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New school year brings a school unification and an assistant superintendent

SUMTER—Another high school is moving under the umbrella of the diocese. St. Francis Xavier, a private Catholic high school in Sumter, will unify with nearby St. Anne and St. Jude parish school, said Kristi Doyle, who has served as principal of both for the past two years. A bit of history Doyle became principal of […]


President of USCCB explains plan to address ‘moral catastrophe’ of abuse

WASHINGTON—The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Aug. 16 announced three key goals and a comprehensive plan to address the “moral catastrophe” of the new abuse scandal hitting the U.S. church. The plan “will involve the laity, lay experts, the clergy and the Vatican,” Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said. This plan […]


Vatican wants accountability for abusers and their protectors

VATICAN CITY—In the wake of a grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse in six dioceses in Pennsylvania, a Vatican spokesman called the abuses described in the report as being “criminal and morally reprehensible.” “Victims should know that the pope is on their side. Those who have suffered are his priority, and the church wants […]


Indian church joins relief efforts as floods wreak havoc in Kerala

COCHIN, India—The Catholic Church has joined relief efforts as unprecedented floods and landslides continue to wreak havoc in India’s Kerala state, killing 75 people within a week. Ucanews.com reported that all 41 Catholic dioceses in the southern state have opened schools and other institutions to accommodate flood victims and are cooperating to send food, clothes […]


Grand jury report details rape of children, culture of secrecy that fanned it

WASHINGTON—The report begins dramatically, imploring its readers: “We, the members of this grand jury, need you to hear this.” Plain and simple, at least 1,000 children identified in the investigation were raped in Catholic places of worship, in schools, and in diocesan owned vehicles, and were “groomed” through diocesan programs and retreats so they could […]


On Assumption feast, pope asks consolation for all who suffer

VATICAN CITY—Mary’s assumption into heaven was a special sign of God’s favor, but it also indicates God’s desire to save all people, body and soul, Pope Francis said. Reciting the Angelus prayer on the feast of the Assumption Aug. 15, Pope Francis also asked the crowd in St. Peter’s Square to join him in praying […]


The history of the Assumption — and why it’s a Holy Day

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Catholics around the world mark the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, commemorating the end of her earthly life and assumption into Heaven. But while the feast day is a relatively new one, the history of the holiday — and the mystery behind it — has its roots in the earliest centuries of […]


Fight scandal through Gospel witness, pope tells young people

ROME—Members of the Catholic Church sin and give scandal, it’s true, Pope Francis said, but it is up to each Catholic to live the faith as authentically as possible and witness to the world the love of Jesus. “The best way to respond is with witness,” the pope said Aug. 11 in response to a […]


Retirement can bring holy repurposing

A number of parishes around our state are heavily weighted with retirees. We really cannot do without them. They often make up the work force of volunteers and leaders of devotional and service groups. Outreach centers, Catholic schools, St. Vincent de Paul Societies, the Council of Catholic Women, the Knights of Columbus, and the Ancient […]


Immigration discernment

Q. I’m very confused over the immigration debate. It seems that some church leaders are upset with our national policies but I don’t understand why. Could you explain this?  (Hilton Head, SC) A. The questions surrounding immigration are heartfelt since they deal with real people and real families. With this as our starting point, I’d like […]


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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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