A Vibrant and Flourishing Faith
In 1876, Benedictine monks planted their roots in North Carolina, which was then the least Catholic state in the country. They built a monastery, college, and in 1892 the first and only abbey cathedral in the history of the United States. Still, North Carolina was the last state in the union to get its own diocese in 1924 (the Diocese of Raleigh). By 1972, the Diocese had grown to approximately 70,000 Catholics. In 1972 Pope Paul VI created the Diocese of Charlotte. Since then, the Catholic population has grown ten-fold. The Diocese of Charlotte now has 92 parishes and missions, and 140 priests; the life within those parishes is thriving, with flourishing programs to teach religion, receive converts, and serve the poor. Every indication points to this growth continuing, as Catholics from other areas discover the beauty and vibrancy of North Carolina—and as non-Catholic residents of North Carolina discover the beauty and vibrancy of the Catholic faith.
Steadfast DevotionTradition breeds freely in the Diocese of Charlotte, a community centered around the Eucharist. Charlotte is one of only nine dioceses in the U.S. to host a Diocesan Eucharistic Congress each year, a special gathering led by the bishop to inspire clergy, religious, and laity to bear witness to the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. The event is full of joy, fellowship, prayer, and unity and is a time of spiritual renewal for the whole Diocese. This year, more than 20,000 attended the Diocese’s 14th Eucharistic Congress.
Diocesan & Lay Leadership
Diocesan clergy and staff are providing Catholic leadership through international and national work in scripture study, finance, stewardship, and parish missions. Catholic business leaders have made Charlotte a hub for national Catholic media, with many businesses choosing Charlotte as their headquarters, including, Saint Benedict Press, TAN Books, The Catholic Company, and Catholic Scripture Study International.
Charlotte is home to MiraVia, a first-of-its-kind crisis pregnancy center located on the campus of Belmont Abbey College. Inspired by the examples of Mary and Joseph, MiraVia is a safe haven and source of hope for pregnant mothers and their children. MiraVia helps families move toward a new life of hopeful, independent, and healthy living, educating the broader community on the importance of fostering a culture of life.
Belmont Abbey College is a small, Catholic, Benedictine liberal arts institution located just 10 miles west of Charlotte. It is one of only 17 universities in the United States recommended by The Cardinal Newman Society for its commitment to a faithful Catholic education. Founded in 1876 by Benedictine monks, it continues to celebrate the 1,500-year-old Benedictine monastic tradition of prayer and learning.
Religious LibertyThe Diocese of Charlotte participated in the suit filed by the Catholic Benefits Association against the federal government in response to the Health and Human Services (HHS) “contraception mandate,” demonstrating a steadfast commitment to Catholic values. Additionally, Belmont Abbey College was the first institution in the United States to file suit on this matter.