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Prison ministry benefits the inmates and the volunteers

BISHOPVILLE—An inmate at Lee Correctional Institution had a life-changing experience on April 9. Thanks to six dedicated volunteers from the Sumter Catholic Community, he was confirmed by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone and became a Catholic. It was the bishop’s first visit to that facility, but is familiar ground for the prison ministry group. These volunteers […]


St. Clare of Assisi sees a lot of progress in its year as a parish

DANIEL ISLAND—St. Clare of Assisi parish turned 1 year old in April, celebrating as it began with a large and joyous Easter Sunday Mass. One of the differences that a year has made is the addition of about 500 people. Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone announced the establishment of the parish in January 2014, and approved […]


Sisters of the Disciples of Christ work to build bridges

BLUFFTON—Prayers and hymns chanted and sung in Spanish echoed from a room at St. Gregory the Great Church. Inside, four women wearing green dresses and black veils alternately stood and kneeled before a cross as they completed the midday prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours. With their prayer complete, the four walked out under […]


Prayer challenge accepted

The students of St. Andrew School have committed to pray — along with their families — for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Participating students will take home a tangible reminder to focus their prayer — the younger students have a prayer bear, while the older students carry home a consecrated […]


Pope says Year of Mercy will be time to heal, to help, to forgive

VATICAN CITY—Mercy is what makes God perfect and all-powerful, Pope Francis said in his document officially proclaiming the 2015-2016 extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy. “If God limited himself to only justice, he would cease to be God, and would instead be like human beings who ask merely that the law be respected,” the pope wrote […]


Ethical dilemmas are a minefield for Catholic healthcare providers

About a year ago, Dr. Peter Bleyer of Longs left family practice and moved into the field of wound care because he did not want to face the minefield of ethical dilemmas that pitted his Catholic faith and values against the whims of a secular, consumerist culture. “The Catholic model for medicine is not what […]


Mary Louise Hudson retires from HR with a greater faith

CHARLESTON—Mary Louise Hudson will begin a new chapter in her life this month when she retires from her job as diocesan director of human resources. Her last day is April 10. Hudson came to the Diocese of Charleston in 2000 after she saw an ad for the position in the newspaper. She has worked with […]


Religious objections to immunization are not accepted at Catholic schools

A recent outbreak of the measles in the United States has brought the controversy over immunizations to the forefront again, and the Church is clear in its position on the matter. In a nutshell, parents can decline immunization, but not on the basis of Catholic religious principals. The argument stems from the fact that there […]


Mass of the Oils: God expects priests to do their best, bishop says

CHARLESTON—Through voices raised together in prayer and the renewal of vows, more than 120 priests offered a moving testament to their lives of service and ministry on March 31. The annual chrism Mass, held at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, is traditionally celebrated on the Tuesday of Holy Week. It is a time […]


Parishes using more apps to help members stay in touch

Stephanie Stewart is pretty excited that the Church is joining the 21st century of social media technology. Recently Stewart, who is executive assistant to the rector at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston, introduced a new app to parishioners that will help them stay connected to parish life, and even held tutorial […]


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