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Nationally known speakers offer Lenten inspiration

Lent has started. The ashes have been given out, you’ve gone without meat on Friday and have already decided what you’ll be giving up.

But do you still need some help getting into the full spiritual meaning of the season? Check out two nationally known Catholic speakers giving special Lenten programs:

Jeff Cavins will speak March 6-7 at St. Benedict Church, 950 Darrell Creek Trail in Mount Pleasant.

Cavins, based in Minnesota, has developed a wide following through his speeches and seminars focused on the basics of the faith and Scripture. He has hosted the live show “My Life on the Rock” on Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) and the “Morning Air” program on Relevant Radio. He is also the author of several books, including his most recent “Praise God and Thank Him: Biblical Keys for a Joyful Life” (2014, Servant Books).

Cavins is especially relevant to those who have left the Church and want to return because he served as a Protestant pastor for 12 years before coming back, which he describes in his book, “My Life on the Rock: A Rebel Returns to the Faith.”

On March 6, he will speak on “I’m Not Being Fed: Discovering the Food that Satisfies the Soul” beginning at 6 p.m., and “Walking Toward Eternity” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 7. It is $35 to attend both, with an optional $10 for boxed lunch. Limited space is available. Call 843-216-0039.

Cavins said the March 6 session focuses on the Eucharist because he wants the faithful to realize the importance of the sacrament.

In recent years, he met people who said they left the Church “because they weren’t being fed.”

“I want them to look at those feelings and try to understand what does it mean to be fed? We need to investigate who has the responsibility to feed you and who really can,” he said. “Jesus Christ can feed you. He’s the shepherd, and he feeds you His body and blood through the Eucharist. My hope is that people will come into a new appreciation for the Eucharist and how much God wants to love them and shepherd them. You don’t need to look outside the Church for answers.”

On March 7, Cavins will lead participants through a one-day retreat focused on helping them develop a relationship with God through forms of prayer, including praying through scripture with lectio divina.

Author and radio host Patrick Madrid will give a Lenten mission March 16-18 at St. Theresa the Little Flower Church, 11001 Dorchester Road in Summerville.

His talks will be at 7 p.m. each night. Topics are “Why Be Catholic (When You Can be Anything Else)?” on March 16; “Answers to Lies Society Tells You” on March 17; and “Search and Rescue: How You can Help People Come Home to the Church” on March 18. Admission is free; an offering will be taken.

Madrid is based in Ohio, where he hosts the daily “Patrick Madrid Show” on Immaculate Heart Radio and publishes Envoy magazine ( He has also written 16 books and numerous articles on church history, apologetics and prayer.

He said he hopes to reach both active Catholics and those who may have lapsed by showing them different ways of considering their faith. Madrid said “Search and Rescue” will be especially helpful for those who are trying to learn new ways to handle apologetics as they try to encourage friends or loved ones to join or come back to the faith.

“My goal is to help people, either for their own sake or for someone they know, to look at the Church from a perspective that will help it click for them,” he said.


Bishop's calendar for March 2015

The following is Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone’s calendar for March:
March 1—9 a.m., Mass, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Charleston
March 5—3:45 p.m., Mass for Diocesan Teachers’ Education Conference, St. John Neumann School, Columbia
March 7—9 a.m., South Carolina Catholic Men’s Conference Mass, St. Philip Neri, Fort Mill; 7 p.m., Pro-life prayer vigil, Planned Parenthood: Columbia Health Center
March 8—9 a.m., High School Youth Conference Mass, White Oak Retreat Center, Winnsboro
March 9—9:30 a.m., Secretariat meeting, Charleston
March 13—1:30 p.m., St. Mary’s Seminary board meeting, Houston, Texas
March 17—10 a.m., St. Patrick’s day parade, Charleston
March 18—10:30 a.m., Priest Personnel Board meeting, St. Joseph, Columbia; 2:30 p.m., Curia meeting, St. Joseph, Columbia
March 19—6:30 p.m., Vespers and dinner to honor consecrated men and women at Jesus Our Risen Savior Church, Spartanburg
March 20—9 a.m., Mass, St. Peter Church, Beaufort; 7 p.m., Pro-life prayer vigil, Greenville Women’s Clinic, Greenville
March 21—5 p.m., South Carolina Council of Catholic Women Convention Mass and banquet, Embassy Suites, Greenville
March 29—Palm Sunday
March 31—11 a.m., Chrism Mass, Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Charleston


Eight principals bid farewell

The Diocese of Charleston is losing eight of its principals, some of whom have been in the leadership position for many years — a couple even spanning decades.

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , director for Catholic education, said she knew several principals were talking about retirement, but she had hoped they’d spread it out over a couple of years so the diocese didn’t lose so many good leaders all at once.

Sister Catherine Noecker, Molly Halasz, Lisa Tanner and Roseann Tracy all announced their retirements recently. Between them, the principals tally 59 years of leadership experience, and that doesn’t count their time spent teaching.

