Pope Pius VII canonically established the Diocese of Charleston on July 11, 1820. Thanks to the foresight of our first bishop, Most. Rev. John England, and his successors, a once scattered flock of only a handful of souls is now a community of believers over 200,000 strong. The clergy, religious women and men, and the laity have cemented the presence of our faith through sacrifice, resilience, and hope.
On July 11, 2020, the diocese celebrated the 200th anniversary of its founding with a Vigil Mass in Columbia. We were pleased to be joined by Archbishop Gregory John Hartmayer of Atlanta for the celebration. Watch the recorded livestream for this historic event on either Facebook.com/DioceseChas or YouTube.com/DioceseChas.
Most Rev. Fintan Gavin, Bishop of Cork and Ross, Ireland, welcomes all Catholics to the birthplace of John England, the first Bishop of the Diocese of Charleston.