February 4th, 2023 – Class of 2023 Ordination

Rehearsal for the Class of 2023 will be held February 3rd at 4 PM in The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Charleston, SC.

The Ordination will be held at 11 AM on February 4th at The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Charleston, SC.

February 24th, 25th, & 26th – 2023 Retreat and Convocation

Chris Padgett will be our guest speaker at the retreat. For over a decade Chris has been doing ministry around the country using the medium of music and message to communicate the truth of Christ’s love and forgiveness in a way that makes a difference. The theme for the 2023 Retreat will be Deacons as Evangelizers of Today’s Youth – Getting Their Attention, Reinforcing Their Faith and Retaining the Next Generation of Catholics.

Doubletree by Hilton, Columbia, SC – Friday will be a social night; Saturday will be filled with sessions, Mass, and banquet; Sunday will provide additional sessions, update of the diaconate, deanery meetings, and closing remarks. Registration starts at 3PM on Friday; Saturday being with breakfast at 7:30, Mass at 5:30, and banquet begins at 7 PM; Sunday begins with breakfast at 7:30 with departure from hotel at noon.

April 29th, 2023 – Day of Education

Homiletics: The challenges deacons face amid the declining attention spans and contemplative inclinations of their listeners (or substitute “the congregation” for “their listeners”)

Our Lady of the Hills Catholic Church, Columbia, SC 0830-1400

Karl will give us a presentation based on Cardinal Martini’s “The School of the Word” – a dynamic model for bringing the Bible to life, literally and figuratively.

Light breakfast and lunch will be served

September 23rd, 2023 – Day of Education

Catholic Marriage and the Process of Nullity Declaration- Father Thomas Miles

Our Lady of the Hills Catholic Church, Columbia, SC 0830-1400

Father Miles will review the prenuptial requirements and the forms and process of nullity declaration.

Light breakfast and lunch will be served