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Discalced Carmelites form group on Pawleys Island

PAWLEYS ISLAND—Lay people along the Grand Strand now have the chance to connect with an ancient spiritual tradition founded more than 800 years ago — the Carmelites.  A new discalced Carmelite group, the Coastal Community of St. John of the Cross, has been formed and is based at Precious Blood of Christ Church on Pawleys […]


By early 2019, diocese will release names of all credibly accused priests

CHARLESTON—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone has announced that the Diocese of Charleston will release the names of priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors in the diocese dating back to 1950.  The bishop said in a Dec. 3 statement that he plans to release the names no later than mid-February 2019. “We […]


Feast of Immaculate Conception does not get weekend dispensation

WASHINGTON—Just last year, Catholics were required to attend separate Masses two days in a row for the Sunday obligation and Monday’s Christmas Mass. Now, they have a similar opportunity this year with the feast of the Immaculate Conception falling on a Saturday — Dec. 8. The vigil Mass on Saturday evening is not a “two-for-one” […]


Loving our neighbor means getting attached

A few words from a judge ended our time with the toddler yesterday afternoon. The little boy that had been my shopping buddy, who I had packed lunch notes for and who I had prayed with every night for the last five months walked into a courthouse with me and walked out with his family. Before […]


Immaculate Conception is about the birth of Mary

People who go to Mass for the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary may not know the exact reason for this important holy day of obligation, officially observed on Dec. 8. Even the most observant Catholics sometimes mistakenly believe the feast day commemorates Mary conceiving Jesus through the Holy Spirit. Actually, […]


Diocese of Charleston earns clear report on finances

CHARLESTON—The Diocese of Charleston has received a near flawless financial report from its annual audit. The audit, conducted by Cherry Bekaert CPAs & Advisors, looks at the financial accountability of the Chancery, Catholic Charities, and the Catholic Community Foundation of South Carolina, which was created in 2017. The foundation’s purpose is to manage and administer […]


Ministry serves breakfast with a side of history

CHARLESTON—A special breakfast over Thanksgiving weekend offered black Catholics a chance to honor their shared faith and heritage. On Nov. 24, 40 people gathered in Charleston for a “Black Catholic History Breakfast” hosted by Sister Roberta Fulton of the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur. Sister Roberta is the assistant director for African-American evangelization with […]


Advent calendars: Old tradition and modern commercialism, same message

WASHINGTON—The Advent calendar with one tab or box to open each day for 24 or 25 days taps into something people really like: countdowns. It also highlights the anticipation that is at the heart of the four-week liturgical season of Advent. These calendars, which are religious in nature, hence always with the name Advent, also […]


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Retirement Fund for Religious is a gift of thanksgiving

CHARLESTON—A special collection to help retired religious will be held in the Diocese of Charleston on Dec. 8. The Retirement Fund for Religious collection benefits orders such as the Monas­tery of St. Clare in Travelers Rest, whose sisters use the money to help provide the skilled medical care their sisters may need. “There are so many sisters […]


Almost 500 gather in Rock Hill to honor Vietnamese martyrs

ROCK HILL—At a time of year when the focus is on giving thanks, nearly 500 Vietnamese Catholics gathered at St. Anne Church on Nov. 18 to offer praise, prayer, and a debt of gratitude to their ancestors. Every year, parishioners from communities statewide come together to honor those slain during the “Great Massacre,” a time […]


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