As the clock ticks steadily towards July, the Diocese of Charleston is preparing to commemorate the past and embrace the future with the 200th anniversary of its founding.
Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone will commence the yearlong celebration with a Solemn Vespers service on July 11 at 6 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, 120 Broad St. It is open to all.
Heavenly Father, source of all good things, in every generation You gather a people to yourself and endow them with the means to spread Your Gospel.
Through Your Son, Jesus Christ, you have formed the parishes and missions of South Carolina into one body working to build your Kingdom across our seven deaneries of Aiken, Beaufort, Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Myrtle Beach, and Rock Hill.
Through Your Holy Spirit, give us generous and sacrificial hearts as our diocese enters its third century. Transform us into good stewards of the blessings You bestow upon each one of us.
As one family in faith, we pray that our gifts strengthen our parishes and missions, form Catholics to Believe in the Gospel, and guide us to live your Gospel through social outreach.
We ask all of this through our one Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.