CHARLESTON -- A rector from New York will be the new bishop for South Carolina's statewide Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston, the Vatican announced Saturday. Robert E. Guglielmone, 63, will lead the 183,000 Roman Catholics in the state. He has spent the past two years as rector at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre, N.Y. Guglielmone will be ordained and installed as bishop March 25 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston. South Carolina has been without a bishop since October 2007 when Robert Baker left to become the Bishop of Birmingham in Alabama. Roman Catholics make up about 4 percent of the state's population. Guglielmone spent five years as a high school teacher before deciding to enter the seminary. He was ordained as a priest in April 1978 and has spent his entire career in New York, where he was born. "I must admit that I am a bit anxious about leaving Long Island where I have spent almost my whole life," Guglielmone said as he was introduced in Charleston. "However, I do trust in the Lord and am very encouraged by the wonderful sense of Southern hospitality I have already experienced." Guglielmone found out about his new assignment while walking his dog Dec. 23. He will be the 13th bishop for the Diocese of Charleston since it was established in 1820. "I am both humbled and grateful that his Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI would entrust this awesome ministry to me," Guglielmone said. Guglielmone has also been heavily involved in Boy Scouts, sitting on the executive board of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting since 2001. Guglielmone was introduced by Diocesan Administrator the Rev. Monsignor Martin T. Laughlin, who has taken care of the Diocese of Charleston since Baker left. "For a year and a half, we have been praying for you as we awaited news of the appointment of a new shepherd for the Church of Charleston," Laughlin said. "As the Good Shepherd cares for his sheep, so we know you will care for the church God has entrusted to you."