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Mass of the Neophytes welcomes new believers

CHARLESTON—Craig Monnell, of North Myrtle Beach, spent a very special evening with his family on April 4. During the Easter Vigil at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, his wife Kim Monnell stood beside him as he became a Catholic. His son Bryan was an altar server at the Mass. For engaged couple Anna […]


Birthright billboards are already saving lives

There’s an old expression that says: If you want to spread the word, put it on a billboard. Birthright of Columbia has done just that. In fact, they’ve taken out five billboards to evangelize their ministry of help and hope for teens and women distressed by an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy, said Hank Chardos, executive […]


Our Lady of La Vang is a quasi-parish with big plans

TAYLORS—Earlier this year, Our Lady of La Vang quietly became the only quasi-parish in the Diocese of Charleston. Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone issued a decree in February stating that the Vietnamese Catholic community of Greenville and Spartanburg Counties has increased significantly and in order to meet their spiritual needs the quasi-parish was formed. The intent […]


Tutor program helps lift up inmates

To an inmate serving a long sentence, earning a GED can be a life-changing achievement. Many men in South Carolina’s correctional institutions, however, are nowhere near that dream because they can’t even read or do math at an eighth grade level. Volunteers with Hope for Literacy, a new interdenominational ministry, hope to change that for […]


Good Shepherd celebrates its 50th

MCCORMICK—Good Shepherd Church celebrated a belated 50th anniversary on April 26 with a picnic, but parishioners have been celebrating their beliefs in the small rural community since the late 1800s. According to a church history, it was the arrival of the McGrath family from County Cork, Ireland, that heralded the Catholic presence. By the early […]


Sacred Heart receives engineering gift from The Citadel

CHARLESTON—Sacred Heart Church is looking for its own form of resurrection in the shape of renovations, both large and small. The inner-city church recently received some guidance in that direction from The Citadel when cadets in its American Society of Civil Engineers chapter presented a completed study to Father Dennis Willey, pastor. The cadets, along […]


Deacons Morgan and Wilson prepare for their ordination

A few months ago, somebody commented to Deacon Richard Wilson that his last semester at seminary should be easy. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Deacon Wilson and Deacon Roger Morgan have been working harder than ever as the clock winds down to the day they will be ordained as priests for the Diocese […]


Hail Mary: Our most gracious advocate

Mary is a vital part of Catholic life all year long, but she really comes to the forefront of worship, thought and prayer as the calendar turns to May. This is the month of special prayers, devotions and festivals dedicated to the Mother of God worldwide. In many churches, traditional “May processions” are held that […]


St. John Neumann families receive St. Thomas Aquinas Scholarships

St. John Neumann School families were honored during a reception and prayer service recently and the school was awarded funds from the St. Thomas Aquinas Scholarship Funding Organization. Students receiving scholarships led a brief prayer service. Following the service, Barbara Cole, principal, was presented a check by Michael Acquilano, director of the South Carolina Catholic […]


Sister Marian Piskurich, former teacher at St. Joseph in Hartsville, dies at 89

COLUMBIA, Pennsylvania—Sister Marian Piskurich, an Adorer of the Blood of Christ, died on April 3 at St. Anne’s Retirement Community. She was 89. The Mass of Christian Burial was held April 9, with burial in the convent cemetery. Sister Marian was born Helen Marie Piskurich on Oct. 28, 1925, in Johnstown, Pa., and was the […]


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    Jul 27 4th National Black Catholic Women's Conference
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Jul 288:30 am Canon Law Course
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Aug 10 Last day of Summer Academy
    From the Calendar of St. Anthony of Padua School Greenville
    8:00 am 2018 Interregional African American Catholic Evangelization Conference
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Aug 17 CORE Training Weekend
    From the Calendar of Youth Ministry
    Aug 1910:00 am Volunteer Workday and Open House Potluck
    From the Calendar of St. John School North Charleston
    Aug 258:00 am Day of Prayer for Deacons
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Sep 1 Daniel Rudd Fund Application Closes
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    10:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Sep 18 National Association of Black Catholic Administrators Annual Meeting
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Oct 13 Diocesan Evangelization Conference
    From the Calendar of Ethnic Ministries
    Oct 278:00 am Day of Continuing Education for Deacons
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Nov 1 Black Catholic History Month
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Nov 1010:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Nov 1210:00 am Junta Diocesana
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Nov 17 Diocese of Charleston Native American Catholic Heritage Celebration
    From the Calendar of Native American Ministry
    Nov 18 Vietnamese Martyrs Celebration
    From the Calendar of Vietnamese Ministry
    Dec 1 Black Catholics Heritage Celebration
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Dec 15 Simbang Gabi for Filipino Catholics
    From the Calendar of Filipino Ministry
    Dec 25 Diocesan Television Christmas Special Fox 21
    From the Calendar of Ethnic Ministries