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World Youth Day 2013 has a big impact on SC attendees

South Carolina’s pilgrims have returned from World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, bringing home indelible memories and a very real sense of their role as Christ’s messengers. Forty-seven young people and adults from the Diocese of Charleston made the journey to Rio. The Upstate was represented by large groups from St. Mary Magdalene Church […]


Camp helps youth with illnesses experience magic of childhood

CHARLESTON—This summer, Camp Rise Above successfully reached the second stage of its “impossible dream.” In partnership with Charleston County Parks and Recreation, the group offered four two-day sessions of summer camp to children who, before, only dreamt about it. Barbara Denton, co-founder, said their first-ever summer sessions provided a true camper’s experience to children struggling […]


Furry friends provide comfort in Pet Partners

FORT MILL—David Eggert knows how much love dogs have to give. He sees it when he takes his rescue dog Reba to visit shut-ins or residents at Fort Mill area nursing homes. That’s why he organized Pet Partners, a new program at St. Philip Neri Church that offers the sick, lonely and elderly a chance […]


Historic lumber recovered for St. James in Walterboro

WALTERBORO—Good news is the word for St. James the Greater in Catholic Hill. Father Jeffrey A. Kendall, pastor of the mission and St. Anthony Church in Walterboro, said the historic heart pine wood that was stolen recently has been returned. Tips led to the location of the 140-year-old lumber, which was left by the side […]


Sister Elizabeth Bain, former Bishop England teacher, dies at age 76

BALTIMORE, MD.—Sister Elizabeth Lyons Bain, of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, a former educator, died on July 21 at Maria Health Care Center. She was 76. The Mass of Christian burial was held July 25 in Villa Assumpta chapel. Burial was at Villa Maria Cemetery in Glen Arm. Sister Elizabeth was one of 10 […]


Southern reps attend child safety conference

CHARLESTON—The Diocese of Charleston’s charter for the protection of children will undergo some important updates in its next revision, according to Bonnie Sigers, safe environment manager. A group of representatives from each of the dioceses in the Southern province recently attended a conference sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in San Francisco addressing […]


Priest appointment: Bluffton

CHARLESTON—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone made the following appointment, effective June 7. Father James Renaurd West, recently ordained to the priesthood, was appointed as parochial vicar at St. Gregory the Great Church in Bluffton.


‘Who am I to judge?’ Pope’s remarks do not change church teaching

By Cindy Wooden | Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When Pope Francis told reporters July 28, “Who am I to judge” a homosexual person, he was emphasizing a part of Catholic teaching often overlooked by the media and misunderstood by many people. In the words of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the […]


Priests’ appointments: Columbia, Charleston, Rock Hill

CHARLESTON — Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone made the following priestly appointments for the Diocese of Charleston effective Aug. 1: Father Gary S. Linsky, Col. (USAF) Ret., is appointed pastor of St. Peter Church in Columbia. Father Ernest Hepner, SLT, retired, is appointed administrator pro-tem of Blessed Sacrament Church in Charleston. Effective Aug. 19: Father Joseph […]


Priest sabbaticals allow for education and rejuvenation

Everybody needs a break once in a while, and that includes priests. That’s why several pastors have taken sabbaticals in recent years, saying the much needed time away offers a chance to learn new things, make friends and find the rest and renewal needed to continue with parish duties. Deacon Lawrence Roberts, coordinator for priest […]


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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