Bishop David P. Talley, Auxiliary Bishop of Atlanta (Episcopal Vicar Region II)

Bishop David P. Talley

“He Will Give you A New Heart”

Biographical Dates:

Born: September 11, 1950
Ordained priest: June 3, 1989
Ordained bishop: April 2, 2013



David Prescott Talley was born in Columbus, Georgia, where he graduated from Hardaway High School. He attended Auburn University earning a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, went on to Sacred Heart School of Theology and the University of Georgia, where he earned a Master’s degree in Social Work. He also attended St. Meinrad School of Theology earning a Master of Divinity degree. He then earned a degree in Canonical Graduate Studies at the Pontificia Universita Gregorian in Rome, Italy earning J.C.L. and J.C.D. degrees. He continued his studies in Spiritual Direction and Spirituality at Spring Hill College.

Fr. David P. Talley was ordained to the Roman Catholic Priesthood for the Archdiocese of Atlanta on June 3, 1989 at the Cathedral of Christ the King. His first assignment was as Parochial Vicar and Administrator of St. Jude the Apostle Church. He served as the Assistant Director of Vocations, Director of Vocations, Tribunal Judge, Judicial Vicar, and Chancellor.

He was named Prelate of Honor of His Holiness with the title of Monsignor on May 10, 2001 by Pope John Paul II. Msgr. David P. Talley served as pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Parochial Vicar at St. Anne Church (Columbus, GA. Diocese of Savannah), and pastor of St. John Neumann Church and St. Brigid Church respectively.

Msgr. David P. Talley also served on the Advisory Board for the Archdiocese representing priests, Archdiocesan Hispanic Ministry Board, Hispanic Apostolate, Permanent Diaconate Program in the Ministry to the Disabled, Director of the Nazareth House, and the Ad Hoc Priest Personnel Board.

On December 17, 2012 his holiness Pope Benedict XVI named him as Titular Bishop of Lambaesis and Auxiliary Bishop of The Archdiocese of Atlanta.  He was ordained to the Episcopacy on April 2, 2013.  Bishop David P. Talley also serves as Vicar General and Director of Priest Personnel.  He is a member of the Council of Priests and the Committee for Ongoing Formation. Bishop David P. Talley serves on various committees for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, such as the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Special Assembly Planning Committee, and the Secretariat of Child & Youth Protection Services.

Coat of Arms

Auxiliary Bishop David Prescott Talley’s Coat of Arms

The impalement of the personal Arms of Bishop Talley with those of the Archdiocese of Atlanta was undertaken by Deacon Paul Sullivan of Saunderstown, Rhode Island.


Party per chevron Vert and Azure; the chevron bary wavy Argent and of the second; to chief a “Stella Maris” of the third between two “Cherokee Roses” Proper; the bark of St. Peter Or, the sail of the third charged with the monogram of the Holy Name Gules.

The episcopal heraldic achievement, or bishop’s coat of arms, is composed of a shield, which is the central and most important part of the design, a scroll with a motto and the external ornamentation. The design is described (blazoned) as if the description was being given by the bearer (from behind) with the shield being worn on the left arm. Thus, it must be remembered, where it applies, as the device is viewed from the front that the terms sinister and dexter are reversed.

As a bishop without canonical jurisdiction (an auxiliary bishop), Bishop Talley’s personal arms occupy the entire shield of the design.

His Excellency, Bishop Talley’s arms are composed of several major and significant aspects. Prime among these is the special twelve-pointed silver (white) star known as the “Stellar Maris,” or “Star of the Sea,” a classic symbol honoring Our Blessed Mother, to whom His Excellency has such deep and profound devotion. The Stella Maris is placed between two “Cherokee Roses,” silver (white) petals and gold (yellow) barbs and seed, that are the state flower of Georgia and are displayed in the arms of the Diocese of Savannah, where Bishop Talley was born, in Columbus, and in the arms of the Archdiocese of Atlanta where His Excellency has been called to serve as Auxiliary Bishop.

The chevron, from the Prescott family arms is composed of Silver (white) and blue wavy bars, representing water and it signifies the Chattahoochee and the Savannah rivers that run throughout the territories of the two Georgia dioceses.

In the base of the design, is the bark of St. Peter, gold (yellow) with a silver (white) sail charged with the IHS, the monogram of the Holy Name, in red. The bark is the central feature of the logotype of the “Year of Faith” as designated by Pope Benedict XVI; the year of the New Evangelization now being carried forward by a new Holy Father, Pope Francis.

For his motto, His Excellency Bishop Talley has selected the Latin phrase “DABO VOBIS COR NOVUM.” The phrase, taken from the Book of Ezekiel (Ez. 36:26) expresses His Excellency’s faith that Jesus Christ instructs us that He “Will Give You a New Heart.”

The achievement is completed by the external ornamentation which are a gold (yellow) processional cross, that is placed in back of the shield and which extends above and below the shield, and the pontifical hat, called a “galero,” with its six tassels in three rows on either side of the shield, all in green. These are the heraldic insignia of a prelate of the rank of bishop, by instruction of The Holy See, of March 31, 1969.

by: Deacon Paul J. Sullivan

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