Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Text Size

Current News

Bishop hosts book signing of 'Patrick N. Lynch, 1817-1882: Third Catholic Bishop of Charleston'

CHARLESTON—The University of South Carolina Press has published “Patrick N. Lynch, 1817-1882: Third Catholic Bishop of Charleston”, by Stephen J. White Sr., in collaboration with the late David C.R. Heisser, Ph.D.

Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone will host a book signing at his residence, 114 Broad St., on March 3 at 6:30 p.m.

White said this is the first biography of the Southern bishop, and attempts to provide a detailed narrative of his life.

“He was first and foremost a distinguished Roman Catholic prelate. But in many ways he was a renaissance man,” he said.

White is executive director of the Karpeles Manuscript Museum in Charleston and is the founder and director of the Charleston Historical Society. He is the author of “Irish Charleston”.

Heisser was an author, historian, and librarian. A native of Charleston, and product of Cathedral Grammar School and Bishop England High School, he taught at the university level for several decades and finished his career as a research librarian at The Citadel. He completed two decades of research on Bishop Lynch before he died in October 2010. He is the author of “The State Seal of South Carolina: A Short History”.

The biography of the influential Southern bishop, spans his critical Civil War experiences and beyond.

Patrick Neison Lynch, born in a small town in Ireland, became the third Roman Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Charleston, South Carolina. Bishop Lynch is remembered today mostly for his support of the Confederacy, his unofficial diplomatic mission to the Vatican on behalf of the Confederate cause, and for his ownership and management of slaves owned by the Catholic diocese. In this biography of Bishop Lynch, Heisser and White investigate those controversial issues in Bishop Lynch's life, but they also illuminate his intellectual character and his labors as bishop of Charleston in a critical era of the state and nation's religious history. During the nineteenth century, Catholics both assimilated into South Carolina's predominantly Protestant society and preserved their own faith and practices.

A native of Ireland, Bishop Lynch immigrated with his family to the town of Cheraw when he was a boy. At the age of 12, he became a protégé of Bishop John England, the founding bishop of the Diocese of Charleston. After Bishop Lynch studied at the seminary England founded in Charleston, Bishop England sent Bishop Lynch to prepare for the priesthood in Rome. The young man returned an accomplished scholar and became an integral part of Charleston's intellectual milieu. He served as parish priest, editor of a national religious newspaper, instructor in a seminary, and active member of nearly every literary, scientific, and philosophical society in Charleston.

Just three years before the outbreak of the Civil War, Bishop Lynch rose to the position of bishop of Charleston. During the war he distinguished himself in service to his city, state, and the Confederate cause, culminating in his "not-so-secret" mission to Rome on behalf of Jefferson Davis's government. Upon Bishop Lynch's return, which was accomplished only after a pardon from U. S. president Andrew Johnson, he dedicated himself to rebuilding his battered diocese and retiring an enormous debt that had resulted from the conflagration of 1861, which destroyed the Cathedral of St. John and St. Finbar, and wartime destruction in Charleston, Columbia, and throughout the state.

Bishop Lynch executed plans to assimilate newly freed slaves into the Catholic Church and to welcome Catholic emigrants from Europe and the Northern states. Traveling throughout the eastern United States he gave lectures to religious and secular organizations, presided over dedications of new churches, and gave sermons at consecrations of bishops and installations of cardinals, all the while begging for contributions to rebuild his diocese. Upon his death Bishop Lynch was celebrated throughout his city, state, and nation for his generosity of spirit, intellectual attainments, and dedication to his holy Church.

The book is available at http://www.sc.edu/uscpress/books/2014/7404.html



St. Mary/Christ Our King win basketball tourney

CHARLESTON—March Madness came early as basketball teams around the state competed in the Diocese of Charleston’s 45th annual Youth Basketball Tournament.

Hosted by Summerville Catholic, a total of 14 schools/parishes participated in the competition: St. Mary Help of Christians, Aiken; St. Mary, Our Lady of the Rosary, and St. Mary Magdalene, Greenville; Charleston Catholic, Blessed Sacrament and St. Joseph, Charleston; Christ Our King-Stella Maris, Mount Pleasant; St. Francis, Hilton Head; St. Michael, Murrells Inlet; St. Andrew, Myrtle Beach; Nativity, James Island; St. Gregory the Great, Bluffton; and Summerville Catholic.

The championship winners are:

Senior boys: St. Mary edged out Blessed Sacrament, 28-24.

Senior girls: St. Mary beat Christ Our King-Haring, 32-18.

Junior boys: Christ Our King-Hollister topped Christ Our King-Womble, 44-30.

Junior girls: St. Mary knocked out Christ Our King-White, 31-7.

Winning teams from St. Mary - Greenville (Provided)

Winning team from Christ Our King-Hollister (Provided)


Celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life

A Celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life was held for Greenville area women religious on Feb. 7. Hosted by the Poor Clare Monastery and sponsored by Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, the event included Mass followed by reception and lunch.

Pictured are: Dominican Sister Mary Sheila Maksim, Poor Clare Sister Carolyn Forgette, Franciscan Sister Margie Hosch, Franciscan Sister Catherine Noecker, and Bon Secours Sister Dorothy Brogan.



‘Catholic Day at the Capitol’ promotes loud voice of faith

COLUMBIA—The first “Catholic Day at the Capitol” offered the chance to learn how faith plays a role in the political process.

The event on Jan. 28 started with Mass celebrated by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone at St. Joseph Church. The crowd of almost 200 then moved to a building on the Statehouse grounds, where a catered breakfast provided a chance to meet with legislators and hear speakers.

Several Catholic lawmakers in the legislature attended and were introduced to the crowd. Speakers included Orin Smith of the Palmetto Policy Forum, Carol Walters of Catholics for Freedom of Religion, Alexia Newman from the Carolina Pregnancy Center, Lisa Van Riper of First Steps, and Jacqualine Kasprowski, associate director for secondary education for the diocese.

They provided information about religious freedom, early childhood education, school choice, and prolife legislation, including a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. A similar bill failed in the state Senate last year.

Bishop Guglielmone spoke to participants about how important it is that people of faith raise their voices in the public square.

“The question is, how do we make God’s kingdom come about here on earth? All of us have special gifts and opportunities to build up that kingdom,” the bishop said. “We have a role in making this state a better place for all God’s people, and we have a voice about what we envision in terms of what God is calling us to do. I pray that we will continue to work to make South Carolina more of more of what we want it to be — a reflection of God’s kingdom.”

After the morning session, participants had the chance to meet with their legislators to discuss issues.

Attendees included families with children, young couples, and senior citizens. A large delegation from Immaculate Conception Church in Goose Creek showed legislators models of 10- to 12-week old babies in the womb to remind them of the importance of life.

Students from Cardinal Newman School in Columbia and St. Anne School in Rock Hill attended to learn more about the political process and their role as Catholic citizens in South Carolina.


Page 1 of 12