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Being a monk is a happy vocation for Father Christian

MONCKS CORNER—Any image one might have of a withdrawn monk is shattered within seconds of meeting Father Christian Carr. Sitting in his office at Mepkin Abbey, he greets his two visitors with enthusiasm, offering a gnarled hand in welcome and launching immediately into an entertaining and intelligent discussion on all manner of topics. The one […]


Treat old age like a fine vintage wine, not a disaster

The month of September begins and ends with a focus on the elderly. Since 1978, the first Sunday after Labor Day has been celebrated as National Grandparents Day; this year’s observance falls on Sept. 7. Later in the month, senior citizens will gather in Rome for a special celebration in their honor at the invitation […]


Scholars society hopes to fill a void on campus

COLUMBIA—A group of professors joined in worship and laid the groundwork for the new Bishop’s Society of Catholic Scholars on Aug. 23. Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone celebrated the Mass of the Holy Spirit for about 40 men and women at St. Joseph Church in Columbia, and then joined them in the parish life center for […]


Diaconate classes impart bountiful knowledge this side of heaven

September 20 will mark a return to school for Fred Knowles of Gaffney, plus 74 other men preparing for a life of ministry and service to the Church as permanent deacons. He is one of 37 men slated to be ordained in 2016, along with another 14 in the class of 2017. In addition, 24 […]


Catholic schools focus on strategic plan

As the 2014-2015 school year rolls to a start, the big news for education in the Diocese of Charleston is the upcoming comprehensive strategic plan to tackle school improvement. Sandra Leatherwood, director of Catholic education, said a task force has been formed and will hold its first meeting on Sept. 30 at Christ Our King-Stella […]


Backpack buddies fills satchels and stomachs on weekends

HILTON HEAD ISLAND—Many people look at a backpack as just another school supply, but for some kids it means not going hungry. Each Friday during the school year, more than 200 local public school children receive backpacks full of simple, nutritional food to get them through the weekend, thanks to an ecumenical project known as […]


Bishop’s Calendar for September 2014

The following is Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone’s calendar for September: Sept. 1—Labor Day, diocesan offices closed; 8 a.m., Mass, St. Patrick Church, CharlestonSept. 2—8 a.m., Mass, St. Patrick Church, CharlestonSept. 3—8 a.m., Mass, St. Patrick Church, CharlestonSept. 4—9:30 a.m., Mass of the Holy Spirit, Cardinal Newman School, ColumbiaSept. 5—10 a.m., Mass, St. Joseph Church, ColumbiaSept. […]


College: If only I knew then what I know now …

As thousands of freshmen begin their college lives, we asked current seniors and recent grads to offer some advice on how to navigate the exciting, and sometimes challenging, world on campus. Through email and in live interviews, they offered the following words of wisdom: Learn to manage your time “Try to find a balance between […]


Bishop makes new appointments

CHARLESTON—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone has made three new appointments for priests in the Diocese of Charleston. Father Michael F. McCafferty, in addition to his current assignment as pastor at Sacred Heart in Gaffney and St. Augustine Mission in Union, was appointed chaplain at Tyger River Correctional Institution in Enoree, effective Aug. 11. Father S. Thomas […]


Catholic school superintendent takes part in ALS ice bucket challenge

By Catholic News Service CINCINNATI–Showing his support for those suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease, the superintendent of Catholic schools for the Cincinnati Archdiocese took part in the ice bucket challenge Aug. 21. Superintendent Jim Rigg was joined by Tom Otten, principal of Elder Catholic High School, on the school’s campus. The challenge has taken the […]


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