The Church in the Carolinas

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A Center of Faith and Orthodoxy with National Influence
Catholics make up a rapidly growing portion of the residents of the Carolinas. While still small in numbers, the Church here has had a powerful national impact—bearing fruit a hundredfold, distinguishing itself in the following ways: Diocesan Leadership: Diocesan clergy and staff have been tapped to serve on a variety of national and international boards and commissions, helping influence the wider Church in the areas of parish missions, finance, stewardship, and Scripture study. Lay Leadership: Catholic business leaders have made Charlotte a hub for Catholic media—through ventures such as Catholic Scripture Study International, The Catholic Company, and Saint Benedict Press. Devotion: In 2005, 3,500 faith-filled Catholics gathered for Charlotte’s first Eucharistic Congress, still one of only seven diocesan Eucharistic congresses in the country. Today, 12,000 Catholics from across the nation descend on Charlotte each September to praise, thank, and adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Pro-Life Commitment: Belmont Abbey stands apart for its commitment to Life by hosting MiraVia—a home where pregnant mothers continue their college studies, are introduced to the freedom and splendor of chastity, and receive guidance to care for and raise virtuous children. Unflagging Fidelity: Belmont Abbey College is one of only seventeen schools in the country recognized by the Cardinal Newman Society for its strong Catholic identity. Religious Liberty: Belmont Abbey College was the first institution to file suit against the federal government in response to the HHS “contraception mandate.” Vocations: Charlotte currently has twenty-eight men studying for the priesthood. In the last four years, more than 320 young men from the Diocese of Charlotte have participated in Quo Vadis Days, a five-day discernment retreat for young men ages 15–19 who are interested in pursuing a vocation to the priesthood.

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