Having issued a decree effective February 28, 2017, in accordance with canon 515, §2, amalgamating the Personal Parish of Good Shepherd, Columbia, South Carolina, with St. Peter Parish, Columbia, South Carolina;

Having considered the present condition of the Good Shepherd Church edifice and the cost of repairing and maintaining said edifice for future divine worship;

Having consulted the pastor of St. Peter Parish, which is the territorial parish to which the temporal goods of the Personal Parish of Good Shepherd were transferred, regarding the inability of St. Peter Parish to maintain Good Shepherd Church edifice in good and useable condition as to allow for divine worship;

Having sought and heard the counsel of the Presbyteral Council of the Diocese of Charleston on January 30, 2018; and in accordance with the norms of canon 1238, §2, and by testimony of this document;

I HEREBY DECREE the altar located within Good Shepherd Church edifice, Columbia, in order to exclude it from the possibility of any profane use (canon 1239, §1) be taken into ecclesiastical custody and reverently stored until such a need arises in another sacred location in accordance with the 2013 Procedural Guidelines for the Modification of Parishes, the Closure or Relegation of Churches to Profane but not Sordid Use, and the Alienation of the Same, (Prot. No. 20131348).

I direct that this decree be published on the website for the Diocese of Charleston, www.sccatholic.org, which will be presumed the official notification of this action. A petition for revocation or emendation of this decree is subject to canons 1732 – 1739.

This decree has an immediate effective date, nothing the contrary withstanding.

Given at Charleston, South Carolina, on the 2 day of March 2018.

Most Reverend Robert E. Guglielmone
Bishop of Charleston

Sr. Sandra Makowski, SSMN, JCL