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Vicar for Finance records

Identifier: A-01-1030

Scope and Contents

The collection contains administrative, business, and financial records retained by Monsignor Roy F. Aiken during his tenure as vicar for finance. Administrative records include meeting minutes and agendas from diocesan councils such as the Building and Renovation Commission, Curia, and the Presbyteral Council.  The business and financial records include correspondence regarding school and parish building repairs, financial reports for Catholic offices and organizations, as well as real estate appraisals and trust agreements.


  • Created: 1982-1992
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1990-1992
  • Other: Date acquired: 04/26/2010


Conditions Governing Access

Access is restricted; consult repository for details.

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

The vicar for finance or the chief financial officer (CFO) is by canonical appointment the principal advisor to the bishop in matters of finance in collaboration with the finance council. The vicar for finance or the CFO, together with the finance council, oversees the budget, temporal goods, income, and expenses of the diocese. Monsignor Roy Aiken served as the Diocese of Charleston vicar for finance from 1989-1992. Monsignor Roy Aiken, a Roman Catholic priest, was born November 28, 1918, in Greenville, South Carolina, to Newman Aiken and Ellie Pressley Aiken. He attended Greenville High School, and graduated from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. He received his theological degree from St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland, and was ordained a priest in 1946 by Emmet M. Walsh, bishop of Charleston, at St. Francis de Sales Church in New York. Monsignor Aiken was assigned to the Church of Saint Peter in Columbia, South Carolina, in 1946 where he served until 1950, when he became vice chancellor of the Diocese of Charleston. He then served as the first pastor of the Church of Saint Anthony in Walterboro from 1952 until 1967, and the first pastor of the Church of Saint Mary in Hampton from 1955 through 1967. Other pastorates held by Monsignor Aiken include Summerville's Saint John Church, the Church of Saint Mary in Aiken, and the Saint Peter's Catholic Church in Columbia. He also served on the faculty of Cardinal Newman High School from 1980 through 1988, and as an associate at Our Lady of the Hills Catholic Church in Columbia from 1987 through 1990. He was a member of the board of directors of the North American Liturgical Conference, vicar for finance of the Diocese of Charleston, president of the Summerville Chamber of Commerce, and chairman of the Heart Fund and Cancer Drive in Charleston. Aiken died July 4, 2006, at Still Hopes Episcopal Home.

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0.42 Linear Feet (1 document box)

Language of Materials



Administrative, business, and financial records retained by Monsignor Roy F. Aiken during his tenure as vicar for finance.

Arrangement Note

Series I: Administrative records, 1990-1992 Series II: Business and financial records, 1982, 1989-1992

Custodial History

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


Processing Information

Processed by Jennifer E. Neal; and Melissa Bronheim October 2013.

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Repository Details

Part of the Catholic Diocese of Charleston Archives Repository

114 Broad Street
Carriage House
Charleston SC 29401 US