Bishop Peter Jugis

Biography: Bishop Peter J. Jugis, JCD

bishop-bioBishop Peter Joseph Jugis is a native of Charlotte, N.C., and is the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Charlotte.


Bishop Jugis was baptized at St. Ann Catholic Church in Charlotte in 1957 by Monsignor Michael J. Begley, who would later become the first bishop of the newly formed Diocese of Charlotte in 1972.


Bishop Jugis was educated in Catholic and public schools in his hometown of Charlotte, earning a degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1979. After graduation he entered the seminary at the Pontifical North American College in Rome and studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome..


He was ordained to the priesthood on June 12, 1983, by Blessed John Paul II in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.


Bishop Jugis earned additional degrees in canon law after his ordination. The Pontifical Gregorian University awarded him a licentiate in1984. In 1993 he received his doctorate in canon law (JCD) from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Learn about Bishop Jugis' coat of arms

JgsCtArmIt is tradition for every bishop to have his own coat of arms and motto.


Similar to many bishops' coats of arms, Bishop Peter J. Jugis' coat of arms is composed of the shield with its charges, motto and external armaments. But the details of the design and the motto have special significance to Bishop Jugis.


"Bishop Jugis impales his personal heraldic device onto the arms of this diocese to represent his governance of the people of God in the church of Charlotte," explained Father James Parker, a priest of the Diocese of Charleston, S.C., who designed the coat of arms.


Father Parker is a heraldic designer who has devised arms for cardinals, other members of the hierarchy and various church institutions. He is a member of the Heraldry Society of England, Scotland, Canada and the American Society of Heraldry.


The coat of arms' artwork is by Father Larry Lossing, a priest of the Diocese of Orlando, Fla., and a professional artist.

Bishop Jugis promulgated documents and policies PDF  | Print |  E-mail

• Ash Wednesday 2004: Public apology to clergy sex abuse victims. Listen to the full homily here.

Worthy to Receive the Lamb: Catholics in Political Life and the Reception of Holy Communion (with the Archdiocese of Atlanta and the Diocese of Charleston) August 2004

Liturgical Norms of the Diocese of Charlotte - March 2005

• Pastoral letter on Comprehensive Immigration Reform (2005) with bishops of the Province of Atlanta

• Guiding the Roles of Pastors and Pastoral Councils, Pastoral Council and Commissions Manual - November 2007

Diocesan Policy for Cemeteries and Columbaria - March 2007

Lutheran-Catholic Covenant Renewal (12/2/2007) with Bishop Leonard Bolick of the NC Synod of the ELCA and Bishop Burbidge

Promulgation of Diocesan Pastoral Plan for Hispanic Ministry (8/8/2009)

Liturgical Guidelines for the Rite of Confirmation

Marriage Preparation Policies of the Diocese of Charlotte (9/15/2009)

Catholic Voice NC is the non-partisan, public policy watchdog organization for North Carolina's two bishops which was started in 2009. The bishops are kept apprised of legislative matters before the General Assembly and the U. S. Congress. When the situation warrants, the bishops inform Catholic Voice NC participants, via an e-mail alert, of an important matter. Read all of the bishops' statements.

• Bishop Jugis started the Eucharistic Congress in Charlotte in 2005. Read his homilies and columns.

St. Patrick Cathedral place of pilgrimage during its 75th anniversary year decree (March 2014)

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