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U.S. parishes, schools happy to be in path of solar eclipse

WASHINGTON—U.S. Catholic parishes and schools located in the 70-mile-wide path of the total solar eclipse Aug. 21 plan to take part in this rare event with everything from providing parking spaces or viewing sites to offering overnight retreats or all-day events with family activities or scientific lectures. The total eclipse — to be viewed only […]


A church history borne from Irish immigrants

Editor’s Note: This is the first of two articles on the history of Irish immigrants in South Carolina. Often, when people think of Ireland, they automatically think of Irish saints and the Catholic faith. There is perhaps no country except Italy whose history and identity is so enmeshed with the Church in the imagination and […]


Uncovering Catholicism in ‘Lord of the Rings’

TAYLORS—Catholics who enjoy the books of J.R.R. Tolkien may have a reason to read some of them again after hearing author and biographer Joseph Pearce’s comments on the renowned fantasy writer. Pearce presented his case supporting the role that Catholicism plays in Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy to a group of around 120 […]


Boot camp prepares staff and volunteers to lead youth ministries

CHARLESTON—An intense, one-day boot camp was held for youth ministers and volunteers in the Diocese of Charleston. But don’t worry, no one had to do push-ups or crawl on their bellies through the mud. It was more of a spiritual boot camp, designed to prepare new youth leaders and volunteers — and those just seeking […]


Conference offers a journey of hope to divorced Catholics

CHARLESTON—Standing among a crowd of other divorced and separated people, one woman struggled to speak over still-painful emotions. Clearing her throat and taking a breath, she explained that it had been 20 years since her divorce, but the pain still had the power to bubble to the surface. It was a sentiment clearly understood by […]


Bishop Cantu calls for diplomacy to ease U.S.-North Korea differences

WASHINGTON—Diplomacy and political engagement are necessary to resolve the differences between the United States and North Korea and avoid a military conflict, the chairman of a U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops committee said in a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Writing Aug. 10, Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico, chairman of […]


Striving to remain ‘saved’

A 13-year-old who lived across the street from our convent announced, after a weekend with a friend, “I got saved.” She had gone to church and participated in an altar call. Her parents would likely agree with my observation that she didn’t don a halo forever after. “Getting saved” is language Catholics don’t typically use. […]


Bible studies of other faiths

Q: Recently some Catholic friends challenged me for attending a non-Catholic Bible study. I’ve been going to the study for a couple of years. The people in the study have always been respectful and I’ve learned a lot in the study. Is it wrong for me to attend a non-Catholic Bible study? (Charlotte, NC) A: […]


New bells blessed and installed at St. Mary Help of Christians

AIKEN—St. Mary Help of Christians held a blessing of four bells to be placed in its new bell tower (currently nearing the end of its construction) on July 16 after the 11 a.m. Mass. A bilingual celebration was held in English and Spanish to reflect the community, said Father Gregory Wilson, pastor. Msgr. Richard D. […]


Sisters of Charity Foundation awards community enrichment grants totaling $420,000

COLUMBIA—The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina recently awarded its community enrichment grants for 2017, totaling $420,000 to 22 organizations.  The foundation’s mission to address poverty in all its forms is reflected in its decision-making around community enrichment grants. These grants are designed to provide financial support to organizations whose services go beyond meeting […]


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