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Rise to new life with Christ

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, How has your Lenten journey been? Have you entered fully into the three pillars of Lent: prayer, fasting and almsgiving? So often we make great resolutions on Ash Wednesday, only to see that we have not done as well as we had hoped as we approach the end of […]

Religious rally at Supreme Court supports Little Sisters of the Poor

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In a peaceful but vocal show of support for religious freedom, a large group of people stood outside the Supreme Court on March 23, praying and singing. The rally was a mark of solidarity as the Supreme Court heard the case of the Little Sisters of the Poor, who argued that they should be […]

Church in the U.S. to welcome thousands of new Catholics at Easter Vigil

WASHINGTON—Thousands of people across the United States will enter the Catholic Church on Easter Vigil, March 26. Among them, many dioceses are welcoming entire families who, inspired by each other, want to receive the sacraments. The Archdiocese of Baltimore will usher in 292 catechumens and 516 candidates, among them, a 14-year-old parishioner who found her […]

Doing our part to protect our common home, even at work

When it comes to protecting our common home, as Pope Francis urges all to do, your children could probably teach you a thing or two. In fact, at least two schools in the Diocese of Charleston are so knowledgeable about ways to conserve, protect and restore that they’ve been named Certified Green Steps Schools. They […]

Transfiguration renovation to offer a larger, more reverent atmosphere

BLYTHEWOOD—An era of growth has begun at Transfiguration Church. In January, the parish kicked off a capital campaign to raise funds for a new worship space. Currently, Mass is held in one wing of the church’s main building, which is also called the parish life center. The sanctuary seats about 300 people and is often […]

A USO social leads to 70 years of happy marriage

AIKEN—A swimming party hosted by the USO in 1945 changed Donald Darr’s life. Darr, who was in his early 20s at the time, was serving with the Army Air Corps at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah. He attended the social event with the pilot of his flight crew. His friend pointed out one of the […]

Mother Teresa to be canonized Sept. 4; pope sets other sainthood dates

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis will declare Blessed Teresa of Kolkata a saint at the Vatican Sept. 4. The date was announced March 15 during an “ordinary public consistory,” a meeting of the pope, cardinals and promoters of sainthood causes that formally ends the sainthood process. At the same consistory, the pope set June 5 as the […]

Elsie DeRain looks back on 100 years surrounded by people she loves

CHARLESTON—Elsie DeRain has seen 100 years come and go. The Charleston neighborhoods and streets she knew as a child have changed. Relatives and friends have passed away and she describes herself as one of the last members of her family. Yet nothing but gratitude and serenity radiates from her as she sits in a comfortable […]

A small Byzantine mission holds grand tradition

CONWAY- The white building with a wooden cross on the front along S.C. Hwy. 90 may look simple from the outside, but open the doors and you will see a reflection of a special Catholic heritage. Gilded icons and images of the Blessed Mother and Jesus hang on the walls. A gold table and altar […]

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