Having assigned St. Ann, Holly Hill, South Carolina, as a chapel of the territorial parish of St. Ann, Santee, South Carolina, in a decree issued September 21, 2004; Having consulted with Rev. Samuel Oloyede, OP, Administrator of St. Ann Parish, Santee, and St. Ann Chapel, Holly Hill, regarding the inability of St. Ann Parish to provide the necessary maintenance to St. Ann Chapel to preserve it in a good and useable condition;
Having ensured the Catholic Faithful of Holly Hill, South Carolina, are to be provided for by St. Ann Parish, Santee, and, therefore, the good of souls suffers no detriment;
Having determined that no persons can claim legitimate rights in St. Ann Chapel, Holly Hill;
Having sought and heard the counsel of the Presbyteral Council of the Diocese of Charleston on September 15, 2014; and in accordance with the norms of canon 1222 §2, and by testimony of this document;
I hereby decree St. Ann Chapel, Holly Hill, be relegated to profane but not sordid use.
The grave reasons that motivate this decision were presented in full to the Presbyteral Council. St. Ann Parish, Santee, is clearly unable to provide for the expenses associated with the necessary maintenance to the structure; the resources of the Diocese of Charleston are insufficient for preserving and maintaining the church; and other sources of revenue are not currently available for such purpose. In addition, the decline in the Catholic worshiping community at St. Ann Chapel, the relative proximity of other worship communities and churches, as well as the best use of available priest personnel further promote this decision.
I 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. A petition for revocation or emendation of this decree is subject to canons 1732 – 1739.
The relegation of St. Ann Chapel, Holly Hill, to profane but not sordid use is to become effective Monday, October 20, 2014, nothing the contrary withstanding. Given at Charleston, South Carolina, on the 3rd day of October 2014.
Most Reverend Robert E. Guglielmone
Bishop of Charleston
Sr. Sandra Makowski, SSMN, JCL