Father Harris receives a papal honor

CHARLESTON—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone announced Sept. 3 that Father Richard D. Harris has received a papal honor.

Pope Benedict XVI named the vicar general for the Diocese of Charleston a prelate of honor with the title reverend monsignor.

Msgr. Harris is the pastor of St. Joseph Church and School in Columbia. He was appointed vicar general to the bishop in December 2009.

He is a native of Aiken and is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and Pope John XXIII National Seminary, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree. He was ordained Dec. 11, 1993, by Bishop David B. Thompson.

Msgr. Harris serves in many diocesan administrative capacities, including: building and renovations advisory committee, the presbyteral council, priest personnel board and the college of consultors. He has also been the vicar for vocations, a member of the bishop’s curia and on the pastoral council.

He has served parishes in Abbeville, Aiken, Charleston, Greenwood, Joanna, Laurens, McCormick and Union.