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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 […]


Bishop blesses site for new Cardinal Newman campus

COLUMBIA—Members of the Cardinal Newman School community took part in a simple but moving ceremony April 19 to celebrate their latest step on the road to a new campus. Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone prayed with about 150 people, including faculty, staff, clergy, donors and others involved in Catholic education in Columbia, at the 50-acre site […]


Bishops say health, retirement reforms should not contribute to poverty

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Farewell to Father Paul Williams as he begins new chapter

Franciscan Father Paul Williams believes that St. Joseph has played a special role in his priesthood. As a child, he attended a parish and school named after St. Joseph. He was ordained in a church named after the saint. And, after 26 years of service in South Carolina, on April 15 he started his new […]


Bon Secours St. Francis hospital ranked in nation’s top 100

CHARLESTON—If you’re looking for a hospital ranked in the top 100 in the nation, then you don’t need to look any further than our own state of South Carolina. Bon Secours St. Francis hospital, one of three Roper St. Francis facilities in the Charleston area, was listed in the top 100 by two different entities: […]


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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