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Lexie Segrest is the new young adult ministry leader

CHARLESTON—In her new role as associate director of young adult ministry, Lexie Segrest wants to help the people she will meet build community and grow in their faith. The Alabama native started work on Jan. 4. Segrest is originally from Montgomery and graduated from Auburn University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in human development […]

Our Lady of Grace becomes a parish

LANCASTER—Eight years after it started as a small Catholic commu­nity, Our Lady of Grace has become a parish. Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone of­ficially erected it to parish status on Dec. 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception. It had been a mission of St. Philip Neri Church in Fort Mill since 2013. Father Jeffrey Kirby […]

U.S. bishops urge Congress to keep health care gains, protect life, conscience rights

WASHINGTON—The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ domestic policy committee said Jan. 18 that a repeal of the federal health care law should not take place without immediate passage of a plan that preserves people’s access to adequate health care and also protects human life, conscience rights and the poor. “Important gains brought about by the […]

Tear down this wall: Ecumenical week focuses on overcoming division

VATICAN CITY—When a group of German Christians was asked in 2014 to prepare materials for the 2017 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, their choice of a “wall” as a symbol of sin, evil and division explicitly referred to the Berlin Wall. The German reflections on the power of prayer to bring down walls and […]

Father JohnBosco Ikemeh works to build a school in Nigeria

  CHARLESTON—Dominican Father Obinna JohnBosco Ikemeh has a vision of helping African children improve their lives through education, but his first hurdle isn’t classrooms or books or even teachers. It’s water. The Nigerian-born priest, who today serves as a chaplain for hospitals at the Medical University of South Carolina, has helped found African Education Outreach […]

Diocese of Charleston 2017 Papal Honors
Eight receive papal honors for putting faith into action

A group of South Carolinians have received papal honors from Pope Francis, according to a letter written by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone in late December. The eight men and women, including three priests, one deacon and one religious sister, went through a lengthy consideration process after being nominated by Bishop Guglielmone. The honors were formally […]

Cardinal DiNardo joins Pope Francis in the call for uniting in love, resisting fear

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a statement in support of Pope Francis’ video message today about National Migration Week. National Migration Week is an opportunity to recognize the contributions of immigrants, refugees, migrants and survivors of human trafficking in our communities as well as to […]

Proudly pro-life: March and rally held despite winter storm

COLUMBIA—The numbers may have been fewer than in years past but well over 200 hearty souls faced frigid temperatures to make a stand. The group of people, led by the Knights of Columbus honor guard, moved from the University of South Carolina’s Russell House on Greene Street to the South Carolina Statehouse on Gervais Street […]

Archbishop Flores of San Antonio, first Hispanic bishop in U.S., dies

SAN ANTONIO—Retired Archbishop Patrick F. Flores, 87, the first Mexican-American bishop in the United States, died of pneumonia and congestive heart failure Jan. 9 at Padua Place Residence for retired priests in San Antonio. The bishop, who dropped out of school to be a migrant farmworker, was known for his support for farmworkers, Mexican-American civil […]

Advocates ask consumers to help improve plight of seafood industry workers

WASHINGTON—Advocates for those who work in the world’s oceans called on consumers to pay attention to the plight of workers who toil on the high seas to make seafood available. “There’s a lot of attention focused on seafood and our diet but not much attention paid to where our seafood comes from. The worker aspect […]

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    Dec 1 Black Catholics Heritage Celebration
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    Dec 15 Simbang Gabi for Filipino Catholics
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    Dec 25 Diocesan Television Christmas Special Fox 21
    From the Calendar of Ethnic Ministries
    Jan 412:00 am Class 2019 Ordination Retreat
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    Jan 812:00 am Retiro Espiritual de Emmaus
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    Jan 1210:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
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    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
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