Skip to main content

Oblate Sisters of Providence photographs and certificates

Identifier: A-02-9019

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photographs of Charleston bishops, some with inscriptions, and certificates of papal benedictions and plenary indulgences from Rome, dedicated to the Oblate Sisters of Providence.


  • Created: 1918-1950
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/03/2000


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

The Oblate Sisters of Providence, a Roman Catholic community of African American women, arrived in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1917 at the request of Bishop William Russell. They were appointed to serve the black Catholic community at St. Peter Catholic Church along with the Holy Ghost Fathers.  In 1967, St. Peter was closed and the community was moved to St. Patrick Catholic Church.  A new convent, St. Katherine’s, was established at the former St. Peter site on Wentworth Street. The Oblate Sisters lived at St. Katherine’s Convent for 31 years.  Due to a decline in numbers, the Oblate Sisters left South Carolina in 1999.

Note written by


2.00 oversize_folders

Language of Materials



Bishops of Charleston photographs and certificates of plenary indulgence dedicated to the Oblate Sisters of Providence.

Custodial History

These images belonged to the Oblate Sisters of Providence and were removed from St. Katherine's Convent on Society Street in Charleston, South Carolina.

Source of Acquisition

Received from Bishop Robert Baker in January 2000.

Method of Acquisition


Processing Information

Processed by Melissa Bronheim, October 2012.

Inventory of the Oblate Sisters of Providence photographs and certificates
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the Catholic Diocese of Charleston Archives Repository

114 Broad Street
Carriage House
Charleston SC 29401 US