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Hispanic Ministry records

Identifier: A-01-2009.011

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of original materials regarding the Diocese of Charleston’s involvement in ministering South Carolina’s Hispanic community prior to the organization of the Office of Ethnic Ministries, circa 2002. Records were transferred to the archives from the Hispanic Ministry after the office was consolidated in to Ethnic Ministries, and officially accessioned on 10 July 2011. The collection is related to Bishop David B. Thompson’s social and Hispanic ministry files, and can be found in record cartons 2001.050.219 and 2001.050.367. Materials include administrative records, correspondence, newspaper clippings, various publications, and conference brochures; several of which are written in Spanish. The administrative records include various financial and statistical reports; minutes; two (2) sample Catholic Migrant Ministry Project reports; conference materials; and various reports and materials regarding Hispanic ministry in other dioceses and organizations throughout the United States. These organizations include the Spanish Aposolate, the Mexican American Cultural Center; the National Council of Catholic Bishops; the United Farm Workers; the South East Pastoral Institute; the North Eastern Catholic Pastoral Center for Hispanics; and the South Eastern Regional Office for Hispanic Affairs. Correspondence includes letters to and from Sister Elsa Maria Lopez-Aguero, OSP; Bishop Ernest L. Unterkoefler; Bishop David B. Thompson; various diocesan employees, clergy, and laymen from the Diocese of Charleston; and members of the above organizations. Publications include magazine articles, newsletters, and statistics regarding Hispanic ministry and migrant workers in the United States. Conference brochures include registration information for various workshops offered by the South East Pastoral Institute; the Paulist Press the Mexican American Cultural Center, and the Institute for Pastoral Life. Also included is a flyer for the 1977 Farm Worker Week, sponsored by the National Council of Catholic Bishops and the United States Catholic Council. Newspaper clippings include articles regarding migrant workers, Hispanic ministries, and the general Hispanic population in South Carolina.


  • Created: 1970-2004
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1980-1989
  • Other: Date acquired: 07/10/2011


Conditions Governing Access

Access is restricted; consult repository for details.

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 history of Hispanic Ministry in the Diocese of Charleston dates back to the 1950s, when it was realized there were no schools for Hispanic children. Schools and volunteers were organized to work with migrant workers and their families. As the Hispanic population in South Carolina grew in the 1960s and 1970s the diocese organized the Office of Hispanic Ministry to specifically address the population’s needs. In 1985 the government declared a pardon law declaring all immigrants prior to 1985 were legal citizens, and over one thousand migrants from the Diocese of Charleston were registered with INS. By 2000 the diocese had offices for ministering Hispanics, Vietnamese, and African Americans; and decided to combine each office into the Office of Ethnic Ministries.

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Administrative records, correspondence, newspaper clippings, publications, and conference brochures regarding the Diocese of Charleston's ministry to South Carolina's Hispanic community.

Arrangement Note

Materials are arranged by subject.

Source of Acquisition

Received from the Office of Hispanic Ministry in July 2011.

Method of Acquisition


Related Materials

Bishop David B. Thompson Records and Papers 2001.050

Processing Information

Processed by Jennifer E. Neal.

Inventory of the Hispanic Ministry records
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Repository Details

Part of the Catholic Diocese of Charleston Archives Repository

114 Broad Street
Carriage House
Charleston SC 29401 US