Our Leadership

The South Carolina Catholic Conference represents the Catholic Church on matters of Public Policy. The role of the Conference is to seek justice, fairness and charity for all, with a particular emphasis on the poor and vulnerable.

Our positions transcend political platforms or ideologies. The Conference is neither Democrat nor Republican, liberal or conservative. Our positions are based on the principles of Catholic social teaching and recognition of the innate dignity of every human person made in the image and likeness of God.

The Conference advocates for the agenda of the Bishop as it relates to state government. We seek to work in partnership with the state to fashion public policies that respect the human person from conception until natural death. Our positions and statements are made with malice toward none and charity toward all.

Michael F. Acquilano, J.D.

Director, South Carolina Catholic Conference

Mr. Acquilano was hired in 2013 to serve as the Director of the South Carolina Catholic Conference for the Diocese of Charleston. 

Mr. Acquilano graduated from Bentley University in Boston, Massachusetts with a degree in Corporate Finance and Accounting. In 2009, he resided in Paris, France to complete studies in International Finance and Negotiations at Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Rouen, one of the top business schools in Europe. After returing from Paris, Acquilano lived in Odumasi Krobo, Ghana where he acted as a Business Consultant for Ghana Poultry Network (GAPNET). GAPNET's mission was to aid in the creation of local businesses through a micro-financing organization. He later received his law degree from Ave Maria School of Law in Naples, Florida.

Mr. Acquilano serves as a board of director for many pro-life and Catholic organizations around the country, including Sidewalk Advocates for Life, Law of Life Summit and South Carolina Citizens for Life. In 2014, he was elected Chair of the Ave Maria School of Law Alumni Board of Directors.


Contact Us

South Carolina Catholic Conference

901 Orange Grove Road

Charleston, SC 29407 


Telephone: (843)261-0535
Email: macquilano@catholic-doc.org