Prot. N. 401-2023

By the Grace of God and Authority of the Apostolic See


    Canon 515 §2: It is only for the diocesan bishop to erect, suppress, or alter parishes. He is neither to erect, suppress, nor alter notably parishes, unless he has heard the presbyteral council.

Whereas the Catholic Community at Carolina Forest was established on July 25, 2020, to meet the growing spiritual needs of the Catholic Faithful in Horry County, South Carolina; and

Whereas the existing capacities of the parishes in Horry County are inadequate to meet the pastoral needs associated with the projected growth in the Carolina Forest area of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; and

Whereas it is now deemed necessary to form a new territorial parish within the Diocese of Charleston; and

Whereas having ascertained that there is sufficient means and resources for the support of the Pastor and for the proper maintenance of the temporal goods of the Parish; and

Wherefore, willingly desiring in all things to promote the greater glory of God and desirous of providing for the good of souls; and

Considering the petitions made to me by several members of the clergy and lay faithful for the creation of this new territorial parish in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; and

Having sought and heard the counsel of the Presbyteral Council of the Diocese of Charleston on October 4, 2022; and

Having faithfully observed the requirements of the law; and

To Provide more suitably for the spiritual and pastoral care of souls; and

Invoking the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and of His Mother, the Ever-Blessed Virgin Mary,

I, the undersigned Bishop of Charleston, South Carolina, exercising my ordinary power, herewith establish and erect in accordance with the norms of canons 515 §2, the Territorial Parish of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with all the rights, obligations, and privileges granted it by law.

The territorial boundaries for the Parish of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, shall include:

All that portion of Horry County enclosed by a line beginning at a midpoint of the Intracoastal Waterway at its intersection with Robert M Grissom Parkway; then continuing southwest along the midpoint of the Intracoastal Waterway to its intersection with Highway 501; proceeding northwest along Highway 501 to its intersection with Gardner Lacy Road; then proceeding northeast along Gardner Lacy Road to its intersection with Carolina Forest Road; then curving southerly along Carolina Forest Road to its merger with Caldee Court; then continuing easterly along Caldee Court to its intersection with Carolina Forest Road;  then proceeding north along Carolina Forest Road to its merger with Three R Drive; proceeding northeast along Three R Drive to its intersection with International Drive; then proceeding southeast along International Drive to its merger with Robert M Grissom Parkway; continuing along Robert M Grissom Parkway to its intersection with a midpoint of the Intracoastal Waterway; and ending there.

This Territorial Parish is assigned to the Myrtle Beach Deanery.

In the allocation of patrimonial goods, rights, and obligations, equity and justice must be observed, and the intentions of founders and donors must be respected (c. 122, 1°-2°).

We concede and decree that the said Parish and Church shall enjoy all rights and privileges, which by law, parish churches possess by virtue of the universal law of the Church and the particular law and lawful customs of our Diocese.

This Decree is effective beginning 6 February 2023. It is to be communicated to the faithful of the Diocese and to the Pastor of the newly created Parish (c. 532).  This decree is to be published on the website for the Diocese of Charleston,, which will be presumed the official notification of this action. Those who feel their rights have been injured may challenge this Decree within the peremptory time limit of ten days from the legitimate notification of the Decree and in accordance with the norm of law (c. 1734 §2).

Given at Charleston, South Carolina, on the 6th day of February 2023.

Most Reverend Jacques Fabre-Jeune, CS
Bishop of Charleston

Sr. Sandra Makowski, SSMN, JCL