50 Years of History – and much more

From our earliest days of circuit-riding priests to our roots in the Carolina Gold Rush, the Diocese of Charlotte stands on the shoulders of countless missionary priests, consecrated religious, and faithful lay men and women who built up the Church in western North Carolina. Thanks to their sacrifices, hard work and devotion, our diocese was born and has been blessed by God over these past 50 years.

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50 Acts of Charity

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Track our progress to 50 Acts of Charity and service in communities across western N.C.

To commemorate the founding of the diocese, our parishes, ministries and schools are embracing the opportunity to participate in greater outreach, service and solidarity with our brothers and sisters in need. Throughout 2022, we’ll feature here creative initiatives and meaningful ways the faithful are engaging in communities – and how some acts of charity are only just beginning.

Events

From the Masses across the diocese to open our 50th anniversary year, to family-friendly events and celebrations, our jubilee year offers something for everyone.

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Marian Pilgrimage

A specially commissioned statue of our patroness Mary, Mother of God will visit more than 100 locations across the Diocese of Charlotte during the anniversary year. Find out more about this memorable pilgrimage!

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Treasured Sites

From Old St. Joseph Church, the first Catholic church built in western North Carolina, to Belmont Abbey Basilica, Monastery and College, our diocese is filled with stories, architecture and landmarks of faith. Discover some of the most interesting Catholic sites in western North Carolina.

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Prayers & Devotions

Let us pray – uniting our hearts and giving thanks to God by recalling our past and asking our patroness Mary, Mother of God, to intercede for us during this 50th anniversary.

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50th Anniversary Rally Flag

Show your diocesan spirit with this 33 x 33 inch “rally flag,” modeled after those of Italian city wards – a festive sign of identity and celebration, each uniquely representing by a neighborhood or community. Designed to be draped around the neck at special events or hung in display, the flag is a thick, durable and stretchy fabric perfect for versatile uses. Display your rally flag at home, wave it during the 2022 Eucharistic Congress, wear it as a scarf, or show it off at special events at your parish and school in celebration of our diocesan family!

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Design features the diocesan shield, colors of gold and blue (gold for our golden anniversary, and blue for our patroness Mary, Mother of God), and Bishop Peter Jugis’ episcopal motto Caritas Christi Urget Nos (“The Love of Christ Impels Us”).

Our Sponsors

We give thanks to our sponsors for their generosity in supporting the yearlong celebration of our golden anniversary: