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The Church of Christ the Divine Teacher served as the Catholic Chaplaincy to The Citadel until May 2013.  On 1 June 2013 the parish was suppressed by Bishop Robert Guglielmone at the request of the Pastor, Rev. Dennis Willey.  The Catholic presence at The Citadel is now simply known as Catholic Campus Ministry at The Citadel - The Catholic Chaplaincy to The Citadel.

Since 1965 when the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in Mark Clark Hall was established Catholics have had a permanent ministry on campus. Catholic Campus Ministry serves the cadets, faculty, and staff of The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina.

The Church of Christ the Divine Teacher was part of the Catholic Diocese of Charleston until the parish was suppressed.  As of 1 June 2013 the Catholic Campus Ministry at The Citadel falls under the parish ministry of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with which The Citadel Catholic Community has had a long standing history.

Catholics have been present on The Citadel campus since the start of the institution as cadets, faculty, and staff. In the mid 1960's Bishop Unterkoefler, General Mark Clark, and the Catholic Chaplain at the time, Frederick J. Hopwood, began efforts to build a Catholic space on campus.  After a great deal of hard work, the chapel and office space was approved, and on March 22, 1967 a Catholic Chapel was blessed on The Citadel campus. Adjacent to the Blessed Sacrament Chapel is the Catholic Chaplain's Office, a lounge for cadets, and office space.

Catholic Campus Ministry at The Citadel supports the Catholics on Campus through various cadet programs, the celebration of the Eucharist, retreats, liturgical ministries, and weekly activities to include a Catholic Monday Night Meeting, a Catholic Bible Study and The Citadel Council 6900 of the Knights of Columbus.