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Bishop makes new appointments

CHARLESTON—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone has made the following appointments for priests in the Diocese of Charleston:

Effective Aug. 1:

Father Arnulfo Jara Galvez, new to the diocese, was appointed as administrator of St. Mark in Newberry, St. Boniface in Joanna, and Holy Spirit Mission in Laurens; and Chaplain at Tyger River Correctional Institution in Enoree.

Father Luis E. Serrano, CHS, new to the diocese, was appointed as parochial vicar at St. Paul the Apostle in Seneca; St. Francis Mission in Walhalla; and Jesus, Our Risen Savior in Spartanburg.

Father Jacob P. Joseph, CMI, in addition to his duties as pastor at Our Lady of Peace in North Augusta, was appointed as administrator of Our Lady of the Valley, Gloverville.

Effective Aug. 13:

Father James Dubrouillet, pastor at Holy Trinity in Orangeburg, St. Mary Mission in Allendale, St. Andrew in Barnwell and St. Theresa Mission in Springfield, with sacramental responsibilities at Allendale Correctional Institution — was appointed as pastor at Blessed Trinity in Greer.

Father Wilbroad Mwape, Parochial vicar at St. Gregory the Great in Bluffton, was appointed as administrator at Holy Trinity in Orangeburg, St. Mary Mission in Allendale, St. Andrew in Barnwell, and St. Theresa Mission in Springfield, with sacramental responsibilities at Allendale Correctional Institution.

Father Mark S. Good, parochial vicar at St. Andrew in Myrtle Beach, was appointed as administrator of St. Mary on Yonges Island and Sts. Frederick and Stephen Mission on Edisto Island.

Father Filip P. Wodecki, parochial vicar at St. Mary Magdalene in Simpsonville; was appointed as parochial vicar at St. Andrew in Myrtle Beach.

Father Agustin Torm, parochial vicar at Prince of Peace in Taylors, was appointed as parochial vicar at Holy Spirit on Johns Island.

Father Gustavo Corredor, parochial vicar at Our Lady of the Hills and St. John Neumann in Columbia, and Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Camden, was appointed as parochial vicar at Holy Trinity in Orangeburg, St. Mary Mission in Allendale, St. Andrew in Barnwell, St. Theresa Mission in Springfield, with sacramental responsibilities at Allendale Correction Institution and at Our Lady of the Hills in Columbia.

Effective Sept. 1:

Father Edward J. Kelley is appointed as liaison for Charismatic Renewal for the diocese.

Effective Jan. 1, 2015:

Father Mark S. Good, in addition to his duties as administrator of St. Mary on Yonges Island and Sts. Frederick and Stephen Mission on Edisto Island, is appointed as spiritual advisor for the Cursillo in the Diocese of Charleston.



A nation of immigrants should have an immigration system that works

America did not become great by keeping people out. We are great because, throughout our history, we have held our doors wide open to those seeking a new start, economic opportunity, and a chance to raise their families in peace and freedom.

Tragically, our outdated immigration laws no longer uphold this quintessentially American vision. The country founded and built by immigrants now erects unnecessary barriers that turn aspiring Americans away and tear families apart. America desperately needs for Congress to pass immigration reform, to fix this broken system that so clearly fails to meet our needs.

I am the child of immigrants. My parents came here in search of a better life in the early 1900s, when regulations were much simpler and citizenship easier to obtain. Today it is a struggle for many people who want to become Americans. A set of arbitrary quotas established years ago leaves little room for refugees and provides limited opportunity for job seekers, even when U.S. employers very much need their help.

Our failed immigration system also creates a permanent underclass of non-citizens, people who immigrated without proper documentation because they faced unendurable hardship in their native lands. Often forced to decide between either breaking U.S. immigration law or watching their families go hungry, they chose the former, a choice I imagine many of us would make ourselves in the same situation.

Once in America, no matter how hard they work or how lawfully they lead their lives, current immigration policies give them no pathway to legality. They cannot come forward and make amends for this single legal transgression without losing their livelihoods and destroying the way of life their families have come to know.

This is especially hard on children. Even those brought here at an early age, some with no memory of their birthplace or even the ability to speak its language, still face an uncertain future in the only country they know as home.

Legal immigrants are too often treated unfairly by our immigration system as well, forced to wait years for permission to reunite their families. In a nation where the sanctity of human life and supreme importance of the family unit is supposedly one of our most dearly held values, this is unforgiveable.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has officially come out in opposition to “enforcement only” immigration policies and in favor of comprehensive immigration reform. It is right and necessary for the United States to amend our immigration policies to create a pathway to legality for undocumented immigrants and their children. We also need smarter policies that use the talents and hard work immigrants have to offer to create more jobs for all workers and make families more prosperous.

