Cleo E. Cantey papers
Scope and Contents
This collection was part of records recovered from the second floor attic of the downtown Chancery building (119 Broad Street) and transferred to the archives for processing in February 2010. Records consist of administrative records from the Office of the Chancellor during Cleo E. Cantey's tenure as Chancellor for Administration (1991-2002). Materials include audited financial statements; correspondence regarding pastoral appointments, retirements, transfers, and resignations; diocesan policies regarding the finance council, celebration of mass, priests retirement plans, departmental guidelines, faculties received, mitigation of the Eucharist, extraordinary ministers, and priest personnel; various newsletters from the Bishop's Missionary League, Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, diocesan Liturgy newsletter, and the National Black and Indian Mission; official decrees regarding parish boundaries; newspaper clippings regarding various diocesan related issues and events; the 1994 quinquennial report; transcriptions of speeches made by Cardinal Bernardin (1991) and Bishop David B. Thompson (1994); and various annual statistical reports to Rome.
- Created: 1968-2002
- Other: Majority of material found in 1990-2000
- Other: Date acquired: 04/23/2010
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Biographical or Historical Information
Cleo Elizabeth Cantey was born in Charleston, South Carolina, on September 24, 1933, to Joseph Samuel Cantey and Cleo E. Purse Cantey. She was baptized on October 15, 1933, at St. Mary of the Annunciation Parish on Hasell Street. Cantey graduated from the High School of Charleston in 1951 and entered the Women's Army Corps (WAC) in 1954. After ten years of service in various administrative capacities, she received an honorable discharge with the rank of sergeant.
On February 11, 1965, Cantey began working with the Diocese of Charleston as a secretary in the Chancery, eventually rising to the position of office manager. In May 1987, Bishop Unterkoefler named her Chancellor for Administration, marking the first time in the history of the diocese that someone other than a priest served in that capacity.
As chancellor, Cantey was a notary and an archivist for the diocese, ensuring the orderly maintenance and safekeeping of papers and documents related to the work of the diocesan curia. She also arranged and recorded the correspondence related to requests for marriage dispensations and was a member of the Archives Advisory Committee, founded in 1999. As a notary, Cantey authenticated official acts of diocesan administration. She managed the office, handled the phones, prepared mailings for the diocesan "Caritas" newsletter, made travel arrangements for church officials, administered the diocesan filing system, contributed to the annual diocesan directory, and coordinated the preparing of the quinquennial report to the Holy See.
In 1991 Cantey received the "Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice" papal medal. The honor, which in Latin means "for the church and the pontiff," is given in recognition for outstanding service to the church and the pope. Pope John Paul II granted the award which Bishop David B. Thompson presented at a ceremony at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist that October.
Cantey died of a heart attack January 11, 2001 at Roper Hospital, where she had been under physicians’ care following a stroke suffered at her Mount Pleasant residence in December, 2000.
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Language of Materials
Administrative records from the Office of the Chancellor during Cleo E. Cantey's tenure as Chancellor for Administration.
Materials are arranged alphabetically by subject, and chronologically at the item level.
This collection was part of records recovered from the second floor attic of the downtown Chancery building (119 Broad Street) and transferred to the archives for processing in February 2010.
Source of Acquisition
Received from the Office of the Chancellor in April 2010.
Method of Acquisition
Processed by Jennifer E. Neal.
- Administrative records Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Administrative reports Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Cantey, Cleo A., 1933-2002
- Catholic Church -- Administration Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Catholic Church -- Statistics Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Clippings (information artifacts) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Correspondence Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Councils and synods, Diocesan Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Newsletters Subject Source: Lcnaf
- Transcripts Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Inventory of the Cleo E. Cantey papers
- Jennifer E. Neal
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Part of the Catholic Diocese of Charleston Archives Repository
114 Broad Street
Charleston SC 29401 US