|Birth: ||Sep. 28, 1913|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Dec. 14, 1978|
After completing seminary, McLaughlin was ordained a priest on June 6, 1941, was a parish priest from 1947 to 1963 in Rocky Mount, NC. Having outgrown the small wooden church, he was instrumental in having a new brick church built in 1952 that is still in use today. He then was appointed an Auxilary Bishop of the Raleigh, North Carolina Diocese Jan 13, 1964, and then was ordained a Bishop on April 15, 1964.
On June 17, 1968, the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg was formally established with Bishop Charles B. McLaughlin as its first and founding bishop. The newly created diocese stretched from Crystal River to Ft. Myers encompassing eleven counties. The first task of the Bronx native and former auxiliary bishop of Raleigh, was to establish a new diocesan structure to unify priests, personnel, policy, and people from the two dioceses. He also faced the challenge of dealing with the rapidly increasing population within his diocese.
Bishop McLaughlin had the unenviable responsibility of meeting the pastoral demands of a flock strewn over two hundred miles from end to end. McLaughlin, who was a pilot, often flew from event to event to try to keep pace with this difficult task, a characteristic that earned him the affectionate nickname "Hurricane Charlie."
Calvary Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum
Plot: Grave #31, CL-3 (Clergy section)
Created by: Fred Winner
Record added: Sep 13, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 76460520
Added: Jun. 22, 2012
Father McLaughlin was very involved in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church and when the council #4600 started their Squires Circle #2905 in 1980, it was named after him.|
Added: Sep. 13, 2011