Browse Exhibits (7 total)

History of the Diocese of Charleston


In August of 2015, the Diocese of Charleston opened its doors to a new pastoral center. An exhibit was created for visitors viewing the new facility during its grand opening.  The exhibit focuses on the thirteen bishops and their legacies.

Bishop England High School Centennial Celebration, 1915-2015


Bishop England High School (BEHS), a Catholic high school, was founded in 1915 by Reverend Joseph O'Brien and Reverend J.J. May with the approval of Henry N. Northrop, fourth bishop of Charleston.  The school offered two courses of study, Classical and Commercial, and was conducted in the Cathedral Grammar School building on Queen Street.  After the first year, Mrs. Thomas F. Ryan of New York, New York, donated property, formerly the Cenacle Sisters house, to the diocese to be used for the new high school building.  The school moved to the new location and it was renamed Bishop England High School after the first bishop of Charleston, John England. The students remained in the former convent until 1919 when they transferred to a temporary building on George Street while awaiting construction of the new high school building at 203 Calhoun Street. In 1921, Bishop William Russell laid the cornerstone for the new building and it opened in 1922. The students remained on Calhoun Street, with multiple additions to accommodate the growth of students until 1995, when David Thompson, the eleventh bishop of Charleston decided the grounds of BEHS would no longer serve for the Catholic school.  In 1997, Bishop Thompson blessed the grounds on Daniel Island where the new school building was erected.  The school opened in the fall of 1998 where it remains today.

Roughing it with Religion: Camp St. Mary, 1931-1963


Camp St. Mary, a catechetical education camp, was a camp on the Okatee River near Bluffton, South Carolina. It operated from 1929 into the early 1980s.

Images depict summers at Camp St. Mary from 1931-1963.

Shock in the Holy City: The Charleston Earthquake of 1886

On August 31, 1886, around 9:50 p.m. a powerful earthquake shook Charleston, South Carolina. The earthquake is estimated to have been between 6.6 and 7.3 on the Richter scale and is one of the most powerful and costly earthquakes to hit the southeastern United States. This earthquake was reported from distant places such as Boston, Massachusetts; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Chicago, Illinois; Cuba; and Bermuda.

27 people died on the night of the quake, with 56 more earthquake-related deaths recorded between September and October.  

Back to School


Since the founding of Charleston's first seminary in 1822, the diocese has looked towards academic excellence by serving, supporting, and challenging teachers and students in the Catholic community.  This exhibit explores Catholic based education in South Carolina.

Remembering Popes: Their Links to the Diocese of Charleston


This exhibit remembers former popes and highlights their links to the Diocese of Charleston through images, correspondence, commemorative medals, and a plenary indulgence.

Bull for the See of Charleston


An apostolic or papal bull is a decree issued by the pope of the Roman Catholic Church.  The word "bull" comes from the Latin bulla which means seal.  It is named for the lead seal affixed to the end of the document.  The 1820 Bull of Erection for the Diocese of Charleston was the official decree in which the Diocese of Charleston was formed.  Pope Pius VII gave the bull to Bishop John England.