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.
The Bicentennial logo was designed to represent the diversity that exists in the Diocese of Charleston. The architecture of our churches is varied and often reflects the original communities of Catholics who helped form the Church in South Carolina. Since we are an extensive diocese, it is divided into geographical regions, or deaneries, which fall under the limited authority of a dean. The composition in the logo includes one church from each deanery. They are: Aiken Deanery– St. Mary Help of Christians in Aiken; Beaufort Deanery– St. James the Greater in Walterboro; Charleston Deanery– the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston; Columbia Deanery– Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Camden; Greenville Deanery – St. Paul the Apostle in Spartanburg; Myrtle Beach Deanery – Our Lady Star of the Sea in North Myrtle Beach; and the Rock Hill Deanery– St. Catherine of Siena in Lancaster.