Friday, August 10, 2018

GREAT NEWS IN SOUTH CAROLIINA, A STATE VERY CLOSE TO ME AND BLESSED BY GOD


As Protestant churches in South Carolina dwindle, Catholic churches flourish. Here’s why

The Charlotte Observer Thu, Aug 9 1:00 AM EDT

1 comment:

Fr. Michael J. Kavanaugh said...

Bluffton, SC, was a quiet, waterfront town until around the early 2000's when Del Webb's Sun City Hilton Head got started. The parish church there was St. Andrew's, a small - 300 capacity - church that was often referred to as the Pinckney Colony Church. The Pinckney family had been in that area and owned vast acreage in that area.

I was pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes in Port Wentworth, Georgia, the bordering parish in the bordering diocese when my friend Fr. Greg West was made pastor in Bluffton with the mandate from the bishop to buy land a build a BIG church in anticipation of the anticipated influx of Yankee Catholics to Sun City. They bought land and built a 900 seat church and have since added a school. There's a Catholic high school, St John Paul II, not far away.

Pretty amazing expansion in short order, indeed!