Staff

Pastor

 

Reverend Father Emmanuel Ekwelum MSSCC

Reverend Father Emeka Emmanuel Ekwelum, MSSCC is from Nigeria and moved to the United States in 2019. He was the first child born to Mr. Emmanuel Emeka Ekwelum and Mrs. Nkiruka Eunice Ekwelum.

He attended Father Cloonan Memorial Nursery and Primary School, Onitsha; the Learning Field International School, Housing Estate, Onitsha; Dennis Memorial Grammar School, Onitsha; Claretian Institute of Philosophy, Nekede, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria; and Seat of Wisdom Major Seminary, Ulakwo, Owerri, IMO State.

The date of his First Religious Profession was August 24, 2010; his Perpetual Profession date was September 15, 2014, Diaconate Ordination, February 7, 2015; and Priestly Ordination, August 8, 2015.

His religious congregation is Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (Founded in Secondigliano, Napoli in Italy by St. Gaetano Errico).

 

Reverend Father Kentigern Chinazaekpere Aririguzo MSSCC

Reverend Father Kentigern Chinazaekpere Aririguzo MSSCC is a catholic priest of the Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. He is a Native of Otulu Ahiara, Imo State Nigeria.

He joined the Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts in 2010. He had his First profession on 8th September, 2015 and his Perpetual profession on 8th September,2018.

 

He had his philosophical and Theological studies in Seat of Wisdom Major Seminary Owerri , Nigeria.

 

He was Ordained a catholic Deacon on the 15th December, 2018 and a catholic Priest on the 13th July 2019 in Nigeria.

 

After his priestly ordination, Fr Kentigern was Assigned to be a parochial vicar at Sacred Heart Catholic Church works-layout Owerri Imo State Nigeria.

 

He moved down to the United States on 3rd April, 2021.

 

Currently, he belongs to the American Delegation of the Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts. At the Moment he is serving on pastoral mission in the Diocese of Charleston South Carolina,USA.


 

Permanent Deacon

 

Larry M. Deschaine, Ph.D., P.E.

Deacon Dr. Larry M. Deschaine, P.E. is a Native (French Indian) supporting our Diocesan Catholic Native Ministry as a Advisory Board member, regular speaker and trainer on Native and Diversity issues. His Native Catholic family ancestry is one of the oldest in existence; traces as far back as the 1680s. He and his wife Kim moved to the CSRA in 1995.

 

A lifelong learner, he holds four University degrees in three fields of study; Science (PhD, Chalmers University, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2014), Theology (MA, St. Leo University, FLA, 2016) and Engineering (MIT, Cambridge, MA, 1984; University of Connecticut, 1992) and is a member of the prestigious Society of Catholic Scientists.

 

He was awarded by the Vice President of the United States of America (Al Gore, 1998) for his work in business process optimization. He also won Grand Prize for his optimization research and application from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (2017). He is a collegiate individual gold medalist (1982) and set 5 national team records (1981-1982) in the sport of shooting.

Permanent Diaconate Ordination by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Goose Creek, SC (February 11, 2017). He is incardinated in the Diocese of Charleston.

 

 

 

 

Parish Secretary

Rebecca Reynolds

803-637-6248
stmaryscc@charlestondiocese.org

 

Book Keeper

Paula Ford

803-637-6248
pford@charlestondiocese.org

 

 

 

 

 

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