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Mary Shahid papers

Identifier: A-03-2009.001

Scope and Contents

Materials in this collection include one (1) prayer card for Rt. Rev. Monsignor Joseph L. O'Brien (1952), one candid b&w photograph of Msgr. Joseph O'Brien (1938; roughly 4.5" x 3.75"), and one b&w portrait photograph of Msgr. Joseph O'Brien (8"x10").


  • created: 1938, 1952
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1938, 1952
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/16/2009


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

Msgr. Joseph L. "Doc" O'brien was born 30 April 1884 in Avoca, Pa., to Thomas F. O'Brien and Sarah A. Morahan. His mother was born in England. O'Brien had three brothers and two sisters. He attended Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., and the Albertinum seminary in Fribourg, Switzerland. Advanced degrees include M.A., S.T.D., and L.L.D. O'Brien originally was a seminarian for the Diocese of Scranton (Pa.). Bishop Harry Northrop adopted O'Brien to the Diocese of Charleston (S.C.) in 1910. He was ordained in Fribourg on 15 December 1912. O'Brien served at Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (Charleston, S.C.) from 1914-1929. He was co-founder (with Father J.J. May) of Bishop England High School (Charleston, S.C.) and served as its rector from its beginning in 1915 until 1947. O'Brien served St. Patrick Parish (Charleston, S.C.) from 1929 until his death on 2 March 1952. O'Brien was responsible for the original construction of the Calhoun St. campus of Bishop England High School, the construction of a brick parochial school building on St. Philip St. for St. Patrick Parish, and renovation of St. Patrick church and rectory.

Note written by Brian P. Fahey


1.00 folder (3 items)

Language of Materials



Images of Monsignor Joseph L. O'Brien.

Source of Acquisition

Received from Mary Shahid in January 2009.

Method of Acquisition


Processing Information

Processed by Jennifer E. Neal.

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Repository Details

Part of the Catholic Diocese of Charleston Archives Repository

114 Broad Street
Carriage House
Charleston SC 29401 US