Discover the Diocese of Charlotte

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte (Dioecesis Carolinana), is a diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the southern United States. It is made up of 46 counties in western North Carolina, which are divided into ten vicariates, named for and administered fromAlbemarleAshevilleBooneGastoniaGreensboroHickoryMecklenburgSalisburySmoky Mountain and Winston-Salem.  Charlotteand the Piedmont Triad are the largest metropolitan areas in the diocese. The Charlotte See is a suffragan diocese of the Archdiocese of Atlanta.
Canonically erected on November 12, 1971 by Pope Paul VI, the diocese took its territories from the neighboring Diocese of Raleigh. The Charlotte See is led by a bishop who serves as pastor of the Cathedral of Saint Patrick in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Peter Joseph Jugis is the current bishop.  The Diocese is also home to the only basilicas in North Carolina, the Basilica of St. Lawrence and theBasilica of Our Lady Help of Christians.

Mission statement

The Diocese of Charlotte adopted the following mission statement  expresses,

We, the people of God in the Diocese of Charlotte, fortified in the Father, redeemed in the Son, empowered in the Spirit, are called to grow ever more perfectly into a community of praise, worship, and witness. We seek to become evermore enthusiastically a leaven of service and a sign of peace through love in Piedmont and Western North Carolina.


The Diocese of Raleigh, established in 1924, was the first diocese in North Carolina.  It included the entire State until the formation of the Diocese of Charlotte on January 12 of 1972. At that time, Michael Joseph Begley, a priest in the Diocese of Raleigh, was ordained and installed as the first Bishop of Charlotte.  Bishop Begley served as Ordinary of the Diocese until his retirement at age seventy-five in May 1984, after which he was named Apostolic Administrator.  When the new Diocese was established, the Catholic population of the area was just over 34,000. John Francis Donoghue, a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, succeeded Bishop Begley in late 1984, and was appointed Bishop of Charlotte by the Holy See on 6 November. He was subsequently ordained and installed as second Bishop of Charlotte on 18 December 1984. The population of Catholics in Charlotte continued to grow, and Bishop Donoghue declared in the early 1990s that it would be the "Decade of Evangelization. " Bishop Donoghue was appointed Archbishop of Atlanta on 22 June 1993, and was installed on 18 August 1993. He was replaced by William G. Curlin, Auxiliary Bishop of Washington and Titular Bishop ofRosemarkie, on 13 April 1994. Bishop Curlin served the Diocese of Charlotte until his retirement on September 10, 2002. At this time, the population of the diocese had grown to approximately 87,000 people. On August 1, 2003, the Pope appointed Peter J. JugisJudicial Vicar and Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes in Monroe, as the fourth Bishop of Charlotte, which he remains to this day. He was consecrated on October 24, 2003.
The total population of the diocese as of 2010 was approximately 4.8 million people. Of this number, 174,689 were registered Catholics (3.6% of the total population), living in a little over 63,000 households. This number does not include an estimated 230,000 undocumented Hispanic or Latino Catholics.  The diocese encompasses three main areas of population: the Triad GreensboroHigh Point, and Winston-SalemCharlotte; and the mountains. It covers 20,700 square miles (54,000 km2), and includes 46 counties. A map of the parishes can be found here.

Older Forms of Mass

In December 2007, 14 priests of the diocese attended a 5-day workshop on the 1962 version of the Mass, recognized in July of that year as an extraordinary form of the Roman Rite. Father Samuel Weber O.S.B was the first to offer a regularly scheduled Mass in that form in the Diocese of Charlotte since 1969 [citation?]. He celebrated this mass in October 2007 at Davis Chapel (Wake Forest University). Bishop Jugis noted that it would take some time, but that the diocese was trying to accommodate those with an attachment to this form of Mass. On the following January 13, the Tridentine Latin Mass or usus antiquor (older form) was celebrated for the first time in nearly 40 years at Our Lady Of Grace Church in Greensboro, with Bishop Peter Jugis attending.

Roman Catholic Bishops

Since its erection as a diocese in 1971, Charlotte has had four bishops:

High schools

Notable parishes

Some notable churches within the Diocese of Charlotte include:

Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte
Pastoral Center
1123 South Church Street

Charlotte, NC 28203
Phone: (704)370-6299
Fax: (704)370-3378
Web Address:


Bishop Peter Joseph Jugis is a native of Charlotte, N.C., and is the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Charlotte.

Bishop Jugis was baptized at St. Ann Catholic Church in Charlotte in 1957 by Monsignor Michael J. Begley, who would later become the first bishop of the newly formed Diocese of Charlotte in 1972.

Bishop Jugis was educated in Catholic and public schools in his hometown of Charlotte, earning a degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1979. After graduation he entered the seminary at the Pontifical North American College in Rome and studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome..

He was ordained to the priesthood on June 12, 1983, by Blessed John Paul II in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

Bishop Jugis earned additional degrees in canon law after his ordination. The Pontifical Gregorian University awarded him a licentiate in1984. In 1993 he received his doctorate in canon law (JCD) from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

In addition to serving as the judicial vicar of the Diocese of Charlotte before being ordained as bishop, he carried out pastoral duties at:
St. Ann Catholic Church, Charlotte, NC
St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, Winston-Salem, NC
Holy Infant Catholic Church, Reidsville, NC
Queen of the Apostles Catholic Church, Belmont, NC
St. Patrick Cathedral, Charlotte, NC
Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Denver, NC
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Salisbury, NC
Saint John Neumann Catholic Church, Charlotte, NC
St. Mark Catholic Church, Huntersville, NC
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Monroe, NC

Blessed John Paul II named Father Jugis a bishop in August 2003, succeeding the Most Reverend William G. Curlin, who retired as the third Bishop of Charlotte in 2002. His episcopal ordination took place at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Charlotte on Oct. 24, 2003.

His official title is The Most Reverend Peter J. Jugis, J.C.D., Bishop of Charlotte.

Bishop Jugis' episcopal motto is "Caritas Christi Urget Nos" (The Love of Christ Impels Us) from 2 Corinthians 5: 14

In addition to his sacramental and official duties as shepherd of the Diocese of Charlotte, Bishop Jugis established the Diocese of Charlotte Eucharistic Congress in 2005. This annual event draws more than 10,000 people to the see city of Charlotte in celebration of our faith in the Eucharist as the source and summit of Catholic life.



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