The U.S. House of Representatives holds the key. Please join me in making sure our representatives in Congress know that their constituents support immigration reform. Our congressmen need to hear from us before the session ends without the passage of a reform plan. We must not let this opportunity to fix our broken immigration system slip away yet again.



It pays to prepare ahead for disasters

So far this summer, the only named storm to pop up on the weather radar is Hurricane Arthur, and forecasters are sticking by their prediction of a quiet season, which runs through November.

But quiet doesn’t mean silent, so experts advise people to follow that old Boy Scout truism to “always be prepared”, not just for hurricanes, but other natural disasters such as tornadoes and floods too.

According to guidelines, the first step is to acknowledge that disaster can strike and to prepare for that eventuality mentally and emotionally. Experts suggest the best way to do this is to make concrete preparations, and Catholic Charities has an in-depth guide to help you out (

Here are some tips:
1. Put together a disaster preparedness kit. Basics include canned food, a manual can opener, lots of water, a first aid kit, battery-powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries. For a detailed list, see the disaster plan at

2. Understand that family members will be scared, and create a tailor-made emergency plan. Take into consideration age, physical limitations, medication needs, and more. Catholic Charities has an extensive list to help get your family ready.

Keep a “hit-the-road” bag packed for each person, and even your pets, so important items aren’t forgotten in the rush of leaving.

3. Print out a list of local emergency shelters and important phone numbers. Keep one by the phone and another in the glovebox of your car.

4. Don’t forget the furry, four-legged, finned or feathered members of your family. Bring them in well before storms arrive so they don’t panic and run away. Or if you’re leaving, take your pet and his supplies with you. For a list of pet-friendly hotels, visit

5. Teach your family the safest place to be in a hurricane, tornado or  flood. Practice each scenario with them so they’re comfortable and can react quickly.

6. In the event of predicted hurricanes or flooding and an official call to leave the area, know the fastest evacuation routes and leave well before the danger.

“The plan that’s on [the website] right now really does focus on the preparedness aspect, so all of that is good to follow,” said Jennifer Elkins, coordinator of the Diocese of Charleston’s Office of Social Ministry.

She does advise people to check ahead — especially in terms of hotels and shelters — to make sure nothing has changed.

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Couples for Christ feel power of God

GOOSE CREEK—Couples for Christ-SC held two recent Christian Life Programs in the Upstate and the Lowcountry.

Adorno Father Jason Caganap, pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Goose Creek, was so impressed by the Christian Life Program held at his church in March and April that he asked to replicate it for the Hispanic parishioners, according to a press release.

On June 28-29, the very first Hispanic Christian Life Program in the state was held at Immaculate Conception.

During the two days, children’s activities were held at the All Ministries Center, with outdoor and indoor fun coupled with teachings about the faith.

Brothers Luis Paez and David Sanchez served at the main venue and conducted six talks on the first day.

One of the most powerful sessions occurred on June 29 during “Receiving the Power of the Holy Spirit,” when the presence of the Holy Spirit was felt across all four corners of the venue, according to participants.

With the help of Brothers Luis and David, the service team dedicated 11 couples to Couples for Christ (Parejas Para Cristo), nine individuals to Servants of the Lord, 20 women to Handmaids of the Lord, and 41 children to Kids for Christ (Niños Para Cristo). Four household groups were formed to start their spiritual journey.

Simultaneously, 14 youth were dedicated at the Youth Camp held at Prince of Peace Church in Taylors.

The weekend for Couples for Christ-SC was like Noah’s ark: filled with a diverse group of people from Mexico, Colombia, Nicaragua and Spain. Both singles and couples attended, plus children ranging from 6 months to 14 years.

While most people were watching the World Cup, these folks chose to participate in the Christian Life Program. They came with one purpose — to know and learn more of the one true God, the release stated.

The joy of the children who attended was visible. When asked about their experience and what they learned over the weekend, their replies included:
“I learned to love and that God is love.”
 IVAN, 9
“Share my toys …”
“Don’t say bad words.”
“My favorite Bible character is Jesus.”
 BRIAN, 11
“When I grow up, I want to be a priest.”
“Help my mom by cleaning dog poop.”

As the day closed, the non-Spanish-speaking service team laid their hands on the children in prayer, and without prompting, Brian, 11, started praying in Spanish and the other children bowed their heads and joined in.

The Christian Life Program is a conduit for knowledge and love of God. It lets people see how closely intertwined they all are through Christ, in spite of diversity, the release stated.

Submitted by Cheryl Sarmiento and Merlita Carandang.

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