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Ursuline Sister Louise Marie Willenbrink, former teacher at Cardinal Newman, dies at 82

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Ursuline Sister Louise Marie Willenbrink died at Baptist Health hospital on June 21. She was 82. A vigil service was held at the Ursuline Motherhouse on June 26. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on June 27 in the Motherhouse Chapel with burial in St. Michael Cemetery.  Arrangements were handled by Bosse Funeral […]


Barbara Cole retires from St. John Neumann School

COLUMBIA—Large colorful paper flowers decked the walls of the gym at St. John Neumann School on June 1. Scattered around the room were images of ladybugs — lots and lots of ladybugs. All of this color and fun surrounded a large banner on one wall that stated “We will miss you Mrs. Cole, thank you […]


John Paul II School awards diplomas to its first class of seniors

RIDGELAND—This year, for 2017 commencements, the Diocese of Charleston had an extra graduation as the first class of seniors from John Paul II School crossed the stage to receive their diplomas. They are an eclectic group of 18 students with a wide range of personalities and strengths, but one thing they have in common is […]


Charleston Catholic earns accolades

CHARLESTON—Emma Joyce and Lily Feingold, students at Charleston Catholic, won second and third, respectively, in the Knights of Columbus Patriotic Essay Contest. The topic was “The Importance of Religious Liberty”. Also, Charleston Catholic School earned the Community Pride Award for their work in beautifying the school and performing outstanding community service. The students painted oil drums […]


Newman Connection grants help campus ministry

The college years are an exciting and rewarding time, but can also be difficult when it comes to young adults and their faith. Statistics show that up to 80 percent of Catholic students stop going to Mass while they are at college. A new initiative in the Diocese of Charleston aims to stop that trend. […]


Students host baby showers to benefit Birthright

COLUMBIA—A school might not seem like the usual venue for a baby shower, but campuses around the Midlands have been holding the celebrations this spring to help mothers and babies in need. The showers are for clients of Birthright of Columbia, an organization that assists teens and women experiencing a crisis pregnancy. Students collected diapers, […]


Sister Eileen leaves an imprint at Cardinal Newman School

COLUMBIA—When Eileen Quinn was growing up, she attended Catholic schools in Buffalo, N.Y., run by the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur. Each day in the classroom, she noticed something about the religious women who taught her. “I saw that the sisters loved each other and that they were happy,” she said. “It was very […]


Agape Latte program provides spiritual sustenance with dessert

COLUMBIA—The media center at Cardinal Newman School took on the air of a spiritual coffeehouse on May 9. About 100 students crowded in, sat around the room, and enjoyed dessert and drinks while two people performed on guitar and ukelele. Cardinal Newman alumni Jeff Armbruster spoke about the importance of stewardship and other themes from […]


St. Anne high school students to move into their own building

FORT MILL—When St. Anne first expanded to include high school stu­dents just three years ago, they had no idea how quickly they’d grow or what changes they would see. The biggest change will be realized at the start of the 2017-2018 school year, when the high schoolers will move into their very own building on […]


Schools in the diocese score high in accreditation review

Schools under the umbrella of the Diocese of Charleston’s Catholic Schools Office recently underwent an external review to determine if diocesan-wide accreditation would be renewed — and they passed with flying colors. The diocese first received accredi­tation in 2012 from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools after several years of intense plan­ning and hard […]


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    Jul 27 4th National Black Catholic Women's Conference
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    Jul 288:30 am Canon Law Course
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Aug 10 Last day of Summer Academy
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    8:00 am 2018 Interregional African American Catholic Evangelization Conference
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    Aug 17 CORE Training Weekend
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    Aug 1910:00 am Volunteer Workday and Open House Potluck
    From the Calendar of St. John School North Charleston
    Aug 258:00 am Day of Prayer for Deacons
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    Sep 1 Daniel Rudd Fund Application Closes
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    10:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Sep 18 National Association of Black Catholic Administrators Annual Meeting
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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
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    Nov 1 Black Catholic History Month
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    Nov 1010:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
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    Nov 1210:00 am Junta Diocesana
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    Nov 17 Diocese of Charleston Native American Catholic Heritage Celebration
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    Nov 18 Vietnamese Martyrs Celebration
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    Dec 1 Black Catholics Heritage Celebration
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    Dec 15 Simbang Gabi for Filipino Catholics
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    Dec 25 Diocesan Television Christmas Special Fox 21
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