200th Anniversary of the Diocese of Charleston
On July 20, 2020, the Diocese of Charleston will celebrate the 200th anniversary of its historic founding. Pope Pius VII canonically established the diocese on July 11, 1820. Thanks to the foresight of our first bishop, Most. Rev. John England, and his successors, a once scattered flock of only a handful of souls is now a community of believers over 200,000 strong. The clergy, religious women and men, and the laity have cemented the presence of our faith through sacrifice, resilience and hope.