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New pastoral center dedicated at St. Joseph in Columbia

COLUMBIA—The future of ministry at St. Joseph Church officially has a new home in a ministries and administration building that was dedicated on June 19. Msgr. Richard D. Harris, pastor, led a solemn vespers service and then formally dedicated the new building in front of a crowd of more than 100 people. He read prayers […]


Eucharistic procession kicks off Fortnight for Freedom

MYRTLE BEACH—Vacationers strolling along 37th Avenue North on June 20 caught a glimpse of something a little different than the usual beach attractions. Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone and more than 100 people streamed onto the shore shortly before sunset as part of a eucharistic procession to begin the annual observance of the Fortnight for Freedom. […]


Providential cycles

It is sometimes scary how providential the preselected biblical readings are for Mass. One aim of the 20th century liturgical reform was to open more lavishly the treasures of the Bible over a set cycle of years to remind believers of God’s guidance in history and today. A two-year cycle of weekday first readings is […]


Comfort in the arms of God

CHARLESTON—On June 17, a stranger entered Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and joined a Bible study session. The group of 12 welcomed him and included him in their worship for about an hour when suddenly, the young man took out a gun and started yelling and firing, killing nine people in a hail of […]


Knights of Columbus unfurl messages of love

CHARLESTON—Banners with messages of love and grace adorned buildings around Marion Square shortly after the tragic events at Emanuel AME Church, thanks to a heroic effort from the Knights of Columbus. The words were simple but profound. “Mother Emanuel, We Love You” read the message from Bennett Hospitality. “No matter how dark the nights, the […]


Nine new principals will ring in the fall semester at Catholic schools

Schools in the Diocese of Charleston have selected their new principals for the upcoming academic year. John Paul II Catholic School in Ridgeland announced the selection of Walter Dupre as its new principal for the 2015-16 school year. For the past six years, he was principal of St. Mary’s in O’Neill, Nebraska, and has 26 […]


Knights elect new officers

GARDEN CITY—Knights of Columbus Council 8980 recently elected a new slate of officers and held an installation Mass on July 2. The new Grand Knight is Timothy J. McGraw, who replaces Past Grand Knight Gilbert T. Cushing. They also awarded $500 scholarships to a boy and girl who are high school seniors.


Council 9184 donates $5,000 to birthright

TAYLORS—Knights of Columbus Council 9184 presented Birthright of Greenville with a check for $5,000 to help fund their ongoing work supporting women experiencing unplanned pregnancies. The Knights hosted their first annual “Luck of the Irish” Casino Night on April 11 at the Sugar Creek clubhouse in Greer.


Faith & fungi: Mepkin Abbey monks cultivate a burgeoning mushroom trade

MONCKS CORNER—When the monks at Mepkin Abbey started looking for a new business to help support themselves, growing mushrooms sounded like perfectly simple solution. After all, mushrooms grow in the wild just fine. All you need is a little dirt and — voila! Right? Wrong. Really, really wrong. What the Trappists soon discovered was that […]


Funerals for slain church members call on God’s amazing grace

CHARLESTON—People spoke so many beautiful words about the nine men and women killed in the recent church shooting that they could flow all the way to God’s door, like a river of peace. Several members of Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church have been laid to rest in recent days, each one bringing hundreds, and […]


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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