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Scouting camporee builds faith and friendship

SALUDA—The pinewood derby cars may be made of Legos these days, but there’s still nothing like a good old Scouting camporee to combine faith and fun. About 600 youth and adults from Boy and Girl Scout programs spent their Oct. 4-6 weekend at rustic Camp Barstow in Saluda County practicing their archery, a BB-gun shoot, […]


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Diocese breaks ground for new chancery building

CHARLESTON—With the push of a shovel, about 130 participants witnessed the historical groundbreaking for the new diocesan pastoral center, which will include a chancery, chapel and conference center. Situated on five acres of marsh front property draped in grand old Oaks, the upcoming pastoral center will consolidate diocesan departments under one roof for the first […]


World Mission Sunday is Oct. 20

On World Mission Sunday, people from all over the globe respond each year with donations so they can help spread the word of God. Even in third world countries, people find a coin for the collection. For those who have nothing — not electricity, not running water — this is a lot, said Helena Moniz, […]


New retreat center and chapel dedicated at Mepkin Abbey

MONCKS CORNER—The monks at Mepkin Abbey broke briefly from their quiet monastic lifestyle to celebrate their new St. Francis Retreat Center and the Father Francis Kline Memorial Chapel. The Aug. 25 dedication included a Mass, musical performance and choirs. Abbot Stanislaus Gumula said the completion of the 16-room retreat center is the fulfillment of a […]


Sacred Heart Mission in Blackville changes status

Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone recently announced that Sacred Heart Mission in Blackville has been incorporated into Holy Trinity parish in Orangeburg. The announcement was sent out in a memo Oct. 1 to pastors in the Diocese of Charleston. The change was effective that date. In his memo the bishop stated that the decision was made […]


Sister Catherine places a quarter century in God’s hands

GREENVILLE—Franciscan Sister Catherine Noecker may be known in the community for helping to grow St. Anthony of Padua School, but for her students, the hugs are what matter most. “She gives the best hugs in the world,” Sonya Ferguson agreed. “When she hugs you, you can feel the sincerity in it.” Ferguson has worked at […]


Being on fire with faith means lighting the flame in others

COLUMBIA—The future of the Church depends on people willing to learn their faith and share it with others, speakers told participants at the recent On Fire with Faith conference. Author and columnist Father Ronald Rolheiser of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate was the opening speaker at the Sept. 20-21 event held at Our Lady […]


Gustavo Valdez follows God to Hispanic ministry in diocese

COLUMBIA—Gustavo Valdez hopes his role as the new director of Hispanic ministry helps more people become fully involved in the Church’s mission of bringing souls to Christ. Valdez, who started in June, is based in Columbia. He is the second of four children in a family from Piedras Negras, a border town in Coahuila, Mexico. […]


Seniors shown that aging is a gift

MEPKIN ABBEY—The monks of Mepkin Abbey want people entering the second stage of life to open their eyes and see aging as a period of growth instead of decline. To that end, Trappist Father Guerric Heckel was instrumental in creating a series of lectures and retreats that focus on the self development and spiritual growth […]


Father Tomlinson moves temporarily to Diocese of Trenton

Father Richard B. Tomlinson has temporarily returned to his home state of New Jersey to help his elderly parents. His stepfather, 91, and mother, 89, still live in his hometown of Princeton. “I was visiting them on vacation this summer, and I was struck by how they were struggling a little bit with age and […]


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  • Diocesan Events Calendar
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    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