In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the June 20, 2020 Bicentennial Celebration has been canceled. For now, we will work to find other ways later in the year for us to come together and celebrate the history of our diocese. Further details will be made available as they develop.

On July 11, 2020, the Diocese of Charleston will celebrate the 200th anniversary of its historic founding. Pope Pius VII canonically established the diocese 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.

We look forward to celebrating the presence of the Catholic Church in South Carolina through deanery and parish events. We will give thanks to God for all that we have been given through our faith, prayer, and values.

Bookmark this page for the Calendar of Events happening around the state.

Invitation from the Bishop of Cork

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.


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Bicentennial Prayer

Heavenly Father, source of all good things, in every generation You gather a people to yourself and endow them with the means to spread Your Gospel.

Through Your Son, Jesus Christ, you have formed the parishes and missions of South Carolina into one body working to build your Kingdom across our seven deaneries of Aiken, Beaufort, Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Myrtle Beach, and Rock Hill.

Through Your Holy Spirit, give us generous and sacrificial hearts as our diocese enters its third century. Transform us into good stewards of the blessings You bestow upon each one of us.

As one family in faith, we pray that our gifts strengthen our parishes and missions, form Catholics to Believe in the Gospel, and guide us to live your Gospel through social outreach.

We ask all of this through our one Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.