The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina believes diverse voices should be present, active, listened to and valued. The Foundation fosters a respectful, inclusive, open environment with varying viewpoints, strengths and assets. In our grantmaking and community engagement strategies, we work to ensure no person is excluded from participation or services due to discrimination or prejudice.

Achieving diversity, equity and inclusion is a reflective, ongoing, deepening process that requires courage, integrity, transparency and accountability. Rooted in our respect for the inherent dignity of all people, we believe these values will help lead to a stronger, more vibrant, welcoming, just and equitable state. We invite others on the collective journey towards greater diversity, equity and inclusion for all.

As part of our ongoing commitment to our values, each year we recognize an individual or organization that illustrates exemplary performance in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion with our Leadership in Diversity Award. This year the award went to an individual who embodies all these qualities and more, The Most Reverend Robert E. Guglielmone. Bishop Guglielmone is a true believer in diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are beyond proud to announce him as the 2016 Leadership in Diversity Award Winner.

“Bishop Guglielmone was chosen for the Leadership in Diversity Award because he represents a commitment to social justice and diversity issues across South Carolina,” Tom Keith, Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina President, said. “His passionate work around immigration reform plus human trafficking has been truly fantastic. His leadership role in other important issues such as equality and fairness resonates with so many people. We are honored to be able to provide him with this award for 2016.”

The Most Reverend Robert E. Guglielmone was ordained and installed as the 13th Bishop of Charleston on March 25, 2009 in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Feeling the call to the priesthood, Bishop Guglielmone entered the seminary for the Diocese of Rockville Centre. He earned a Master of Divinity at Immaculate Conception Seminary in 1977 and was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Rockville Centre on April 8, 1978 and was assigned to St. Martin of Tours in Amityville for his first priestly ministry after ordination. He later served as a priest in parishes across Long Island, most recently as Rector of St Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre.


About the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, established in 1996, is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. The Foundation is committed to addressing the needs of the poor and underserved in all 46 South Carolina counties, and strategically uses resources to reduce poverty through action, advocacy and leadership.