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Students build homes and relationships in Guatemala

The building was nothing fancy, a cinder block structure with a roof of corrugated metal. But for the Guatemalan family for whom the simple house was built, it was a haven blessed by God. Led by their campus minister, Clemson students for years have traveled to Guatemala to help build homes. This year, they were […]


People demonstrate outside the Supreme Court building in Washington in this photo from late March, when the court heard oral arguments in two same-sex marriage cases. The court ruled as unconstitutional the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, in a 5-4 decision issued June 26. In a separate case, the court sent back to lower courts a challenge to California's Proposition 8, the voter-approved initiative barring same-sex marriage.
U.S. bishops view Supreme Court’s rulings as ‘tragic day for marriage’

By Carol Zimmermann | Catholic News Service WASHINGTON–U.S. Catholic bishops said the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26 rulings on same-sex marriage were a “tragic day for marriage and our nation.”The court, in separate 5-4 rulings struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, defining marriage as between one man and one woman and […]


Bishop Guglielmone disappointed by Supreme Court decision

CHARLESTON—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone said he was “very disappointed” in the Supreme Court’s rule that the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, defining marriage as between one man and one woman, is unconstitutional under the Equal Protection Clause. “The high court has dealt a profound injustice to the American people,” he said in a […]


Sisters of Charity Federation meets

CHARLESTON—The Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy from the Diocese of Charleston attended a federation meeting in Leavenworth, Kan., on June 12-16. The theme was “Courageous Charity-Deepening Collaboration”. The Sisters of Charity Federation is a gathering of women religious congregation leaders. Sister Mary Joseph Ritter, general superior of the South Carolina congregation, said […]


Diocese kicks off Fortnight for Freedom

COLUMBIA—Hundreds bowed their heads to pray with Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone on the steps of the Statehouse on June 22 to kick off the Diocese of Charleston’s observance of the second annual Fortnight for Freedom. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops declared June 21 to July 4 as a time to call attention to […]


Ministry is a life preserver for seafarers

CHARLESTON — A seemingly endless stream of container ships make their way in and out of Charleston harbor every day, but many people don’t realize that Catholic ministries are also there, providing for the spiritual, social and material needs of the crew members. Father Robert Higgins, who serves as chaplain for the Port of Charleston, […]


Bishop urges fair immigration reform

CHARLESTON — Following the Senate Judiciary Committee’s approval of comprehensive immigration reform legislation in May, Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone joined the rest of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in urging Congress to enact effective change that provides a fair pathway to citizenship and keeps families together. In a May 30 letter sent to […]


Father Paul Nguyen ordained: “The feeling is just incredible”

FORT MILL—Several days after his ordination, the true importance of Father Paul Nguyen’s role in this life really hit home. He was flying to Massachusetts to celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving in his hometown of Worcester and ended up sitting next to a man who was intrigued to learn he was a Catholic priest. After […]


Boy Scouts vote to allow openly gay youths to belong to Scout troops

By Seth Gonzales | Catholic News Service GRAPEVINE, Texas — The Boy Scouts of America’s National Council voted late May 23 to allow openly gay youths admittance as members into the 103-year-old organization, effective Jan. 1, 2014. In a statement, the organization said the decision to review the organization’s ban on accepting homosexuals as members […]


Bishop responds to decision to allow gay youth in Boy Scouts

Leaders in Catholic Scouting encourage careful, prayerful reaction to the Boy Scouts of America’s recent decision to lift a ban on accepting openly gay youth as members. The BSA’s  national council voted  May 23 at its meeting in Texas to lift the long-standing ban on accepting gay youth as members, but retained a ban on […]


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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
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