Christ Our King Catholic Church

Mount Pleasant, SC, USA

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Catholic Vocations

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Extended section on Vocations from Winter 2009 By The Way Newsletter

The article linked below is from Carol Baloglu about a relative living in Irelan, Brother Joe Gordon. If you have an article or a thought to share about a priest or religious (living or deceased), email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Heeding The Call

Vocations to the Religious Life

The English word 'vocation' has its origin in the Latin 'vocare' ('to call'). 'Vocation' today is understood as a calling to holiness/wholeness for all Christians by virtue of their baptism. Ordained and religious life are but two responses to this baptismal call to live in the love of Jesus Christ and to bring the Gospel alive to the world.

Here in the Diocese of Charleston, 126 priests (99 active) serve the over 120,000 Catholics within the state of South Carolina. Additionally, the Diocese has 63 permanent deacons, 28 religious brothers, and 137 religious sisters.

For more information, contact one of the priests at Christ Our King, or contact the Vocations Office at the Diocese of Charleston.

Requirements for Priesthood Applicants

  • A practicing Catholic for two years.
  • A strong commitment to prayer.
  • A balanced personality.
  • Good health.
  • Ability to complete required courses.
  • A sincere desire to serve the Church and Jesus Christ as a priest.
  • A sincere love of God and the Church.
  • An openness and respect for the gifts of all the faithful.
  • The willingness to collaborate with others for the purpose of building up the Church and the Kingdom of God.
  • A willingness to be at the service of others.
  • A willingness to seek out and receive spiritual direction.
  • A general understanding of the Catholic priesthood.
  • A commitment to the process of discerning a priestly vocation.
  • A respect for and commitment to the traditions of the Church regarding priesthood, including celibacy.
  • A willingness to submit to the authority of the Bishop.
  • Active in a parish.
  • Two year chaste lifestyle before entry into seminary

Requirements for Deacons

  • Age at ordination - 35 to 55
  • 4 years of college
  • Requires 5 year course of study in Columbia, SC every other Saturday, 11 months a year.
  • On ordination, vow to pray the liturgy of the hours
  • On ordination, vow obedience to the Bishop and his successors
  • Take the vow of celebacy upon the death of his wife
  • Next class begins Sept 2008

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Upcoming Events


  • 6/2 MON 12:30-1:30PM Youth and Senior Prayer & Pizza begins

  • 6/6 FRI 10:30AM-12:30PM Majongg begins, 1st +3rd Fridays of the month. To join the group and/or for more information, contact Roberta Byron., 881-7743

  • COK Youth: June 8 - “Won’t Happen to Me” The reality of teen alcohol & drug use. Teens are welcome to invite their parents. 5-6:30pm at the Beach House

  • 6/11 WED 11AM-1PM Senior Pot Luck Luncheon, Monthly Sign up required, 884-0065 or

  • 6/12 THURS 11AM-1:00PM Better Hearing Presentation with FREE Hearing Screenings. Come to the BH and learn hearing tips and have a hearing screening. Lunch is provided by Dr. Lainey Bruhn, Au.D and Dr. Mary Anne Larkin, Au.D. To RSVP and schedule a 5 minute hearing screening, please contact Dolly, 884-0065 or

  • COK Youth: June 15th - Father’s Day Picnic 4-7pm at Palmetto Park Bring a dish to share. Hotdogs, Hamburgers, & Drinks provided. Games for the whole family. RSVP

  • COK Youth: Beach Party Friday, June 20 5:30-8pm Food, Games,Music At our very own Beach House

  • HOLD THE DATE - the COK Family Life committee wants you to mark your calendars for the annual Ice Cream Social to be Sunday August 17th from 2-4 pm in Grace Hall. More details to come later. Fun for the whole family!!
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    Mass Schedule

    Weekdays 7:00 am

    Saturday 8:00 am

    Sunday Vigil 6:00 pm Saturday

    Sunday 7:30 am, 9:30 am, 12:00 pm, 7:00 pm

    Holy Days 7:00 am,12:00 pm, 6:30 pm

    Confession: Saturday 5:00-5:30, or by appointment


    Christ Our King Catholic Church

    1122 Russell Drive

    Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

    (843) 884-5587

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