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Office of the Vicars General records

Identifier: A-01-1032

Scope and Contents

Administrative records, financial records, correspondence, and newspaper clippings created by Monsignor Louis F. Sterker, vicar general; and Sister Bridget Sullivan, OLM, assistant to the vicars general. The Monsignor Louis F. Sterker series include administrative records such as a pastoral structure of the Diocese of Charleston as well as a news release regarding appointments in the diocese. Advisory boards and council records include minutes from Curia meetings, pastoral council records, and policies and guidelines regarding matters of conscience and discipline. The Sister Bridget Sullivan, OLM, series include administrative records such as St. Cyprian Outreach Center grant application; annual reports, bylaws, correspondence, and newspapers articles for Catholic Charities; and correspondence from Bishop David Thompson. Financial records include budget committee information; fundraising material for the Campaign for Human Development and the Diocesan Development Fund (DDF); as well as Stewardship correspondence, programs, and manuals.  Ministry records include correspondence for the Offices of Black Catholic Ministry, Evangelization, and Hispanic Apostolate. Parishes and schools information includes correspondence regarding the possible closing of St. Cyprian Parish in Georgetown; history of the St. Joseph Catholic School in Greenville; as well as records of the Foothills Catholic High School committee.  Committee minutes include Presbyteral Council and the Commission of Religious.  Diocesan Synod concerns for African American Catholic concerns and Synod correspondence is also included.


  • Created: 1976-1999, undated
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1990-1995
  • Other: Date acquired: 05/26/2010


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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

In each diocese, the bishop appoints a vicar general: a priest, auxiliary bishop, or coadjutor, who is provided with ordinary power and who assists the bishop in the governance of the diocese. The vicar general is the bishop's agent in administration, acting as second-in-command for diocesan executive matters. He is the highest official of the diocese after the ordinary. Louis Francis Sterker, a Roman Catholic priest, was born 1920 in the Bronx, New York, to William C. Sterker and Wilma Weber Sterker.  He attended St. Francis de Sales Academy and the Power Memorial Academy, both in New York City.  He also attended St. Charles Seminary College in Catonsville, Maryland, and St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree.  He became an ordained priest in 1946 at Francis de Sales Parish in New York City. Sterker’s first assignments included pastor at St. Joseph Parish and the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, both in Charleston, South Carolina. He also served as pastor of St. Anthony Parish, Florence; Our Lady of Peace Parish, North Augusta; St. Joseph Parish in Columbia; and Our Lady of the Hills Parish, Columbia.  In 1963, Sterker was invested as a papal chamberlain.  In 1990, Bishop David Thompson named Monsignor Sterker, together with Reverend Sam Miglarese, to the position of vicars general until his retirement in 1993. Monsignor Sterker died in 1999. Bridget Sullivan, a religious sister, was born in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1938 to William and Ethel Sullivan.  She attended Sacred Heart Elementary School and Bishop England High School in Charleston. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Seton Hall University in New Jersey.  She also earned a Masters in Elementary Administration from The Citadel in Charleston, a Masters of Administration from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, and an associate degree in physical therapy. Sullivan entered the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy (O.L.M.) community in 1956.  She professed her vows in 1959 and took her final vows in 1962.  From 1984-1988, Sister Bridget served on the general council. She also held the position of general superior from 1988-1996 and 2004-2012. Sister Bridget served as principal for a number of schools throughout the Diocese of Charleston.  In 1991, Bishop David Thompson appointed Sullivan as executive secretary of the Diocesan Synod, a position she held until 1995. She also served as secretary to the Presbyteral Council from 1990-2001, and was made assistant to the vicars general from 1991-1995.

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1.25 Linear Feet (3 document boxes)

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Administrative records, financial records, correspondence, and newspaper clippings created by Monsignor Louis F. Sterker, vicar general; and Sister Bridget Sullivan, OLM, assistant to the vicars general.

Arrangement Note

I. Monsignor Louis F. Sterker, 1990-1992 II. Sister Bridget Sullivan, OLM, 1976-1999, undated

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

Files removed from previous Chancery II records (accession 2010.011)

Method of Acquisition


Processing Information

Processed by Melissa Bronheim February 2014.

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Repository Details

Part of the Catholic Diocese of Charleston Archives Repository

114 Broad Street
Carriage House
Charleston SC 29401 US