning in August, Father S. Matthew Gray told the congregation attending Mass in St. Joseph Church that he wouldn’t be seeing them for several weeks. Unlike many people during late summer, he was not headed off for a much-needed vacation or for a spiritual retreat or sabbatical. Instead, Father Gray was […]


Irma weakens at it heads north, but leaves path of destruction

MIAMI—A weakened Hurricane Irma churned in Florida after ripping through southern portions of the state and the Caribbean islands, flooding cities, knocking out power to millions, destroying homes and businesses and killing more than 20 people. The massive hurricane, which dwindled to a tropical storm as it neared the Florida-Georgia line early Sept. 11, was […]


A Day of Hope helps students, shares the message of Jesus’ love

MYRTLE BEACH—More than 200 children and their families received some much needed help and a message of God’s love on a recent Saturday along the Grand Strand. At the YMCA of Myrtle Beach on Aug. 12, staff members from Catholic Charities and volunteers from local churches, businesses and the community participated in A Day of […]


Women religious sign copies of their books

CHARLESTON—A book-signing event was hosted by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone for a group of religious sisters who are also published authors from the Diocese of Charleston. Holding up copies of some of their works are (from left) Sister Margaret Kerry, Pious Daughters of St. Paul; Sister Pamela Smith, Sisters of Sts. Cyril and Methodius; and […]


Irma cuts deadly path in Caribbean as church officials prepare response

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti—Hurricane Irma cut a deadly path through the Caribbean, leveling entire islands as it moved toward Florida Sept. 7, while Haiti prepared for a potential disaster. Whipping winds of up to 185 mph, dropping a foot or more of rain and causing potentially life-threatening storm surges, Irma posed a particularly grave risk to disaster-prone […]


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Pope Francis tells Colombians to defend peace, rallies youth to help elders forgive

BOGOTA, Colombia—Consolidating peace in Colombia will mean overcoming “the darkness” of inequality and a lack of respect for human life, Pope Francis said. “Here, as in other places, there is a thick darkness which threatens and destroys life,” the pope said in his homily at a late-afternoon Mass Sept. 7 in Bogota’s Simon Bolivar Park. […]


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    Oct 20All Day Teacher Workday
    From the Calendar of Bishop England Charleston
    7:00 pm Mision y Correspons. #2
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    7:00 pm Bishop presiding Confirmation - Our Lady of the Rosary - Greenville
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    Oct 218:30 am Diaconate Formation Class
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    Diocese of Charleston Native American Catholic Heritage Celebration
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    12:00 pm Native American Heritage Celebration - Our Lady of the Rosary- Mass at noon followed by luncheon
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    Oct 228:30 am Diaconate Formation Class
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    2:00 pm Permanent Diaconate Ordination
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    Oct 23 End of 1 Qtr. ( 45 days)
    From the Calendar of St. Michael School Murrells Inlet
    Red Ribbon Week
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    NO SCHOOL - Fall Break
    From the Calendar of St. Mary School Greenville
    Early Dismissal
    From the Calendar of St. Peter School Columbia
    2:00 Dismissal
    From the Calendar of St. Joseph School Columbia
    Red Ribbon Week
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    Faculty In-service
    From the Calendar of St. Martin de Porres School Columbia
    Faculty In-service
    From the Calendar of St. John Neumann School Columbia
    End of 1st Nine Weeks
    From the Calendar of St. Anthony School Florence
    Book Fair
    From the Calendar of Holy Trinity North Myrtle Beach
    Quarter 2 Begins
    From the Calendar of Christ Our King Mount Pleasant
    7:00 pm Mision y Correspons. #1
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