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Deanery realignment turns 5 into 7

The deaneries, geographical parish groupings, in the Diocese of Charleston are getting an overhaul. After careful consideration and planning, the original five deaneries have been adjusted to create seven, with the two additions being carved into the Aiken and Rock Hill areas. Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone, who recently approved the proposal as recommended by the […]


New appointments

CHARLESTON—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone has made the following appointments for priests in the Diocese of Charleston. Effective Feb. 1, 2015: Rev. Ignatius Smith, OFM, is appointed Administrator Pro-Tem at St. Joseph Church and School in Anderson. Effective Feb. 9, 2015: Rev. Marek Sotek, Parochial Vicar at St. Gregory the Great Church in Bluffton, is appointed […]


Ursuline Sister Anthony Wargel dies at 100

LOUISVILLE, KY. —Ursuline Sister Anthony Wargel died Jan. 24 at Mercy Sacred Heart. She was 100. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 30 in the motherhouse chapel with burial in St. Michael Cemetery. She was born in Evansville, Ind., and entered the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville in 1932. She taught school for […]


Trappist Brother Robert Wojciechowski dies at 85

MONCKS CORNER—Trappist Brother Robert Wojciechowski died Jan. 31 at Mepkin Abbey. He was 85. The Mass of Christian Burial and burial were held at the abbey Feb. 7. Brother Robert was born June 19, 1929, in Detroit, Mich., a son of Edward and Wanda Kaspzyk Wojciechowski. He entered Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky on Dec. 17, […]


A new era for St. Mary Help of Christians

AIKEN—A fresh era for the faithful in Aiken started with the dedication of the new St. Mary Help of Christians Church on Feb. 2. The larger church is much needed and a long-time dream come true. Parishioners at St. Mary Help of Christians have been attending Mass in the family life center at nearby St. […]


‘Catholic Day at the Capitol’ promotes loud voice of faith

COLUMBIA—The first “Catholic Day at the Capitol” offered the chance to learn how faith plays a role in the political process. The event on Jan. 28 started with Mass celebrated by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone at St. Joseph Church. The crowd of almost 200 then moved to a building on the Statehouse grounds, where a […]


‘End the scourge of abortion,’ speaker says

WASHINGTON—Thousands of people gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 22 for the annual March for Life. This year marked the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion virtually on demand. Tens of thousands gathered first to hear a lineup of speakers before marching from the […]


Priest appointments

CHARLESTON—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone has made appointments for the following five priests in the Diocese of Charleston: Father Marcin Zahuta, chaplain for the St. Thomas More Center in Columbia, was appointed as pastor, effective Jan. 1. Father Mark S. Good, in addition to his duties as administrator of St. Mary Church on Yonges Island and […]


Give a nod to the flu instead of a handshake

If you’re at Mass and people don’t shake hands during the sign of peace or the chalice is not offered at Communion, don’t be offended. It’s probably part of the battle against a particularly nasty flu season this year. Several parishes in the diocese have already suspended use of the chalice and the sign of […]


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