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Sister Bernadine Jax, OSF papers

Identifier: A-03-2009.017

Scope and Contents

This collection was gifted to the archives in 2000 and 2011 by Sister Bernadine Jax, after her tenure as pastoral administrator to the diocese.  It is divided in two series, Gift 2000 and Gift 2011.  Gift 2000 aterials include history and memorabilia of the Hebron St. Francis Center on John’s Island and a history of pastoral administrators for the Diocese of Charleston from 1989-1999.  Both were compiled by Sister Bernadine Jax, and include original and photocopied correspondence, newspaper clippings, administrative records, and photographs.  Gift 2011 include photographs, newspaper clippings, parish buillitins, parish directories, prayer cards, post cards, pamphlets, and one piece of correspondence regarding Sister Bernadine's service at the Hebron St. Francis Center on John's Island and her tneure as parish administrator at Holy Spirit, John's Island; St. Mary of the Annunciation, Charleston; and Church of the Infant Jesus, Marion.  Materials are arranged by subject at the folder level and chronologically at the item level when applical.


  • Created: circa 1979-2011
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1983-1999


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

Sister Bernadine Jax and Sister Irene Kelly came to Charleston from Rochester, Minnesota in the 1970s to minister the needs of South Carolina Catholics.  Bishop Ernest L. Unterkoefler invited them to serve the church on James and John’s Islands to develop a place and presence where people could gather.  On January 16, 1983 the Hebron St. Francis Center was opened in a 114 year old white frame church on John’s Island.  Sisters Bernadine and Irene continued to serve as co-directors until June 1988.  Before they left, the sisters helped form a leadership group within the membership.  During Sister Bernadine’s span with the Diocese of Charleston, she has worked with impoverished people, in religious education, contributed on the Synod of Charleston, and oversaw the baptismal life of parishes around the state.  Sister Bernadine was elected as the first pastoral administrator to the diocese and was the first woman to serve on the Priests’ Personnel Board.  She was also the diocesan coordinator of pastoral administrators.

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Correspondence, newspaper clippings, administrative records, and photographs regarding the Hebron St. Francis Center on John’s Island, South Carolina, and the Diocese of Charleston.

Arrangement Note

Materials are arranged chronologically by subject.

Source of Acquisition

Received from Bernadine Jax in 2000 and 2011.

Method of Acquisition


Accruals and Additions

Initially accessioned in 2000; Sister Bernadine sent additional materials on 01 April 2011.

Processing Information

Processed by Jennifer E. Neal

Inventory of the Sister Bernadine Jax, OSF papers
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