Sister Catherine Noecker at St. Anthony of Padua in Greenville: The Franciscan sister has notched up 27 years as principal and is synonymous with the school. She celebrated her 25th anniversary as principal in 2013, along with the opening of a brand new school building.

Molly Halasz at St. Andrew in Myrtle Beach: Halasz took the reins in 1996 and has served as principal for 18 years.

Lisa Tanner at Summerville Catholic: Tanner has been a fixture at the school for 24 years, the last seven as principal.

Roseann Tracy at Blessed Sacrament in Charleston: Tracy has served as principal for seven years and was a teacher there for six years before that.

Other principals who are leaving include:
Sister Pamela Smith at St. John Paul II: Sister Pam, SSCM, had agreed to serve as interim principal of the new high school for two years in order to establish it on a sound footing. She is returning to her full-time position as diocesan secretary for education and faith formation.

Also leaving are: Michael Ryan at St. Anthony in Florence, who has served for two years, and Joe Benning at St. Peter in Beaufort and Stephen Hickey at Our Lady of Peace in North Augusta, both with three years as principal.

The schools are actively seeking qualified candidates. Contact the school’s parish church for application information.

CHECK OUT THE NEXT EDITION OF THE MISCELLANY for tributes to our longest-serving principals.


Bishop hosts book signing of 'Patrick N. Lynch, 1817-1882: Third Catholic Bishop of Charleston'

CHARLESTON—The University of South Carolina Press has published “Patrick N. Lynch, 1817-1882: Third Catholic Bishop of Charleston”, by Stephen J. White Sr., in collaboration with the late David C.R. Heisser, Ph.D.

Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone will host a book signing at his residence, 114 Broad St., on March 3 at 6:30 p.m.

White said this is the first biography of the Southern bishop, and attempts to provide a detailed narrative of his life.

“He was first and foremost a distinguished Roman Catholic prelate. But in many ways he was a renaissance man,” he said.

White is executive director of the Karpeles Manuscript Museum in Charleston and is the founder and director of the Charleston Historical Society. He is the author of “Irish Charleston”.

Heisser was an author, historian, and librarian. A native of Charleston, and product of Cathedral Grammar School and Bishop England High School, he taught at the university level for several decades and finished his career as a research librarian at The Citadel. He completed two decades of research on Bishop Lynch before he died in October 2010. He is the author of “The State Seal of South Carolina: A Short History”.

The biography of the influential Southern bishop, spans his critical Civil War experiences and beyond.

Patrick Neison Lynch, born in a small town in Ireland, became the third Roman Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Charleston, South Carolina. Bishop Lynch is remembered today mostly for his support of the Confederacy, his unofficial diplomatic mission to the Vatican on behalf of the Confederate cause, and for his ownership and management of slaves owned by the Catholic diocese. In this biography of Bishop Lynch, Heisser and White investigate those controversial issues in Bishop Lynch's life, but they also illuminate his intellectual character and his labors as bishop of Charleston in a critical era of the state and nation's religious history. During the nineteenth century, Catholics both assimilated into South Carolina's predominantly Protestant society and preserved their own faith and practices.

A native of Ireland, Bishop Lynch immigrated with his family to the town of Cheraw when he was a boy. At the age of 12, he became a protégé of Bishop John England, the founding bishop of the Diocese of Charleston. After Bishop Lynch studied at the seminary England founded in Charleston, Bishop England sent Bishop Lynch to prepare for the priesthood in Rome. The young man returned an accomplished scholar and became an integral part of Charleston's intellectual milieu. He served as parish priest, editor of a national religious newspaper, instructor in a seminary, and active member of nearly every literary, scientific, and philosophical society in Charleston.

Just three years before the outbreak of the Civil War, Bishop Lynch rose to the position of bishop of Charleston. During the war he distinguished himself in service to his city, state, and the Confederate cause, culminating in his "not-so-secret" mission to Rome on behalf of Jefferson Davis's government. Upon Bishop Lynch's return, which was accomplished only after a pardon from U. S. president Andrew Johnson, he dedicated himself to rebuilding his battered diocese and retiring an enormous debt that had resulted from the conflagration of 1861, which destroyed the Cathedral of St. John and St. Finbar, and wartime destruction in Charleston, Columbia, and throughout the state.

Bishop Lynch executed plans to assimilate newly freed slaves into the Catholic Church and to welcome Catholic emigrants from Europe and the Northern states. Traveling throughout the eastern United States he gave lectures to religious and secular organizations, presided over dedications of new churches, and gave sermons at consecrations of bishops and installations of cardinals, all the while begging for contributions to rebuild his diocese. Upon his death Bishop Lynch was celebrated throughout his city, state, and nation for his generosity of spirit, intellectual attainments, and dedication to his holy Church.

The book is available at



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