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The Journey of Catholicism in South Carolina

St. Mary's Catholic Church, Charleston, SC
Courtesy of Fr. Gregory West
St. Mary's Catholic Church, Charleston, SC

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Diocese of Charleston by Pope Pius VII. This makes it the seventh oldest Roman Catholic diocese in the United States. At that time, the diocese comprised the states of Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. In spite of a ban on Catholicism in the Colonial era, it arrived in Carolina much earlier than 1820 via both colonists and enslaved persons.

Dr. Patrick Cary, Professor Emeritus of Theology at Marquette University, and Dr. Alison McLetchie, Assistant Professor of Social Sciences at S.C. State University, join Walter Edgar to talk about the history of Catholicism in South Carolina, and its journey from prohibition to a thriving Christian tradition.

All Stations: Fri, Sep 11, 12 pm | News Stations: Sun, Sep 13, 4 pm

Documentary: https://vimeo.com/415619367?fbclid=IwAR1phw1opuo32qhrD7pf7msdclhauIooXFcXAFpft9Y8N8gLhIwdKjiHcrw">We Came A Long Way By Faith: Catholic Hill and St. James the Greater Catholic Church

Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar receivedhisA.B.degreefromDavidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.