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Ermine and Seth Ferrara papers

Identifier: A-03-9044

Scope and Contents

This collection contains priest memorabilia, mostly photographs and ephemera from Reverend James J. May’s silver jubilee celebration. It also includes photographs, newspaper clippings, and memorial cards for other priests of the Diocese of Charleston.


  • Created: 1917-1954
  • Other: Date acquired: 08/29/2016


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

Ermine V. Frain Ferrara was born in Charleston, South Carolina, to James J. Frain (1862-1930) and Catherine E. Delaney Frain (1871-1918) in 1898. Ermine died in 1983. Seth Joseph Ferrara, Jr. was born in Charleston, South Carolina, to Seth Joseph Ferrara (1859-1922) and Winifred Margaret Parsons Ferrara (1866-1939) in 1897. Seth worked at the Navy Yard in Charleston. Ermine and Seth married in 1918. Reverend James J. May, a Roman Catholic priest, was born in 1887 to John May and Sarah Corcoran May in Charleston, South Carolina. He attended St. Patrick's School in Charleston, St. Charles College in Ellicott City, Maryland, and St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland.  May was ordained to the Diocese of Charleston in 1913 by Bishop Henry Northrop.  He served as assistant pastor at Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston from 1913-1923, when he was elevated to rector.  In 1915, along with Reverend Joseph O’Brien, May founded Bishop England High School. May also served as Chancellor of the diocese from 1917-1929, when he was elevated to Vicar General. He was made Domestic Prelate by Pope Pius Xi in 1934. May died in 1958.

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4.00 folders (5 folders)

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Priest memorabilia containing photographs, programs, newspaper clippings, and memorial cards for Reverend James J. May and other priests.

Arrangement Note

1. Reverend James J. May, 1935-1938 2. Other priests, 1917-1954

Custodial History

Received from Marie Ferrara McGahah in August 2016.

Source of Acquisition

Marie Ferrara McGahan

Method of Acquisition


Processing Information

Processed by Melissa Mabry, January 2020.

Inventory of the Ermine and Seth Ferrara papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Catholic Diocese of Charleston Archives Repository

114 Broad Street
Carriage House
Charleston SC 29401 US