Prompted by concern for the growing number of Catholic cadets at Clemson College, James Gallivan of Greenville donated funds for the first Catholic Church in Pickens County in 1935. The Gothic-style chapel, located at the corner of Edgewood Avenue and Sloan Street in Clemson, is constructed of granite quarried in Elberton, Georgia. The magnificent stained glass windows were created by American artists with imported materials considered to be the finest of the time.

Saint Andrew Chapel, as well as Saint Francis of Assisi Church in Walhalla, was a mission of Saint Joseph Church in Anderson until 1940. At that time a parish of 10,000 square miles was created. The new Saint Andrew Parish included Oconee and Pickens Counties and parts of northern Anderson County. The Paulist Fathers staffed the parish for the next 66 years. In 1996 Father Alexander McDonald became the first Diocesan priest to pastor the parish.

Saint Andrew Chapel has a seating capacity of 84. With a combined student and local resident Catholic
population of only 48 at the time of its construction, Bishop Emmet Walsh commented to the 30 or
so people attending the dedication on December 8, 1935, “Perhaps we have overbuilt.” 

Saint Andrew Parish also provides Campus Ministry for students at Clemson University and other area colleges.

Our Ministry Leaders

Deacon Rich Campana
Deacon Rich CampanaHomebound Ministry
Phone: (864)-940-3167
Email: deacon16@yahoo.com
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Fr. Dan McLellan, OFM
Fr. Dan McLellan, OFMPastor
Phone: (864)-643-2011
Secondary Phone: (919)-699-6323
Email: dan.mclellan@hnpfriar.org
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Fr. Bob Menard, OFM
Fr. Bob Menard, OFMCampus Chaplain
Phone: (864)-654-7804
Email: frbobmen@yahoo.com
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Paul Bates
Paul BatesYouth Minister
Phone: (864)-643-2583
Email: paul@saclemson.org
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Darien Clark
Darien ClarkAssociate Campus Minister
Phone: (864)-654-7804
Email: dnc@clemson.edu
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Jamie Dean
Jamie DeanDirector of Music
Phone: (864)-643-2587
Email: jamie@saclemson.org
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Christy Hebert
Christy HebertCoordinator of Faith Formation
Phone: (864)-643-2587
Email: christy@saclemson.org
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Nancy Leininger
Nancy LeiningerParish Secretary
Phone: (864)-654-1757
Email: nancy@saclemson.org
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Dee Moore
Dee MooreDirector of Operations
Phone: (864)-654-1757
Email: dee@saclemson.org
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Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.

Billy Graham

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.

C. S. Lewis

I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me

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