Our parish hall is named in honor of the Reverend Egbert J. Figaro who was very involved during his entire priestly life in many social and civic organizations, including the Black Clergy Caucus, and the National Office of Black Catholics. He was ordained into the Roman Catholic priesthood on June 8, 1951.
On January 19, 1978, Father Figaro was named pastor of St. Patrick. His assignment made him the first African American to pastor a Catholic Church in South Carolina. He was the moving force behind major restoration and remodeling at St. Patrick, a church he loved and a congregation he served so well.
Father Figaro will long be remembered in the Charleston community for his liberal charity, true and sincere piety and dedicated service. When his pastorate ended at St. Patrick in 1990, he became the longest functioning Holy Ghost Father to serve the parish.
Our Patron Saint
of Mercy Church
77 America Street
Charleston, SC 29403