Vocations Awareness

Contact: Deacon Gerry Hand

Scheduled Meetings: Meetings are scheduled as required.

Mission Statement: The goal of the Vocations Awareness Ministry is to provide an atmosphere in the parish in which all eligible people may carefully consider priesthood, the diaconate or religious life as a possible calling for themselves.

Current Activities:

  • To pray daily for increased vocations
  • To become aware of the various ministries of the Catholic Church, particularly the priesthood, diaconate and religious life
  • To offer support and encouragement to priests, deacons and religious within the parish
  • To provide example through personal Christian family life as a means of encouraging vocations
  • To accept and carry out assigned tasks and to report on the progress of the assigned work.  Tasks could include working with other parish committees.

Current Volunteer Opportunities: New members are always welcome.

Please see the poster in the Narthex of the Church for all of the Diocese of Charleston's seminarians.


Tom Drury - First Year Pre-Theology. 

Home Parish:  St. Peter, Beaufort, SC. 

School Attending:  St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary, 10701 S. Military Trail, Boynton Beach, Florida 33436

Date of Birth:  December 20


Alexander Foley - Second Year College

Home Parish: St. Mary, Greenville, SC

School Attending:  Holy Trinity Seminary, 3131 Vince Hagen Drive, Irving, Texas, 75062

Date of Birth:  December 20


Rhett Willliams - Fourth Year Theology

Home Parish:  Cathedral of St. John the Baptist - Charleston

School Attending:  Theological College/CUA, 401 Michigan Avenue NE, Washington, D. C. 20017

DOB:  January 24

Bruce Barnett - Third Year Theology

Home Parish:  St. Theresa the Little Flower, Summerville

School Attending:  Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary, 556 South Avenue, Weston, MA 02493

DOB:  April 7


Jimmy Touzeau

Home Parish - Holy Cross, Pickens, SC

School Attending - St. Mary's Seminary, 9845 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77024

DOB:  March 31


 Rafael Ghattas - 1st Year Theology

Home Parish - St. Andrew, Myrtle Beach, SC

School Attending - St. Mary's Seminary, 9845 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77024

DOB - June 10

Michael Cellars - 2nd Year Theology

Home Parish:  St. Mary of the Annunciation - Charleston, SC

School Attending:  St. Mary's Seminary, 9845 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77024

DOB:  August 10

Would You Like to Be a Monk for a Month or For a Year?

Mepkin Abbey, in Moncks Corner, has announced the opening of their new Mepkin Affiliate Program. Would you like to live from your Sacred Center Seeking God in Contemplative prayer?  Would you like to touch the archetype of “Monkhood, ” a constitutive dimension of human life?  Mepkin Abbey offers you the opportunity to enjoy all of these experiences and more in their holistic environment.

There are three options available:  the new Monastic Institute Program - a month-long seminar for men and women during July 2018; the Monastic Guest Program - a month-long residency for men; and the Monastic Residency Program- a year-long residency for men.  Applications are now being accepted for all of these programs.  You can find applications and more detailed information on their website by clicking on this link.  All programs are free of cost.


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