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Monsignor J. Donald Gorski papers

Identifier: A-03-2004.013

Scope and Contents

Collection includes correspondence, bulletins, publications, notes, homilies, and photographic media that document Rev. Msgr. Don Gorski's ministry within the Diocese of Charleston and in Peru, South America, with the St. James Society. His affinity for the Hispanic culture (possibly developed during his formative years in San Diego, CA) led him to promote social/racial justice, the advancement of the Cursillo (charismatic) Movement in the Diocese of Charleston, and ultimately mission work with the Society of St. James the Apostle in Negritos, Barranco, and Zorritos, Peru. The bulk of the collection is 2 linear feet of homilies (1976-1989) and approx. 0.5 linear feet of lecture notes (1977-1983) he prepared for various parish groups and cathechumenate courses of instruction.  The remainder of the collection includes materials relevant to a Holy Land Pilgrimage (1986-1987), missionary work (1971-1985), and various & biographical subjects.


  • Created: 1953-1989
  • Other: Date acquired: 07/07/2004


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Conditions Governing Use

The Diocese of Charleston makes no representation that it is the owner of any copyright or other literary property in the materials contained in its archives. In providing access to or permitting the reproduction of any such materials, the Diocese of Charleston does not assume any responsibility for determining the nature of any rights, ownership or interest therein; nor for obtaining the appropriate permissions to publish or use; nor for determining the nature of any liabilities (for defamation and invasion of privacy) that may arise from any publication or use. This rests entirely with the researcher.

Biographical or Historical Information

James Donald Gorksi, son of Joseph J. Gorksi and Cecile Riley, was born in Charleston, 20 Mar. 1933. He attended Cathedral Grammar School in Charleston, S.C., Our Lady of the Angels School in San Diego, Calif., and St. Augustine High School in San Diego. Gorksi received his BA degree from St. Bernard College, Cullman, Ala., and received his theological training at St. Mary's Seminary, Baltimore, Md. Gorski was incardinated into the Diocese of Charleston in June 1957. Bishop Paul J. Hallinan ordained Gorski to the priesthood for the Diocese of Charleston at Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Charleston, on 16 May 1959. Pope John Paul II elevated Gorski to an honorary prelate on 30 Nov. 1997. Pastoral assignments included the following: Asst. Director, Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, 6 June 1959-(?); Associate, St. Peter Parish (Columbia), 6 June 1959-10 Aug. 1966; Diocesan Liturgical Commission, Nov. 1961; Board Member, Richland County Mental Health (1962); Faculty, cardinal Newman High School (Columbia), 1961-1966; Spiritual Director, Cardinal Newman High School, Aug. 1965-Aug. 1966; Associate, Divine Redeemer Parish (Hannahan), 20 Aug. 1966-17 Oct. 1968; Spiritual Director & Faculty, Bishop England High School (Charleston), 1967-1968; St. Ann Parish (Sumter), 17 Oct. 1968-10 June 1970; Society of St. James (Boston, Mass.), 10 June 1970- June 1976, mission work in Peru; Pastor, St. Mary Parish (Greenville), 15 June 1976-15 June 1983; Member, Diocesan Priest Personnel Board, 1980; Pastor, St. Mary Parish (Edisto and Yonges Island), 15 June 1983-15 June 1989; Cooridnator, Hispanic Minsitires, Midland Vicariate, 1989; Pastor, St. Mary Parish (Summerton), 15 June 1989-5 Jan. 1993; Episcopal Vicar for Religious, 1990; Episcopal Vicar for Hispanics, 1990; Society of St. James (Boston, Mass.), 5 Apr. 1993-2005, Casa Parroquial, Zorritos-Tumbes, Peru Gorski retired from ministry in 2005.

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3.75 Linear Feet (3 Record Cartons)

Language of Materials



Correspondence, bulletins, publications, notes, homilies, and photographic media of Reverend Monsignor J. Donald Gorski's ministry within the Diocese of Charleston and in Peru, South America, with the St. James Society.

Source of Acquisition

Received from Msgr. J. Donald Gorski in July 2004.

Method of Acquisition


Related Materials

Priest Subject Files (2009.007)

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Processed by Brian P. Fahey.

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Repository Details

Part of the Catholic Diocese of Charleston Archives Repository

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