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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 […]


New Dominicans join St. Mary School

GREENVILLE—Three new Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia will arrive in the Upstate this fall to share their knowledge and love of Christ with students at St. Mary School. Father Jay Scott Newman, pastor of St. Mary Church, said this will be the eighth year that the teaching order, also known as the Nashville Dominicans, has […]


Lyke Conference encourages parish leaders to enrich worship services

Over 500 people, including a group from the Diocese of Charleston, gathered in Chicago, Ill., recently for the 10th annual Lyke Conference. Kathleen Merritt, director of the diocesan office of ethnic ministries, presented two workshops at the conference and shared her experience with The Miscellany. Q. What is the Lyke Conference? A. Named in honor […]


Just passing through becomes half a century of living the Word

RIDGELAND—St. Anthony Church started 50 years ago thanks to John and Suzanne Marten. The couple drove from Pennsylvania to their vacation home in Florida every year, said Fred Nimmer, who, along with wife Joan, is one of St. Anthony’s founding members. The Martens always stopped in Ridgeland, and on Sundays would drive to nearby Hardeeville […]


Msgr. Hanley is grateful for the gifts of love

CHARLESTON—Msgr. Joseph F. Hanley has spent a lifetime at Blessed Sacrament, but now he’s preparing for a different journey. Starting in August, the priest will embark on a three-month sabbatical before returning to the diocese and a new assignment. He’s looking forward to the time of spiritual renewal and new experiences, but is also sad […]


Brother Henry Fulmer celebrates 25 years as a Franciscan

ANDERSON—Brother Henry Fulmer, a Franciscan Friar of the Holy Name Province, celebrated 25 years as a member of his religious order this summer. The Aiken native is the pastoral associate of St. Joseph Church in Anderson. He is also a permanent deacon. “Though I knew I didn’t want to be a priest, part of me […]


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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