Preparing young men for the priesthood

Fr. Rey Pineda

Director of Vocations

“By their witness and relationship with their parishes and schools, seminarians immediately become a living display of the joy that comes from doing the Lord’s will. I want to journey with them so as to give them the clarity and confidence to inspire other young disciples to respond to the Lord’s invitation.”

— Fr. Rey Pineda, Director of Vocations

The Archdiocese of Atlanta is blessed to have 47 men currently discerning a vocation to the priesthood and preparing for priestly ordination. Under the direction of Fr. Rey Pineda, the Director of Vocations, seminarians are participating in programs allowing for deeper formation and accompaniment during the early stages of discernment. The Office of Vocations prayerfully journeys with all men and women who feel God may be calling them to the priesthood or religious life.

Your support of the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal enables the education and formation of seminarians, ensuring that the parishes, schools, and ministries of our growing and thriving archdiocese are served by well-formed, holy priests.

Making Our World a Better Place

Kat Doyle

“The Laudato Si’ Initiative allows each of us a unique opportunity to choose to contribute to the building of the Kingdom of God, right here and right now! We have a platform to help make the world a better place through a combination of all of our actions and choices.”

— Kat Doyle, Director of Justice & Peace Ministries

In 2015, when Pope Francis issued the encyclical “Laudato Si’: On Care for our Common Home,” the people of the Archdiocese of Atlanta took quick action. What started with the creation of an action plan and then flourished through community partnerships, has now grown into a flagship example of how sustainable and measurable change can be created, change that calls on each of us to be and do better in our relationship with all of God’s creation.

Your support of the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal helps make the groundbreaking Laudato Si’ Care for Creation initiative possible, enabling the lived action of a comprehensive plan based on a love of creation and a deep desire to take care of what God has given us.

Renewed by the Eucharist

Archbishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv.

“When I see other people respond to the Eucharist with such devotion and with such attention, it increases my own faith. There’s a synergy that’s created when we gather around the Eucharist in prayer. We feed off each other, but primarily because we are fed first and foremost by Christ… It is through Christ, it is through the Eucharist, that we can continue to grow and have a more active life in ministry and service to others.”

Archbishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv.

In June 2021, Archbishop Hartmayer announced the beginning of a period of Eucharistic Renewal in the Archdiocese of Atlanta. As a part of a three-year “Eucharistic Revival” occurring across the Catholic Church in the United States, Atlanta is primed to lead the way. Starting fi rst on an archdiocesan level, the 2022 Eucharistic Congress will bring tens of thousands of people together to learn more about what the Church holds and teaches about the Eucharist, including moving testimonies from renowned and faith-filled presenters.

Your support of the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal makes the Archdiocese of Atlanta’s Eucharistic Congress possible, and fans the flame of renewal as our archdiocese commits to increased education about and reverence for the Body of Christ.

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