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Pastor
Reverend Dr. Joseph Pearce, CO 

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I want to thank all of you for your warm welcome. Some of you know me from the time I used to fill in for Fr. David when he was the sacramental priest at St. Mary, others I know from places outside of St. Mary and some we have met for the first time. I look forward to ministering with you as we journey on our common pilgrimage to the Kingdom of God and Our Father in Heaven as we follow Our Lord Jesus Christ who is the Way, the Truth and the Light.

 
Deacon
Reverend Dr. Terrence R. Chisolm

803-517-2894

Deacon Terrence R. Chisolm has truly been blessed to have a life that has blended many of his passions and gifts that God has blessed him with. As a United States Army Veteran, Deacon Terrence proudly served his country and received an honorable discharge. Deacon Terrence is also a Behavior Specialist, serving as a certified middle school educator and a university adjunct faculty professor. As a Behavior Specialist, he specializes and is certified in Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Cognitive Behavior Group Therapy. In the field of academics, Deacon Terrence has been published in scholarly journals and is a published author with a book titled, “Academic and Self-Concept: A Quantitative Study of EBD Students”.
Deacon Terrence has received Undergraduate degrees from the University of Maryland-UC, and Saint Leo University, Graduate degrees in Business Administration (MBA), and Theology (MTh) from Saint Leo University. Specialized graduate training and study in Psychiatric Rehabilitation from the University of South Carolina-School of Medicine and a Doctorate (PhD) in Exceptional Student Education from Northcentral University.
As an Ordained Deacon, Deacon Terrence shares in Christ’s mission and grace in a special way. The diaconate is part of the three levels of Holy Orders in the Catholic Church. The diaconate functions as the service ministry of Christ. Deacons are called to embody the work of Christ in service of charity, the Word and the liturgy. Deacons serve the Church by being “dedicated to the People of God in the ministry of the liturgy, of the word, and of charity.” (Lumen Gentium, 29).
The formation of a Deacon in South Carolina, takes 5 ½ years that focuses on areas of human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral growth. Deacons can either be married, or single and they lead a prophetic life of service for the benefit of the Church. Deacons lead this way of life by assisting the Bishop and priest in various fashions. Functions that deacons perform are assisting the Bishop and priest at Mass, conducting Communion Services, baptizing, witnessing marriages, presiding at funerals, proclaiming the gospel, serving as the homilist at Mass, providing catechetical instruction, blessings, exposing the Blessed Sacrament and bestowing the benediction, and bringing the Viaticum to the dying.

 
Deacon
Reverend Walt Hollis

843-295-9192

People and helping others is something that has always been a passion.  Even as a teenager my faith has always been an essential part of my life with a strong desire to SERVE.  This eventually led to a greater purpose and, along with twenty-six others, was ordained to the diaconate on September 21, 2002 in the Diocese of Charleston, S.C.   
Over the years, with much prayer and guidance from the Holy Spirit, this has been exemplified by many different encounters with God’s children.  
My secular life included being a Director of Stores for a large retailer, a Project Manager for Arthur Andersen Consulting, and an Executive Consultant for I.B.M. 
During this period, my Time and Talent was given to our parish community as a Lector and teaching Religious Education each Sunday at Our Lady of Peace Parish in North Augusta, South Carolina.  It has also been a privilege to be involved in numerous charitable activities within our local community outreach programs through Kiwanis Clubs, Family Promise, Operation Head Start, all of which have been tremendously fulfilling.  “It’s easy to give a donation, but when you are “hands on”, you receive so much more than you can ever give. 
In Bluffton, there was an opportunity to  volunteer at Bluffton Self Help which led to being elected to the Board of Directors where along with a team   participated in evolving the organization to their new facility. I have witnessed the difference giving of one’s time and talents makes not only in the lives of those served but in my life as well. 
My wife Barbara and I have been married for fifty years.  She has served as a Director of Religious Education and is the inspiration and the foundation of my life.  “I am truly blessed to have her by my side”.  We have one child, David John who married a lovely girl, Jenny, this spring, which inspired us to move from Bluffton South Carolina to this area
We served at Saint Gregory the Great parish for eleven years.  Barb and I, facilitated several different ministries which included, Baptismal Preparation classes, sacramental classes, and faith formation.  My diaconal responsibilities over the years consisted of being a consultant for the Resurrection Garden Team, collaborating on the Mission and Vision Statement, assisting at daily and weekend masses and preaching.  For eight years, I taught several different levels of religion at our Catholic School as well as our Religious Education program. 
As the parish was growing, I served as coordinator of the Youth Ministry Programs, which included Junior and Senior High School and Campus Ministry at USCB.
In closing, Barbara and I feel so blessed in having the opportunity to serve at Saint Mary Church. Once we moved, I was asked to go to Mass at some parishes and see which one we would feel most comfortable.  Saint Mary parish community was by far extremely welcoming.  Over the past few weeks, we were so blessed to meet with Father Joe and Deacon Terrance and everyone, from the staff to the parishioners, who were all so kind, open and welcoming.  It has been wonderful to meet so many smiling faces, which truly inspire us.  Barbara and I look forward to getting to know and serve everyone in the name of Christ our Savior.   
With Blessings and peace,
Deacon Walt
 
Office Manager
Marian Setién
 
Bookkeeper
Carla Thomason
 
Religious Education Coordinator
Kelly Munsee
937-776-2416

Hi. My name is Kelly Munsee and I am excited to be the new Coordinator of Religious Education. My family and I have been worshipping here for about three years and normally attend the 10 am Mass. My family includes my husband Rock, our daughter Jill and her three children, Reagan, Mckinley, and Grant. We all live in the Rock Hill area!
I have been working in the Catholic Church for over 20 years – in four different states. I have been catechist, Bible study leader, youth minister, and Director of Education in addition to the many ministries I have been involved in one way or another (never choir though).  It is so important to me to not only be a Catholic, but to live my life as a Catholic who shares her faith with others while trying to follow Jesus’ example of loving and serving everyone I meet. If you have already met me, you know I carry out my ministry with lots of laughter.
In addition to my years of experience, I have two English degrees (professional writing and education) as well as a minor degree in Religion. I have also been a certified catechist and nationally certified youth minister. It is my philosophy that we are never done learning, especially when it comes to our faith. While learning all that we can, we also need to ‘do’ our faith – serving, sharing, inviting, evangelizing, and so much more.
Please give me a call, stop me at Mass, or email me with anything you would like to share about faith formation and experiences!

 
Youth Ministry

Vacant Position at the moment.

 
Head of Maintenance
Charlie Lillis
786-218-7782

 
Bulletin Editor, Webmaster, Parish App Admin, Photographer
David Anderson

I am the bulletin editor, webmaster, admin of the Parish App, and photographer. I also produce the video for "Our Sunday Homily" that you can see on this website. I have been doing photography for over 20 years, and over 9 years as a professional photographer. I have a lovely wife and 2 beautiful daughters.