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Fifty years later, Father Stenson still wants ‘to do some good’

PAWLEYS ISLAND—Fifty years of priesthood has taken Father Patrick Stenson from an island in New Guinea where residents exchanged pigs as wedding gifts to military bases overseas. For 14 years, his role as administrator at Precious Blood of Christ Church on Pawleys Island has been a chance to share the faith and offer food and […]


Put God in the driver’s seat, speaker says at charismatic conference

COLUMBIA—People of faith can accomplish great things if they are willing to put God at the very center of their lives. Father Joseph Romanoski issued that challenge to participants at the annual South Carolina Catholic Charismatic Conference Oct. 25-27 at Our Lady of the Hills Church in Columbia. Father Romanoski, administrator at Blessed Sacrament Church […]


John Hawkins throws cancer out

FOUNTAIN INN—Being a champion has nothing to do with never falling, it has to do with how well you get up after the fall. John Hawkins, 18, is one of those champions. His story of triumphant recovery recently earned him The Inspiration award, presented by the National Guard. He was nominated by a national organization […]


Holy Cross and Holy Trinity get a new look and new life

Big renovation projects are changing the look of two parishes at opposite ends of the state. Holy Cross Church in Pickens is beginning work that will change its entire look and create what members hope will be a more welcoming and sacred atmosphere. Holy Trinity Church in Orangeburg, meanwhile, is completing renovations to the parish […]


Standing up for life on roads may give motorists cause for prayer

Shelley Lindell braved the heat in Aiken on Oct. 6 to stand along a road holding a sign that read “Adoption: The loving option.” She joined hundreds of people across the diocese in the national Life Chain, traditionally held on the first Sunday of October. Participants of all faiths bear witness along busy thoroughfares for […]


Remembering St. Francis’ love for all creatures

Father Edward Fitzgerald, pastor of St. Michael Church in Murrells Inlet, blesses a young parishioner’s dog Oct. 4 on the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. A wide range of species were brought to the church including hermit crabs. Read more about Catholics like you by subscribing to The Catholic Miscellany


Scouting camporee builds faith and friendship

SALUDA—The pinewood derby cars may be made of Legos these days, but there’s still nothing like a good old Scouting camporee to combine faith and fun. About 600 youth and adults from Boy and Girl Scout programs spent their Oct. 4-6 weekend at rustic Camp Barstow in Saluda County practicing their archery, a BB-gun shoot, […]


chapel and conference center drawing
Diocese breaks ground for new chancery building

CHARLESTON—With the push of a shovel, about 130 participants witnessed the historical groundbreaking for the new diocesan pastoral center, which will include a chancery, chapel and conference center. Situated on five acres of marsh front property draped in grand old Oaks, the upcoming pastoral center will consolidate diocesan departments under one roof for the first […]


World Mission Sunday is Oct. 20

On World Mission Sunday, people from all over the globe respond each year with donations so they can help spread the word of God. Even in third world countries, people find a coin for the collection. For those who have nothing — not electricity, not running water — this is a lot, said Helena Moniz, […]


New retreat center and chapel dedicated at Mepkin Abbey

MONCKS CORNER—The monks at Mepkin Abbey broke briefly from their quiet monastic lifestyle to celebrate their new St. Francis Retreat Center and the Father Francis Kline Memorial Chapel. The Aug. 25 dedication included a Mass, musical performance and choirs. Abbot Stanislaus Gumula said the completion of the 16-room retreat center is the fulfillment of a […]


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    Jul 18 Tekakwitha Conference 2018
    From the Calendar of Native American Ministry
    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
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    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