A message from Archbishop Hartmayer
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Peace and all good things! Our most basic mission in life is to become more like Jesus. I chose the theme of this year’s annual appeal to invite you to make a spiritual resolution to seek this transformation in your life through a renewed understanding of and devotion to Christ’s real Presence in the Eucharist.
The words of Pope Saint John Paul II remind us that: “If we are to experience the Eucharist as the ‘source and summit of all Christian life,’ then we must celebrate it with faith, receive it with reverence and allow it to transform our minds and hearts through the prayer of adoration. Only by deepening our Eucharistic communion with the Lord through personal prayer can we discover what He asks of us in daily life.” This transformation is witnessed in our actions as we love like He did and do His will, serving others.
The Archbishop’s Annual Appeal is a major source of funding for all the work of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, including our many vital ministries, outreach, education and formation programs…programs, such as:
Each of us is called to be Transformed in Christ by renewing and deepening our encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist through the Eucharistic Renewal initiative and our Eucharistic Congress.
Our families are Transformed in Christ through the development of resources for family-based religious education programs.
Our Church is Transformed in Christ through the formation of 47 seminarians and 44 candidates to the diaconate who are preparing to serve our local Church.
Our communities and the world are Transformed in Christ through the Laudato Si’ care for creation initiative as we take care of that with which God has entrusted us.
Please prayerfully consider a gift to this year’s appeal. Beyond what a single parish can provide, your generous gift to the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal allows us to continue our work building strong parishes with intentional disciples and funding archdiocese-wide initiatives that reach all the faithful in north and central Georgia, that we may be Transformed in Christ.
Thank you in advance for your thoughtful action and support of our community.
Gratefully yours in Christ,
†Archbishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv
Archbishop of Atlanta
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