Church Renovation

Renovation Advisory Committee

The Renovation Advisory Committee (RAC) was appointed by Fr. Spencer to provide assistance and counsel in the development of a Master Plan. 

Scott Atwood, Chair
Gloria Friedgen
Mary Garcia 
Deacon Brian Justice
John Maize
John Maize, Jr.
Siobhan Maize
Marilyn Mauriello
Lauren Sims
Alisa Swift

Liturgical Consultant

Terry Byrd Eason Design is based in Chapel Hill, NC.  Recipient of the prestigious Faith & Form Religious Architecture Award, the firm's portfolio includes major projects at Washington National Cathedral, Duke University, University of the South, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart (Raleigh), and Elon University. 

Built on Living Stones

Fr. Spencer and the RAC began renovation discussions by studying the USCCB guidelines for Art, Architecture, and Worship: Built on Living Stones. The document provides a theological foundation and procedural outline for the renovation process.

Proposal A

Includes as much of the following that can be achieved within a budget of $1.9 million.

  • Move Tabernacle to Nave

  • Enlarge Sanctuary platform

  • Ramp access to Sanctuary

  • Unite Narthex & Nave (remove glass partitions, etc.)

  • New Narthex (repurpose Chapel, Reconciliation Room, Lobby, Candle Room)

  • New Flooring

  • Refinish Pews & Fix Kneelers

  • New Baptismal Font

  • New Sanctuary Cross

  • New Reconciliation Room (repurpose Cry Room)

  • New Nursery (repurpose Kitchen & Bride Room)

  • New Bathrooms (outside Nave) 

  • Fresh Paint

  • Icon of Christ the King

  • New Sanctuary Furnishings (Altar, Ambo, Chairs)

  • Enhance Sound & Lighting

  • Resurface Parking Lot

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Proposal B

Includes the following that can be achieved within a budget of $2.8 to $3.5 million.

  • Increase pew capacity (repurpose Sacristy area) 

  • New Sacristy & Eucharistic Chapel 

  • Additional stained glass windows (Frei Studio)

  • Move Tabernacle to Nave

  • Enlarge Sanctuary platform

  • Ramp access to Sanctuary

  • Unite Narthex & Nave (remove glass partitions, etc.)

  • New Narthex (repurpose Chapel, Reconciliation Room, Lobby, Candle Room)

  • New flooring

  • Refinish pews & fix kneelers

  • New Baptismal Font

  • New Sanctuary Cross 

  • New Reconciliation Room (repurpose Cry Room)

  • New nursery (repurpose Kitchen & Bride Room)

  • New bathrooms (outside Nave) 

  • Fresh paint

  • Icon of Christ the King

  • New Sanctuary Furnishings (Altar, Ambo, Chairs)

  • Enhance lighting & sound

  • Resurface parking lot

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Questions & Answers

Why is the pipe organ located prominently behind the altar?


The Church teaches: "the pipe organ is to be held in high esteem, for it is the traditional musical instrument which adds a wonderful splendor to the Church's ceremonies and powerfully lifts up man's mind to God and to higher things."


The Holtkamp Pipe Organ at COK has nearly 2,000 pipes, each of which is individually voiced, tuned, and "breathes" by a complex mechanical action. The large chests and their 36 ranks of pipes require a substantial amount of space — space that is unavailable elsewhere in the building.  Even if there were a viable alternative space for the organ at COK, moving the instrument would be cost prohibitive.


Msgr. James Carter — with the cooperation of William Becknell, Abbot Francis Kline, a dedicated Organ Committee, and generous parishioners — worked tirelessly to acquire a pipe organ for Christ Our King. The organ is the foundation upon which Christ Our King has established a tradition of fine choral music and vibrant worship. 

Shouldn't the tabernacle be placed directly behind the altar?


The Roman Catholic Church allows for the tabernacle to be placed:


  1.  In the sanctuary — apart from the altar of celebration — in an appropriate form and place

  2.  In a chapel — organically connected to the church and readily noticeable

In every sanctuary, the altar is to be "truly the center toward which the attention of the whole congregation of the faithful naturally turns." The tabernacle, by contrast, need not be central. Nevertheless, the tabernacle's location must be "prominent, conspicuous, beautifully decorated and suitable for prayer."

At COK, the liturgical consultant has proposed that the tabernacle be placed to the right of the altar, such that it is independent of the pipe organ, and ideally, a new Eucharistic Chapel could be constructed behind it. 

Is there really a need for increased seating capacity?




9:30 Sunday Mass is standing-room only, and Masses for Christmas, Ash Wednesday, Easter, First Communion, and Confirmation are always crowded. Overcrowding occurs, too, at School Mass and Graduation Mass. 

If current trends continue over the next two decades, Catholics will continue to relocate to the Lowcountry in high numbers, while the number of local priests continues to decrease. In the event that Christ Our King becomes a one-priest parish, it's likely that weekend Masses would be fewer and would need to accommodate larger crowds.

Why does Proposal B include additional stained glass windows?


The earthly liturgy should be a foretaste of the heavenly liturgy. The church building should be beautiful. The experience of the faithful should be transcendent.


Stained glass windows allow for daylight to pass through sacred images. They change throughout the day, transforming the worship space, and filling it with light and color. They inspire praise and thanksgiving. 

In the Proposal A scenario, where would the Rosary and other devotional prayers be said?


Because, Proposal A has no chapel, devotional groups would pray in the nave (the main church).

Will the color scheme be updated from the current palette?


Yes. Design consultants will recommend fresh colors that complement the flooring, furnishings, and windows. We hope the resulting aesthetic will be inspiring, warm, welcoming, and conducive to prayer.


What accounts for the significant cost difference the two proposals?


New construction. Proposal B requires a change to the building's footprint. Commercial building in our area is expensive. Skilled labor is in high demand, and the cost of building materials has spiked. As a reference point, the budget for the new Catholic church on Daniel Island is $22 million.

If the sanctuary furnishings are updated, what would happen to the current hanging cross, altar, etc.?


Sacred articles and furnishings are to be handled in accord with the laws and practices of the Church.  Furnishings used for Holy Mass at COK, particularly the consecrated altar, would be handled with great care. Every effort will be made to keep these items in sacred use, whether at COK or at another Catholic place of worship.