1633 Waverly Road | Pawleys Island, SC 29585

(843) 237-3428


Precious Blood

Pawleys Island


We're Glad You're Here

Dear Parishioner,

We are blessed to have the support and commitment of so many of our parishioners. We invite you to share our spirit of stewardship and become involved in one of our several committees and organizations. I know of no better way to become part of our community and gain the special joys and blessings that come from doing God’s work.

Welcome to Precious Blood of Christ. We are delighted to have you join our growing parish family on our journey of stewardship – sharing our time, talent and treasure for the good of our church and community. For Precious Blood of Christ to be all that God wants, every parishioner needs to increasingly recognize and celebrate that all we have comes from God and belongs to God and, understanding this, look for opportunities to serve.

The Precious Blood of Christ Catholic community will continue to provide the Ministries of Stewardship, Fellowship, Prayer and Worship, Christian Formation, and Social Outreach as well as other ministries to the parishioners and community that are necessary to fulfill their needs. How we live out this vision is chartered in our mission statement and implemented in our daily lives.

It is a privilege for me to present to you, on behalf of Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church, this website. Our website is a great way to communicate to our parishioners all the ministries and activities available in our parish. Hopefully, it will provide the opportunity and encouragement for you to become involved in our parish family.

The staff and I are here to help. If you have specific needs or questions, please call the parish office at 843-237-3428 between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM Monday through Friday, except on Thursdays the office closes at noon.

Again, welcome! We are happy to have you with us!

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Rev. Paul MacNeil

Our Mission

"We, the members of Precious Blood of Christ Roman Catholic Church of Pawleys Island, believe we have been called by God to use our time, talent and treasure to serve God and his children. We seek to be a community of faith, hope and love under the pastoral leadership of the bishop of the Diocese of Charleston, in union with the pope, and the Holy Spirit."

Our History

1960’s: Mass was celebrated in a non-denominational chapel on Pawleys Island and at the Litchfield Inn.

1984: Precious Blood was listed as a mission of St. Mary’s Church under Father Theodore Cilwick’s pastoral guidance. The diocese purchased 6.6 acres on Waverly Rd. A small man-made pond, a low white stucco house and a white building were on the property. The white building, once a four-car garage and today Founders Hall, was now the Catholic Church in Pawleys Island. The structure on top of the “church” was to become our first rectory.

1985: The first Mass was celebrated in this new worship space.

1986: In February, the bishop issued a decree establishing the 84th parish of the diocese and naming it "Precious Blood of Christ." Rev. Thomas Evatt, who shared his time and ministry between PBOC and St. Mary’s in Georgetown, lived at St. Cyprian Church in Georgetown. In May the diocese purchased 10.7 acres next to our property.

1988: Rev. Francis J. Travis arrived to become Precious Blood of Christ (PBOC) Catholic Church’s first full-time pastor. While Fr. Travis was here, plans were made to enlarge the garage because our parish was increasing in size.

1990: Rev. Charles (Chuck) J. Snopek became pastor in October.

1992: The church was enlarged to accommodate the increased size of the parish.

1995: Growth of our parish continued and plans were formulated to build a new church.

1997: Our parish purchased the adjoining acreage from the diocese.

1998: Construction of our new church began.

1999: Fr. Chuck, due to illness, left our parish shortly after the dedication of the new church. Father Patrick J. Stenson, MSC (Fr. Pat) arrived and took over administrative duties.

2000: Fr. Pat was officially appointed Administrator on August 14.

2001: The columbarium project was dedicated on September 30.

2006: Bishop Robert Baker dedicated the Parish Life Center on September 17. The original house, which had become church offices, was razed and the columbarium moved to its location.

2007: Father Pat’s Lunch Kitchen opened in Founders Hall in April with monies from the first Tastes at Pawleys.

2011: Bishop Guglielmone recommended to Fr. Pat to find a permanent rectory for the parish. The decision to purchase an existing building was found to be the best option including: cost-effectiveness, timeliness, privacy, and security.

2012: The Parish purchased a Rectory off campus.

2017: Fr. Pat retires; in March Fr. Paul MacNeil is named pastor.

2018: There are over 1100 parish families registered.