ATLANTA, Georgia – This morning, March 5, Pope Francis named Archbishop Gregory John Hartmayer, OFM Conv., as seventh Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Bishop Hartmayer is currently the Bishop of Savannah and will succeed Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, who served as Atlanta’s archbishop from January 2005 to May 2019.
The Archdiocese of Atlanta will hold a news conference at 9:30 a.m. today at the Chancery of the Archdiocese, located at 2401 Lake Park Drive SE, Smyrna, to introduce and welcome Archbishop Hartmayer.
Archbishop Hartmayer is no stranger to the Archdiocese. He served as pastor of St. Philip Benizi Church in Jonesboro for 15 years, starting in 1995. In July of 2010, he was appointed pastor of St. John Vianney parish in Lithia Springs, until being named the 14th Bishop of Savannah, on July 19, 2011, by His holiness Pope Benedict XVI.
Archbishop Hartmayer’s installation Mass will take place on Wednesday, May 5, at St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church in Roswell.
Archdiocese of Atlanta
The Archdiocese of Atlanta encompasses the northern half of Georgia covering 21,445 square miles. Specifically, it includes the 69 counties north of and including the following counties: Lincoln, McDuffie, Warren, Hancock, Baldwin, Putnam, Jasper, Monroe, Upson, Meriwether and Troup.
The Archdiocese of Atlanta is a vibrant, diverse and rapidly growing Catholic community. As of 2018, there are 103 parishes and missions, 277 diocesan and religious priests, 62 seminarians, 18 archdiocesan Catholic schools, 1.2 million Catholics, and 7 million people in north central Georgia.
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