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‘Deacon Doc’ is on a mission

INDIAN LAND—Deacon Bob Donofrio, known as “Deacon Doc”, recently returned to Our Lady of Grace Church from a mission trip to Central America. It is a pilgrimage that began nine years ago, when Deacon Doc retired from his work as an orthopedic surgeon and moved to South Carolina to be near his grandchildren. When he […]


Franciscan jubilarians served S.C. in nursing, education and parish work

ASTON, Pa.—The Sisters of St. Francis 2018 Jubilee Celebration was held June 10 at Our Lady of Angels Convent. Two of this year’s Diamond Jubilarians, each celebrating 70 years of religious profession, ministered previously in the Diocese of Charleston, S.C. Sister Anna Hope Bauerlin (formerly Sister Miriam) was a staff nurse at St. Mary Human […]


Knights lend a hand to help out Habitat for Humanity

SUMMERVILLE—Knights of Columbus Council 6629 recently worked on a Habitat for Humanity project in rural Dorchester County. The Knights divided up into two groups, with one group concentrating on exterior and interior work on one house, while the other group painted the house next door. See more diocesan tidbits in the news section under parish […]


Argentina Senate votes down bill to legalize abortion

MEXICO CITY—The Argentine Senate voted against a bill that would have decriminalized abortion during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. Senators voted 38-31 against the measure early Aug. 9 following a 15-hour debate. The measure had been approved in June by the lower house of Congress. The Argentine bishops’ conference hailed the vote, saying the […]


Father Ted Kalaw to serve as superior of order

Adorno Father Teodoro Kalaw was recently appointed as the 60th superior general for the Adorno Fathers, a high honor for the priest who served for several years with the order in South Carolina. The appointment came on July 11 at the order’s general chapter meeting in Rome. As superior general, Father Ted will be based […]


Fear, uncertainty lead to worshipping false idols, pope says

VATICAN CITY—Like the ancient Israelites, Christians today also can fall into the temptation of creating their own idols when difficulties and uncertainties arise, Pope Francis said. “To escape precariousness, human nature looks for a ‘do-it-yourself’ religion. If God does not show himself, we create a tailor-made god,” the pope said Aug. 8 during his weekly […]


Workshop focuses on traditions behind Byzantine iconography

GREER—Attendees at a recent Upstate workshop went beyond art appreciation and took brushes in hand to become part of the world of Byzantine iconography. Participants from around the Carolinas gathered in July at St. Rafka Maronite Church to learn about and experience first-hand an art form that is built upon centuries of sacred traditions. Theodoros […]


Family and friends praise centenarian’s endless legacy of love

COLUMBIA—Vashti Jackson Woodson does not hesitate when asked how she feels about her 100 years of life. “I’m happy about everything!” she said. “My life has always been happy from the beginning up until the present. I’ve had a wonderful life!” Her words are accompanied by a radiant smile that lights up her entire face. […]


St. Katharine Drexel’s tomb will be moved to Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA—The remains of St. Katharine Drexel, founder of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, will be transferred in the coming weeks from the crypt under the chapel of St. Elizabeth Convent, the congregation’s Bensalem motherhouse, to the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul in Philadelphia. The transfer is precipitated by the decision of the […]


Vatican: Use internet to promote tourism that respects locales

VATICAN CITY—With more and more people planning their vacations online and sharing their experiences digitally, the tourism industry and tourists themselves should pay more attention to using online forums to encourage respect for the locales visited and for the communities that live there, the Vatican said. In a message for the Sept. 27 celebration of […]


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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
    From the Calendar of Diaconate