The purpose of the Committee for the Ongoing Formation of Priests (COFP) shall be to represent the diversity of the presbyterate of the Archdiocese of Atlanta in the task of assisting the Archbishop in planning and promoting the ongoing formation of priests ministering in this Archdiocese. The scope of ongoing formation needs to address each of these four areas of development: human, intellectual, pastoral, and spiritual.


Rev. Msgr. James A. Schillinger, S.T.L.
Phone: 404-931-7913
Email: jschillinger@archatl.com

Administrative Assistant

Amanda Hailey
Email: ahailey@archatl.com

Upcoming Events:

Committee Members:

  • Reverend Monsignor Edward B. Branch
  • Reverend Paul Burke
  • Reverend Jorge Carranza
  • Reverend Desmond Drummer
  • Reverend Timothy Gallagher
  • Reverend Tim Hepburn
  • Reverend Monsignor James A. Schillinger, Director
  • Most Reverend Bernard Shlesinger



The Committee for the Ongoing Formation of Priests is committed to providing opportunities and support to all priests in the Archdiocese in their human and priestly development. As such, the Archdiocese allows an amount of $2,500 per year for diocesan clergy and $1,875 for religious serving within the Archdiocese. It is expected that the parish or ministry to which the priest is assigned will be responsible for half this sum.


Funding Guidelines and Procedures

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Sabbatical Policy

Priests of the Archdiocese of Atlanta are encouraged to consider taking a three to six month sabbatical for the purpose of ministerial, personal, spiritual, theological development and enrichment. Priests may apply for a sabbatical after seven years of service in the Archdiocese.


Sabbatical Policy For Priests

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Ongoing Programs:

Mentoring Program

The early ministry mentoring program offers structured and supportive assistance, both institutional and personal, to one fully engaged in presbyteral ministry for the first time. Its further purpose is to continue to aid in the development of pastoral skills and to address issues of spiritual, personal, and interpersonal growth and development. The mentoring program begins soon after ordination to the priesthood, with the mentor and newly ordained meeting every four to six weeks for a period of three years.

For more information about the mentoring program, please contact Msgr. Jim Schillinger at jschillinger@archatl.com.

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