Confirmed  Office of Ethnic Ministries Diocesan events are below.   Scroll down for calendar.

Ethnic Ministry Events

Calendar of Events and Virtual Events 2020-21

For more information on  events Call Ethnic Ministries, 864-331-2627

JUNE, 2021

It’s Juneteenth! A Time to Pray, Reflect and Celebrate!.


Juneteenth is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. Originating in Galveston, Texas, it is now celebrated annually on June 19 throughout the United States, with varying official recognition. It is commemorated on the anniversary date of the June 19, 1865 announcement by Union Army general Gordon Granger, proclaiming freedom from slavery in Texas. This online gathering will feature a speaker, music and traditions that celebrates the culture of African Americans. Hosted by the Diocese of Charleston Office of Ethnic Ministries, Kathleen Merritt, Director. Speakers include: Most Reverend Robert E. Guglielmone,  the Honorable Arthur C. McFarland and Catholic musician Dr. Kevin Johnson.

July, 2021

Tuesday, July 20th

God’s Circle of Love; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources to use with Children and Teens

Hosted by the Diocese of Charleston Office of Ethnic Ministries. Presenters will share some creative ways of engaging in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with students in primary and secondary schools. The various categories for engaging include games, art, music, books, cultural celebrations and community service. Presenter are Kathleen Merritt, Michael Tran, Amy Johnson and Deacon Larry Deschaine.

Register at:  Zoom Registration “God’s Circle of Love”

December 25th 2020 Television Christmas Special – An afternoon in the Upstate with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston program aired Christmas night on Fox Carolina. Now available on YouTube Video: Christmas TV Special 2020 video

MLK Day Celebration 2021: : How Long? Not Long! RECORDING of THIS EVENT: MLK Celebration 2021 Recording Video

“How Long? Not Long” was Martin Luther Kings’ speech on March 25, 1965. Father Michael Okere will lead a spiritual reflection and Sister Roberta Fulton, SSMN, will lead a reflection on this historical speech in comparison to the pandemic and civil unrest in our country today. The peaceful remarks of Dr. King serves as a catalyst for hope peace and unity. Hosted by Kathleen Merritt. All are invited to join us.

Earth Day 2021 with our Native American Catholics  RECORDING of THIS EVENT: Earth Day Program 4/22/21

Included presentations:

  • Sister Trina McCormick, OP, MFA and Sister Anita Braganza, IBVM will share a native ritual from the Springbank Retreat Center in Kingstree, SC.
  • Deacon Larry Deschaine PHD, Pe will discuss what a sustainable ecosystem might look like by examining Pope Francis’s Encyclical “On Care for our Common Home (Laudato Si)”
  • Cathy Nelson will show us her Aquaponic Garden in Cottageville, SC and entertain us with a melody on her flute.
  • Mary Louise Worthy, Chief of the Lower Eastern Cherokee Nation will show the connection between mother earth and family unity.