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Rev. Nicholas A. Bayard

Deceased: 2005-03-18


CSM Graduation Year: 1972

Father Nicholas R. Bayard, a retired priest in the Diocese of Charleston, died on Friday, March 18, 2005 in Charleston. He was 84.

Father Bayard was born on September 20, 1920, in Charlotte, N.C. He was the son of the late Nicholas R. Bayard and the late Agnew Civil Bayard.

He earned his undergraduate degree at St. Charles Preparatory School in Cantonsville, Md. After attending seminary at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, Md., Father Bayard was ordained to the priesthood on June 22, 1946, by Bishop Emmet M. Walsh at St. Peter’s Church in Columbia, S.C.

During his 58 years of ministry in the Diocese of Charleston, Father Bayard was associate pastor at St. Mary Church in Greenville, St. Mary Help of Christians Church in Aiken and St. Anne Church in Sumter. He was associate pastor and parochial vicar at Prince of Peace Church in Taylors. He served as pastor at St. Louis Church in Dillon, Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Greenwood, St. John the Beloved Church in Summerville, Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Greenville, Blessed Sacrament Church in Charleston, St. Mary Church on Yonges Island and Edisto Beach, Sacred Heart Church in Abbeville, Good Shepherd Church in McCormick, St. Mary Help of Christians Church in Aiken, St. Thomas the Apostle Church in North Charleston and Blessed Trinity Church in Greer. He retired from active ministry on May 15, 1999.

In addition to parish work, Father Bayard served as a member of the Priests Senate, the Priests Association and the Commission for Ecumenical Affairs. He was also diocesan director of Marriage Encounter.

Father Bayard is survived by a niece and several cousins.

A wake service will be held at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston on Tuesday, March 22 at 7 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston on Wednesday, March 23, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Father Joseph Maher Memorial Building Fund, c/o Church of the Nativity, 1061 Folly Road, Charleston, SC 29412.