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  • 15-Oct-2021 3:33 PM | Russ Whited (Administrator)

    Ben Sands, founder of Sands Leadership will discuss;

    Breakthrough Catholic Leadership:

    A 5-Step Game Plan To Succeed At Work Without Compromising Your Faith

    In this engaging, interactive talk with executive coach Ben Sands, you will learn:

    • A five-step “game plan” to help you accelerate your professional career without having to compromise your personal faith.
    • The top three "roadblocks" holding Catholic leaders back from achieving both professional success AND healthy, holy lives.
    • The surprising advice that Jesus has for Catholic business leaders and why the Bible is the best leadership development guide ever written.
    • How the most "successful" Catholic leaders build trust with, and earn the respect of, colleagues who don't share their faith.
    • The #1 mistake that Catholic professionals make when making career decisions.
    • And more…
  • 10-Sep-2021 2:04 PM | Russ Whited (Administrator)

    Steve Wood a Catholic Radio program host and Catholic apologist  celebrated the launch of WBEI at Bishop England High School. Steve’s highly regarded shows on South Carolina Catholic Radio are Faith & Family and Luke 21.

    Founder and president, Family Life Center International, former evangelical pastor, and founder, St. Joseph’s Covenant Keepers, Steve has led youth, campus, and pro-life ministries for more than forty years. A graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, he served as an evangelical pastor for a decade before his entire family converted to Catholicism in 1990. Responding to a challenge from Pope John Paul II to strengthen families, he started the Family Life Center International in 1992. The Family Life Center has touched the lives of thousands of families in more than eighty countries. In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI awarded Steve the "For the Church and for the Pope" (Pro Ecclesia Et Pontifice) medal, an award given for distinguished service to the church, in recognition for his work with St. Joseph's Covenant Keepers. Steve and his organization along with a library of resources for the family is available at

  • 14-Jun-2021 1:55 PM | Russ Whited (Administrator)

    The vast majority of souls that leave the Catholic Church do so during their late teens and early twenties, which are also for many, the college years. Emma Kate Lively, a Catholic campus missionary for FOCUS, has been called to do something about this. Please take a few moments to watch Emma Kate’s story from the trenches of today’s spiritual warfare. She shares her faith journey and her service as a witness to the Good News of the Gospel and the gift of grace found in the Sacraments of the Catholic Church. Emma Kate’s mission is supported by the charity of others, so please, take a few moments to watch her testimony and learn why it is more important than ever to carry the truth of Christ to young people today.

  • 06-Jun-2021 11:38 AM | Russ Whited (Administrator)

    Erin and Cody Groeber share how their journey of faith has led them to respond to a prompt to launch a new Catholic Classical High School in Charleston, Corpus Christi Academy. To learn more, please go to:

  • 13-May-2021 2:31 PM | Russ Whited (Administrator)

    Sister Pamela Smith discusses her new book, State of Grace: A History of the Diocese of Charleston. Her book highlights the role of the laity in building the Church in South Carolina. During the discussion she suggests that lay Catholics today may want to draw inspiration from these leaders in the past.

  • 10-Apr-2021 11:55 AM | Russ Whited (Administrator)
    Michael Tracy shares his life's journey and process of discernment that led him to the seminary.
  • 14-Mar-2021 7:46 AM | Russ Whited (Administrator)

    The Board of the Carolina Catholic Professionals is pleased to announce that our founder, Frank Dirks, has been awarded the Benemerenti Medal by Pope Francis.

    The Benemerenti Medal is awarded by the Pope to members of the clergy and laity for service to the Catholic Church. Bishop Guglielmone of the Catholic Diocese of Charleston bestowed the medal upon him on March 7th at 3:00PM in a small ceremony at the Cathedral of John the Baptist.   Frank is a humble man so we have to do the boasting for him.  Through an abundance of prayer and reflection Frank founded Carolina Catholic Professionals in January of 2017  with the goal to organize a group of Catholic professionals who would support one another and provide a network for faith sharing and service.  Carolina Catholic Professionals  meets on the First Friday of every month at the Meeting Hall adjacent to the Diocesan Offices at 901 Orange Grove Road in West Ashley.  During the pandemic the meetings have been virtual. 

    At the meetings we ask our speakers to discuss their personal journey of faith and their work in the world and what they see to be meaningful trends and developments in our community, state, and nation.  Carolina Catholic Professionals is a Charleston-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization associated with Lucis Via Charities, Inc.  Funds raised through the organization have helped to establish Catholic Radio in South Carolina at Bishop England High School, supported the Daughters of St Paul mission, gathered food for Our Lady of Mercy, advocated for residents of Charleston impacted by gentrification, and laid the ground work for the St John Cemetery Project.  

    Watch Ceremony

    Congratulations to Frank Dirks on a well deserved award from the Holy See!
  • 11-Mar-2021 8:31 PM | Russ Whited (Administrator)

    A historian and passionate Catholic

  • 06-Feb-2021 10:06 AM | Russ Whited (Administrator)

    Lisa Cottingham, Director of Roper Saint Francis Mission, shares her journey of faith and explains what makes Catholic healthcare unique. Moreover, Lisa explores the way that Catholic Social Teaching deepens our understanding of how a love for Christ opens the way to more fully serve our brothers and sisters.

    The US Conference of Catholic Bishops guidelines for
     “Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services

  • 08-Jan-2021 2:43 PM | Russ Whited (Administrator)

    Dr. Peter Bleyer shared his experiences and opinions on how a faithful Catholic physician must manage patient care and the demands of health care industry. Among the resources discussed include the Catholic Medical Association  and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops guidelines for “Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services”

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