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Bishop makes updates to diocesan leadership structure

Bishop Jacques Fabre-Jeune, CS, has worked to restructure some of the leadership at the diocesan level. He sent a message to priests and all diocesan employees on March 17 to announce that, effective April 3, the following changes will take place:

Rev. Msgr. D. Anthony Droze, VG, will continue as pastor of St. Mary of the Annunciation Church in Charleston and will conduct pastoral work outside the Pastoral Center as vicar general. His role will specifically address the needs of our priests, parishes and schools.

Very Rev. Gregory B. Wilson, VG, is rector of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston and will be vicar general to conduct internal work with the Pastoral Center offices and staff.

Rev. Msgr. Richard D. Harris will continue as pastor of St. Joseph Church in Columbia and continues to head the Office of Child and Youth Protection and Building and Renovation Advisory Committee as a vicar with executive authority.

The bishop thanked Msgr. Harris for his many years of service as a vicar general, throughout which the diocese has experienced immense growth and prosperity.

“Thanks to his sound leadership, support and guidance, we have been given great opportunities to evangelize and continue to build the Kingdom of God in South Carolina. His contributions are immeasurable,” the message read.

In addition, Bishop Fabre announced the appointment of Michael F. Acquilano as the new Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the diocese, reporting directly to the bishop.

The COO position is responsible for all Pastoral Center activity, assisting diocesan offices in working cooperatively to accomplish strategic priorities as a diocese. Acquilano will oversee the day-to-day administration and staff in cooperation with the vicars general. He retains his current role as secretary of Communications and Public Affairs until further notice.

Using his imagery of the collaborative work of bees, the bishop’s message said that the diocese will endeavor to make the Pastoral Center and the entire Diocese of Charleston a sweet place to be.

“We offer prayers for our whole diocesan team as we begin this new endeavor to better serve the people of God as one family in faith,” he said.