July 8, 2009

South Carolina ministries meet new Bishop

The Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, Sisters of Charity Health System and representatives from the Health System’s South Carolina ministries met with Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone on June 22, in the Chancery Office in downtown Charleston.

The 90-minute meeting briefed the Bishop of the Sisters’ Catholic presence and ongoing investment in the state. Congregational Leader Sister Miriam Erb addressed the 71 years the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine have lived and worked in South Carolina. Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA, president and CEO of the Sisters of Charity Health System, gave the Bishop an overview of the structure and the current developments in the health care ministry in both Ohio and South Carolina.
The Sisters of Charity Health System has four ministries in South Carolina; Healthy Learners, Providence Hospitals, Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina and the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families. Leaders of these ministries each spent a few minutes educating the Bishop on the work and impact of their respective ministries in the state.
Lisa Potts, policy director for the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, described the plight of low-income fathers in the state and shared how the Center is making a difference in their lives and the lives of their children.
After an extensive question and answer period Bishop Guglielmone offered his appreciation and support of the Sisters and their ministries.

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