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Vercellotti’s quiet persistence is faith in action

PAWLEYS ISLAND—When Len Vercellotti was a boy growing up in Illinois, he would peer longingly into a cedar chest where his father Joseph, a fourth degree Knight of Columbus, stored his sword and regalia. He fondly remembers the charitable work his dad did with the fraternal organization, and spending Saturdays at the local Knights’ hall […]


Kneeling before love’s fire

Christianity is often viewed as outdated. Admittedly, from unusual musical chant to burning incense, the Mass looks at times like something that has been dropped onto planet Earth from another world. At the heart of the criticism is the false premise that suddenly everything that ever happened before was incorrect and everything new is enlightened. […]


Secret videos of Planned Parenthood are an eye-opener

Five videos that show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of fetal tissue from abortions for medical research have unleashed a storm of controversy nationwide and in South Carolina. Shortly after the videos went public in mid-July, protests erupted outside the agency’s offices around the country. Religious leaders denounced how heartless the officials’ remarks were, […]


New pastoral center to better serve the diocese

CHARLESTON—Boxes are piled high on desks, tables and floor space as employees in the Charleston-area offices of the diocese prepare to move onto their new campus. The move is scheduled for the week of Aug. 17 and will be followed by a grand opening celebration in September to mark the momentous occasion. It is a […]


National joint religious conference meets in Charleston

CHARLESTON—When Sister Mary Antona Ebo joined the Franciscan Sisters of Mary in 1946, she was one of the order’s first black members. In the early ’60s, she brought a Catholic voice to the civil rights movement when she and other women religious marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, Ala., and her words were […]


Fresh produce distribution brings out the best at St. Cyprian

GEORGETOWN—About 232 families went home with fresh fruit and produce after a food distribution effort at St. Cyprian Church July 16. The give-away was a partnership between the church and Catholic Charities’ Pee Dee Office. “It was a wonderful initiative,” said Vincentian Sister Madeline Kavanagh, parish life facilitator. “There was a beautiful spirit among the […]


Overseas aid can make all the difference, coalition representative says

Foreign aid can be a touchy subject, even among devout Christians. The oft-heard argument about it is why the U.S. government would send money to other countries when there is an obvious need in our own back yard. The reality is, however, that a very small portion of federal money is spent to help people […]


Six couples marry at once in Jesus, Our Risen Savior Church

SPARTANBURG—It was “I do!” times 12 at Jesus, Our Risen Savior Church. Six couples, all members of the same family, were married July 18 in a special wedding ceremony celebrated by Adorno Father Frank Palmieri, the pastor. The couples filed into the church as classical music played and sat in the front rows, which were […]


St. Clare of Assisi Parish to build on Bishop England campus

DANIEL ISLAND—After much searching, St. Clare of Assisi Parish announced that its future church will be built on the diocesan property of Bishop England High School campus. Father Gregory West, pastor, said they started looking at the BE campus after negotiations for another piece of property collapsed. That parcel — 15 acres at the I-526 […]


Eagle Scout project a refreshing addition at Neighborhood House

CHARLESTON—As anyone who walks outside knows, the city is a brutally hot place right now, with temperatures in the high 90s and a heat index of 105 or more. Neighborhood House Community Outreach has long been concerned about how people in its area cope with possible overheating and dehydration, especially those with no way to […]


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    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
    Jan 412:00 am Class 2019 Ordination Retreat
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Jan 812:00 am Retiro Espiritual de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Jan 1210:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
    From the Calendar of Diaconate