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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Specifically for Women


Daily Readings


Easter Schedule


  • Wed April 1, 7:00pm
  • Fri April 3, 4:00 to 5:00pm
  • None on Holy Saturday, Apr 4


Holy Thursday, April 2

  • 7:00 pm Church. We begin the Easter Triduum with the evening Mass of the Lord's Supper.

Good Friday, April 3

  • 3:00pm Stations of the Cross - Way of the Cross Garden
  • 7:00pm Passion of the Lord - Church. According to the Church's ancient tradition, Mass is not celebrated on Good Friday. The celebration of the Lord's Passion consists of three parts:
  1. The Liturgy of the Word
  2. The Veneration of the Cross
  3. Holy Communion

Easter Vigil, April 4

  • Easter Vigil 7:00pm - Church - A brief service of light. The the Church meditates on all the wonderful things God has done for His people from the beginning, the Liturgy of the Word. As the day of resurrection approaches new members of the church are reborn in Baptism and confirmed in the sacraments of initiation.

Easter Sunday, April 5

  • 7:30am Church
  • 9:30am - Outdoor altar (bring chairs)
  • 12:00 noon - Outdoor altar (bring chairs)
  • There is NO 7:00pm Mass on Easter Sunday

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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