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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 […]


People of all faiths rally at Statehouse to support Medicaid expansion

COLUMBIA – Catholics joined with members of other faiths April 23 to try and convince state lawmakers to support Medicaid expansion that would help more of the state’s poorest citizens gain access to health care. The South Carolina Christian Action Council sponsored an advocacy day with speeches and prayer at Wesley United Methodist Church and […]


Engaged Encounter now available in Spanish

SIMPSONVILLE – Language shouldn’t be a barrier for couples trying to figure out if they are ready for the lifetime commitment of a loving and sacramental marriage. That’s why, St. Mary Magdalene Church in Simpsonville started offering Catholic Engaged Encounter sessions in Spanish. Organizers said it is the only community in the Southeast currently doing […]


Priestly appointments: Fathers Smith, MacNeil, Munoz, Refosco, Guzman and Pearce

CHARLESTON—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone has made the following appointments for priests in the Diocese of Charleston. Father Christopher Smith, in addition to his duties as administrator of Prince of Peace Church and School in Taylors, was appointed administrator of Blessed Trinity Church in Greer, effective May 1. Father Paul D. MacNeil, administrator of St. Peter […]


Sister Guadalupe Stump, social justice advocate, dies at 86

  HARDEEVILLE—Sister Guadalupe Stump, a Sister of Mercy of Americas, an outspoken advocate for social justice and co-founder of Mercy Ministries in Hardeeville, died April 20. She was 86. The Mass of Christian Burial was held May 1 at St. Gregory the Great Church in Bluffton. She was born in Kewanee, Ill., on April 20, […]


Adrian Dominican Sister Ursula Ording dies at 78

ADRIAN, MICH.—Sister Ursula Ording, formerly Sister James Peter Ording, died on April 15 at McCloud Medical Center in Florence, S.C. She was 78 and in the 60th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation. A Communion service was held at St. Catherine Chapel and interment was in the congregation cemetery on April […]


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    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