Moments in Diocesan History

stpatrick clt Begley procession

On 9 February 2002 the first Ordinary of the Diocese of Charlotte, Bishop Michael Begley, passed from this life. He was the Shepherd of the Diocese of Charlotte from 1972 until his retirement in 1984. He fell asleep in theContinue reading REQUIESCAT IN PACE


On January 30th, 1956, Bishop Vincent Waters of the Diocese of Raleigh dedicated the newly contructed church of St. Stephen in Elkin. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass had been offered in Elkin since the opening of St. John BaptistContinue reading ST. STEPHEN IN ELKIN



On June 17, 1962, Bishop Vincent Waters dedicated Sacred Heart Chapel in Burnsville. The first pastors who served this mountain mission were Glenmary priests. Sacred Heart was originally a mission of St. Lucien in Spruce Pine but in 1986 wasContinue reading THE CHURCH IN BURNSVILLE


On 1 August 1869, Bp. (later Cardinal) James Gibbons dedicated the first St. James Church in Concord. This original church building, located on Gold Hill Rd., would remain until 1954 when a fire destroyed it. While the location of theContinue reading A CHURCH FOR CONCORD


On 25 May 2003 His Excellency George E. Lynch, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Raleigh, fell asleep in the Lord. Bishop Lynch was consecrated bishop on 6 January 1970 and served as Auxiliary Bishop of Raleigh until his retirement in 1985.Continue reading DEATH OF BISHOP LYNCH


On 3 July 1944, Rev. Emmanuel Callahan fell asleep in the Lord. Fr. Callahan had spent his years as a missionary priest riding horseback through the Blue Ridge Mountains. Although a priest of the Diocese of Nashville, Fr. Callahan crossedContinue reading DEATH OF FR. CALLAHAN

asheville basilica altar

On December 14, 1968 an additional relic was deposited in the new altar at St. Lawrence, Asheville during the altar’s consecration. The parish obtained a relic of it’s patron saint, the martyr St. Lawrence, to place beside the other altarContinue reading RELICS OF ST. LAWRENCE