2020 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As I begin my service as your new Archbishop, I joyfully offer the greeting used by St. Francis of Assisi to all he met:
Peace and all good things!
May your lives and the lives of those around you find the peace of Christ’s presence. And may you be filled with the goodness of God’s abundant graces.
Having served as a pastor here in the Archdiocese of Atlanta prior to being named Bishop of Savannah, this wonderful appointment is a homecoming for me. I look forward to getting to know the people of North Georgia as we work to build God’s Kingdom together.
One of the things about which I am most excited as I undertake this new ministry is the remarkable work supported by your generosity to the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal. The theme of this year’s Appeal, “You are the Light of the World,” reminds us of our call to live lives of love and service, brightly radiating God’s Grace for all to see.
God’s love is not a gift we should keep to ourselves. It is for us to share – through the words we speak, the way we live our lives, and by sharing what we have with others. I ask that you keep in mind that we are truly blessed when we are able to help others, especially at a time of such uncertainty, sorrow and hardship for so many throughout our community, our nation and the world.
When supported and nourished, the education of our seminarians and permanent deacons, programs for outreach to the poor, and continued faith formation and evangelization within our Archdiocese and our parishes can shine for this generation and generations to come.
I make this heartfelt request to you to respond both to the needs of your parish and to the 2020 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal.
With prayerful best wishes, I am
†Archbishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv
Archbishop of Atlanta
Your gift impacts more than 1,000,000 Catholics
90 parishes, 12 missions and 2 pastoral centers enriching more than 1,150,000 Catholics, 189 diocesan priests and 88 religious priests, 86 women and men religious, 279 permanent deacons and 52 seminarians. 11,558 students are being served in our 15 archdiocesan elementary schools, 3 archdiocesan high schools and 6 independent Catholic schools. 40,855 students in parish religious education programs. 15 college campus ministries for outreach and evangelization to over 7,365,000 people in north and central Georgia.