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Sister Bernadine Jax, OSF papers, circa 1979-2011 | Catholic Diocese of Charleston Archives

By Jennifer E. Neal

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Title: Sister Bernadine Jax, OSF papers, circa 1979-2011Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1983-1999

ID: A/03/2009.017

Primary Creator: Jax, Bernadine

Extent: 0.42 Linear Feet

Arrangement: Materials are arranged chronologically by subject.

Subjects: Catholic Church -- Administration, Social work with older people -- South Carolina

Forms of Material: Administrative records, Clippings (information artifacts), Correspondence, Manuscripts (document genre), Minutes, Scrapbooks

Languages: English


Correspondence, newspaper clippings, administrative records, and photographs regarding the Hebron St. Francis Center on John’s Island, South Carolina, and the Diocese of Charleston.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection was gifted to the archives in 2000 and 2011 by Sister Bernadine Jax, after her tenure as pastoral administrator to the diocese.  It is divided in two series, Gift 2000 and Gift 2011.  Gift 2000 aterials include history and memorabilia of the Hebron St. Francis Center on John’s Island and a history of pastoral administrators for the Diocese of Charleston from 1989-1999.  Both were compiled by Sister Bernadine Jax, and include original and photocopied correspondence, newspaper clippings, administrative records, and photographs.  Gift 2011 include photographs, newspaper clippings, parish buillitins, parish directories, prayer cards, post cards, pamphlets, and one piece of correspondence regarding Sister Bernadine's service at the Hebron St. Francis Center on John's Island and her tneure as parish administrator at Holy Spirit, John's Island; St. Mary of the Annunciation, Charleston; and Church of the Infant Jesus, Marion.  Materials are arranged by subject at the folder level and chronologically at the item level when applical.

Collection Historical Note

Sister Bernadine Jax and Sister Irene Kelly came to Charleston from Rochester, Minnesota in the 1970s to minister the needs of South Carolina Catholics.  Bishop Ernest L. Unterkoefler invited them to serve the church on James and John’s Islands to develop a place and presence where people could gather.  On January 16, 1983 the Hebron St. Francis Center was opened in a 114 year old white frame church on John’s Island.  Sisters Bernadine and Irene continued to serve as co-directors until June 1988.  Before they left, the sisters helped form a leadership group within the membership.  During Sister Bernadine’s span with the Diocese of Charleston, she has worked with impoverished people, in religious education, contributed on the Synod of Charleston, and oversaw the baptismal life of parishes around the state.  Sister Bernadine was elected as the first pastoral administrator to the diocese and was the first woman to serve on the Priests’ Personnel Board.  She was also the diocesan coordinator of pastoral administrators.

Subject/Index Terms

Catholic Church -- Administration
Social work with older people -- South Carolina

Administrative Information

Repository: Catholic Diocese of Charleston Archives

Accruals: Initially accessioned in 2000; Sister Bernadine sent additional materials on 01 April 2011.

Access Restrictions: Open for research.

Use Restrictions: The Diocese of Charleston makes no representation that it is the owner of any copyright or other literary property in the materials contained in its archives. In providing access to or permitting the reproduction of any such materials, the Diocese of Charleston does not assume any responsibility for determining the nature of any rights, ownership or interest therein; nor for obtaining the appropriate permissions to publish or use; nor for determining the nature of any liabilities (for defamation and invasion of privacy) that may arise from any publication or use. This rests entirely with the researcher.

Acquisition Source: Received from Bernadine Jax in 2000 and 2011.

Acquisition Method: Gift.

Preferred Citation: 2009.017 Sister Bernadine Jax, OSF, c.1979-2011

Processing Information: Processed by Jennifer E. Neal

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Gift , 2000],
[Series 2: Gift , 2011],

Series 1: Gift , 2000Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: History of Hebron St. Francis Center, John's Island, SC, 1983-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 2: History of Pastoral Administrators, Diocese of Charleston, 1989-1999Add to your cart.
Folder 3: History of Pastoral Administrators, Diocese of Charleston, 1989-1999Add to your cart.

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