Whereas the current allocation of the Catholic Faithful in Clarendon County, South Carolina, is such that it is now deemed necessary to form a new territorial parish within the Diocese of Charleston. Having sought and heard the counsel of the Presbyteral Council of the Diocese of Charleston on April 8, 2014, and in accordance with the norms of canon 515, ยง1-3 and by testimony of this document; I hereby erect the territorial parish of St. Mary, Our Lady of Hope in Manning, South Carolina, and appoint Rev. Samuel Oloyede, OP, as its Administrator. The territorial boundaries for the Parish of St. Mary, Our Lady of Hope, Manning, shall encompass the parish boundaries currently held by the Parish of St. Mary, Summerton, which includes Clarendon County in its entirety.

I direct that this decree be given to Rev. Samuel Oloyede, OP, who is also the administrator of the current Parish of St. Mary, Summerton, and that this information be communicated at all Masses of obligation on the weekend of Saturday, June 7, 2014, and Sunday, June 8, 2014. I further direct that this decree be published on the website for the Diocese of Charleston, sccatholic.org, which will be presumed the official notification of this action.

The erection of St. Mary, Our Lady of Hope, Manning, as a territorial parish is to become effective Sunday, June 15, 2014, nothing the contrary withstanding. Given at Charleston, South Carolina, on the 30th day of May 2014.

Most Reverend Robert E. Guglielmone
Bishop of Charleston

Sr. Sandra Makowski, SSMN, JCL
Chancellor

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