BY MAGGIE ANGST
THE ISLAND PACKET
While Catholic parishes across the country struggle to maintain church attendance, Catholicism in South Carolina is on the rise.
Catholics account for about 10 percent of the state’s population, according to the most recent statistics, but the number of people going to church across the state is increasing.
According to the Catholic Diocese of Charleston, which includes all of South Carolina, church attendance in the state grew from 164,808 in 2007 to 201,671 in 2016, a 22 percent increase. The most dramatic growth was seen in around Rock Hill and Beaufort counties, The Charleston Post and Courier reported.
Church leaders in South Carolina attribute the growth to Catholics moving from traditionally Catholic northeastern states to the warmer climates of the Southeast, either for jobs or retirement, the newspaper reported.