Peter Joseph Jugis
Bishop of Charlotte
AppointedAugust 1, 2003
InstalledOctober 24, 2003
PredecessorWilliam George Curlin
OrdinationJune 12, 1983
by Pope John Paul II
ConsecrationOctober 24, 2003
by John Francis Donoghue, William G. Curlin, and F. Joseph Gossman
Personal details
Born (1957-03-03) March 3, 1957 (age 66)
Alma materUniversity of North Carolina at Charlotte (B.A., 1979)
Pontifical North American College (1984)
Pontifical Gregorian University (S.T.B., 1982; J.C.L., 1984)
The Catholic University of America (J.C.D., 1993)
MottoCaritas Christi urget nos
(The love of Christ inspires us)
SignaturePeter Joseph Jugis's signature
Styles of
Peter Joseph Jugis
Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop

Peter Joseph Jugis (born March 3, 1957) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who has been serving as the bishop of the Diocese of Charlotte in North Carolina since 2003. Jugis succeeded Bishop William Curlin as bishop of the diocese and is seated at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Charlotte, North Carolina.


Early life and education

Peter Jugis was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, on March 3, 1957, and baptized at St. Ann's Catholic Church in 1957 by then Father Michael J. Begley. Jugis attended South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte and graduated in 1975.

Jugis studied at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1979. He studied for the priesthood at the Pontifical North American College in Rome from 1979 to 1984, and received a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1982.[1]

Ordination and ministry

On June 12, 1983, Jugis was ordained to the priesthood by Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.[2] He received a Licentiate of Canon Law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1984.[1] After returning to North Carolina, Jugis had the following pastoral assignments in parishes:

In 1985, Bishop John F. Donoghue appointed Jugis as a judge on the marriage tribunal.[1] In 1987, Jugis began studying part time at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. while serving as parochial vicar at Sacred Heart Parish in Salisbury, North Carolina. In July 1991, he was appointed as judicial vicar of the diocese and parochial vicar at St. Leo the Great Catholic Parish. Jugis received his Doctor of Canon Law degree from the Catholic University of America in 1993.[1]

Jugis' next pastoral parish assignments were :

Bishop of Charlotte

On August 1, 2003, John Paul II appointed Jugis as the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Charlotte. On October 24, 2003, Jugis received his episcopal consecration at St. Matthew Church in Charlotte from Archbishop John Donoghue, with Bishop William Curlin and Bishop Francis Gossman serving as co-consecrators.[2][1]

During the 2004 U.S. presidential election, Jugis said that politicians who support abortion rights for women should be denied communion unless they publicly recant their views.[3] In 2009, he endorsed a bill opposing gay marriage.[4] In 2013, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests criticized Jugis and Bishop Michael Burbidge for not warning families in their diocese about Raymond P. Melville, a former Catholic priest accused of sexual abuse in Maine and in Maryland, who had moved to North Carolina.[5][6]

On April 23, 2015, Jugis prevented New Ways Ministry co-founder Sister Jeannine Gramick from speaking at St. Peter Catholic Church in Charlotte. A diocese spokesperson said the diocese cancelled her appearance because the Holy See said Grammick was opposed to Catholic teachings on human sexuality.[7]

On August 17, 2018 Jugis made a statement regarding allegations of sexual misconduct against Church leaders after a grand jury report named 301 Catholic priests who abused children in Pennsylvania. He stated that investigations were going on in the Diocese of Charlotte and encouraged Catholics to pray for all victims of sexual abuse.[8] On December 30, 2019, Jugis released a list of fourteen priests credibly accused of sexual abuse in the diocese since 1972.[9][10][11] On July 1, 2020, Jugis announced that Patrick Hoare, newly-appointed pastor of St Matthew Paris in Charlotte, was barred from active ministry on the recommendation of the diocese’s independent Lay Review Board. This stemmed from an allegation of sexual abuse in Pennsylvania in the 1990's.[12]


In 2005, following the publication of the Missale Romanum, editio typica tertia, its subsequent English translation, the accompanying General Instruction of the Roman Missal, and the publication instruction Redemptionis Sacramentum, Jugis issued liturgical norms for Diocese of Charlotte.[13] In 2006, he reminded his priests that if they chose to wash parishioners' feet during Holy Thursday services (the mandatum), the liturgical law (at that time) mandated that the ceremony was for men's feet only.[14]

Jugis supports the celebration of mass according to the Traditional Latin Mass in his diocese, as has been explicitly permitted by the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum issued by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007.[15][16] Jugis offers mass at his cathedral using the Benedictine altar arrangement (six candles and a crucifix placed prominently on the altar) and has been seen to offer Mass ad orientem or ad apsidum.[17]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Biography: Bishop Peter J. Jugis, J.C.D." Archived from the original on 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2011-07-19.
  2. ^ a b "Bishop Peter Joseph Jugis".
  3. ^ "Charlotte's Roman Catholic bishop says pro-abortion politicians aren't worthy to receive communion". Archived from the original on 2006-03-16. Retrieved 2011-07-19.
  4. ^ "Charlotte NC Bishop endorses anti gay marriage bill". YouTube.[dead YouTube link]
  5. ^ Harrison, Judy (12 November 2013). "Supreme court rules against Augusta man in his suit against Catholic diocese over priest abuse". Bangor Daily News Augusta. Bangor Publishing Company. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  6. ^ "NC - Alleged predator priest, now in NC, gets "off the hook"". Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. 19 November 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Charlotte bishop cancels gay ministry talk at church".
  8. ^ "Charlotte bishop issues statement on allegations of sexual misconduct against Church leaders". Catholic News Herald. Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte. 17 August 2018. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  9. ^ "Accountability". Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte. Retrieved 2022-04-14.
  10. ^ "Bishop Peter Jugis announces release of list of credibly accused clergy". Retrieved 2022-04-14.
  11. ^ "Charlotte diocese publishes list of 14 clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse". Retrieved 2022-04-14.
  12. ^ Marusak, Joe (1 July 2020). "Charlotte bishop bars St. Matthew pastor from active ministry after sex abuse claims". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 14 January 2021.
  13. ^ "Liturgical Norms of the Diocese of Charlotte". Archived from the original on 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2011-07-19.
  14. ^ "Bishop Jugis: Holy Thursday Foot-washing for men only".
  15. ^ "Church of St. Ann, Charlotte, North Carolina".
  16. ^ "Wonderful news in Charlotte". 22 December 2007.
  17. ^ "Bishop blesses St. Joseph Monastery" (PDF).[permanent dead link]
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Catholic Church titles Preceded byWilliam G. Curlin Bishop of Charlotte 2003 – present Succeeded byIncumbent