Father Marreddy Allam, who serves as an exorcist for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston, is fielding more requests each year from persons asking the church to help free them from demonic possession. When Allam arrived to South Carolina in 2013, he received 10 requests for exorcisms. By 2018, that jumped to about 45.
This correlates with national reports that the Catholic Church is seeing more clients who want exorcisms. Some dioceses field more than 1,000 requests each year.
The annual uptick is catching the Charleston diocese’s attention — so much so that the diocese held a general training on exorcisms for clergy a few years ago, and named two other clergy members in the diocese as official exorcists.