A History of the Diocese of Charleston: State of Grace

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In 1820, the Catholic Diocese of Charleston was established, and Bishop John England arrived from Ireland. His new diocese encompassed North and South Carolina, Georgia and, for a time, Haiti. From 1859 to 1885, when Patrick Lynch and Henry Northrop were bishops of Charleston, the diocese included the Bahama Islands. However, the history of Catholics in the diocese—which now covers all of South Carolina—began much earlier. The arrival of Spanish settlers and missionary priests dated back more than 150 years before there was a diocese on American soil. Sister Pam Smith charts the history of the diocese from the first words of prayer uttered on Santa Elena in the sixteenth century through the interfaith singing of a reformed slaveholder’s hymn at a painful funeral in the twenty-first century.
ISBN: 9781467145879
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: South Carolina
Images: 52
Pages: 256
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Sister Pamela Smith, SSCM, PhD, has served in the Diocese of Charleston since 2004 in a variety of educational and administrative roles. She is currently director of ecumenical and interreligious affairs for the diocese. She is the author of fifteen books. They include prose works on biblical spirituality and environmental ethics and three collections of poetry focused on the experience of racial and ethnic minorities and those living with chronic illness. The Catholic Miscellany has run her biweekly column since 2015. This book reflects research that has been assisted by numerous diocesan personnel and historians who live in South Carolina and have graciously shared their wisdom, as well as stories gleaned from travel around the tri-state area that was the original diocese.
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