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Convocation marks 50th anniversary of restored diaconate

GREENVILLE—The central theme from the national diaconate congress held recently in New Orleans echoes what permanent deacons in the Diocese of Charleston have known for some time: Theirs is a service of charity, proclaiming the word and leading the faithful in prayer That message was delivered at the opening Mass by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic […]



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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


What’s driving the growth of Catholic churches in the Bible Belt?

CHARLESTON, S.C.—In the thick of the Bible Belt, the famously evangelical Protestant region in the southeastern United States, some Catholic Masses are filling to standing-room only. Meanwhile, many Baptist, Methodist and Lutheran churches are struggling to keep enough people in the pews to justify opening their doors. It has widely been reported that the U.S. […]


Archbishop Gregory: Weary of ‘cloud of shame’ shrouding church leaders

ATLANTA—Atlanta Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory issued a print and video statement Aug. 9 on the website of The Georgia Bulletin, archdiocesan newspaper, expressing his “profound anger, sadness and distress concerning sexual abuse by church leaders of children, young people and those over whom they exercised authority.” “My anger and disappointment, shared by Catholics and others, […]


Reaching out through literature

GREENWOOD—Marquetta Goodwine, Queen Quet, chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, gave presentations on the coastal culture during book giveaways at Our Lady of Lourdes Church and Weston Chapel AME Church on July 14. Goodwine saluted attendees for supporting literacy and interracial understanding. Youth from both churches helped with the event and almost 400 books were distributed […]


Women of St. Francis award three scholarships

HILTON HEAD ISLAND—The Women of St. Francis presented three $1,000 scholarships from their third annual Soup for Scholarships Fundraiser to three students at St. Francis School on Hilton Head Island. Above, left to right, Mollie Kirchner, past-president, announces the three recipients, Lewis Daniel Wolf, Jonah James Mast and Noah Wyeth Hueyo-Oliver, along with Eleanor Bell, […]


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    Aug 258:00 am Day of Prayer for Deacons
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    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
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    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