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Monsignor Louis Sterker papers

Identifier: A-03-1055

Scope and Contents

This collection contains personal papers of Monsignor Louis Sterker, created and collected during his tenure as rector of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston, South Carolina. The collection contains mostly correspondence and photographs. The correspondence is to and from Monsignor Sterker's mother and sister; Bishop Paul Hallinan, eighth bishop of Charleston; Father James J. May, rector of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist; and Joseph Cardinal Bernardin. The photographs are of Sterker's friends and family, priests, parishioners and architectural features of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, and portrait and candid photographs of Sterker. Other material includes postcards of various churches as well as memorial, Mass, and ordination prayer cards.


  • Created: 1945-1971, undated
  • Other: Date acquired: 04/07/0015


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

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

Louis Francis Sterker, a Roman Catholic priest, was born in Bronx, New York, to William C. Sterker and Wilma Weber Sterker in 1920.  He attended St. Francis DeSales School and Power Memorial Academy in New York City.  He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Charles College in Catonsville, Maryland, and a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree from St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland.  Sterker was ordained a priest in 1946 by Bishop Emmet Walsh of the Diocese of Charleston. Sterker’s pastoral assignments included associate pastor of St. Joseph, Charleston (1946), associate pastor, administrator, and rector of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (1946-1970), pastor of St. Anthony, Florence (1970-1975), Our Lady of Peace, North Augusta (1975-1981), St. Joseph, Columbia (1981-1987), Our Lady of the Hills, Columbia (1987-1990), and St. Joseph, Charleston (1990-1992). In 1962, Sterker was appointed a papal chamberlain by Pope John XXXIII and elevated to monsignor. Sterker also served as the diocesan vicar general from 1990 until his retirement in 1992.  Monsignor Sterker died in 1999.

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0.42 Linear Feet (1 document box)

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Photographs, correspondence, and postcards of Monsignor Louis Sterker created and collected during his tenure as rector of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston, South Carolina.

Arrangement Note

I. Personal Papers

Source of Acquisition

Received from Bishop Robert Guglielmone in April 2015.

Method of Acquisition


Related Materials

Monsignor Louis Sterker scrapbook, 1929-1970, 1996.

Processing Information

Processed by Melissa Mabry, October 2016.

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Repository Details

Part of the Catholic Diocese of Charleston Archives Repository

114 Broad Street
Carriage House
Charleston SC 29401 US