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Monsignor Charles H. Rowland papers

Identifier: A-03-2009.022

Scope and Contents

Throughout his tenure as a priest with the Diocese of Charleston, Monsignor Charles H. Rowland has been the recipient of many gifts relevant to the history of the Diocese of Charleston.  He has amassed a sizable personal collection of individual, seemingly disparate items.  And on occasion he gifts a few items from his personal collection to Diocese of Charleston Archives.  The Monsignor Charles H. Rowland Collection consists of those gifts.


  • Created: 1828-2007
  • Other: Date acquired: 09/29/2009


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

Born 31 March 1939 in Charleston to Carl J. Rowland and Gertrude Kanapaux, Monsignor Charles Rowland attended Sacred Heart parochial school (1945-1953) and Bishop England High School (1953-1957). Rowland then attended University of South Carolina (1957-1958) and College of Charleston (1958) before joining the United States Air Force (1958-1962) and later entering Seminary at St. Mary, Kentucky, and St. Mary, Baltimore. Bishop Ernest Unterkoefler ordained Father Rowland at Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (Charleston) on 16 May 1970. Circa 1985 Rowland earned a Licentiate of Canon Law (J.C.L.) from Catholic University of America. Pastoral assignments include the following: Chaplain, Our Lady of Mercy Motherhouse (May Forest, James Island), 1970; Associate pastor for Cathedral, 1970-1975; Pastor, St. Mary of the Annunciation (Charleston), 1975-1982; Pastor, Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (Charleston), 1982-1985; Administrative assignments include the following: Assistant to Chancellor, 1970; Associate Chancellor, 1970-1974; Notary and Secretary of the Tribunal, 1970-1975; Diocesan Director of Cemeteries, 1970-1975; Faculty, Bishop England High School, 1970-1974; Acting Chancellor, 1974-1975; Chancellor, 1975-1985; Rural Life; Bishop's Missionary league; Boy Scouts Rowland was elevated to a Prelate of Honor (Monsignor) on 9 September 1983. He was first a member of Prebyteral Council and College of Consultors in 1984. He served as Vicar General from 1987-circa 1991. He currently serves as Judicial Vicar, a post he's held since circa 1992.

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2.00 items (1 folder)

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Photograph and correspondence collected by Monsignor Charles Rowland.

Source of Acquisition

Received from Monsignor Charles H. Rowland in September 2009.

Method of Acquisition


Processing Information

Processed by Brian P. Fahey, October 2009.

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Repository Details

Part of the Catholic Diocese of Charleston Archives Repository

114 Broad Street
Carriage House
Charleston SC 29401 US