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The Archdiocese of Atlanta is an archdiocese of the Roman Catholicism in the United States, Catholic Church in the U.S. state of Georgia (U.S. state), Georgia.''The Archdiocese of Atlanta: A history'', Strasbourg, France: Editions du Signe, Archdiocese of Atlanta, 2006. Its ecclesiastical territory comprises Georgia's northern counties, including the capital of Atlanta. It is led by a prelate archbishop, who is also pastor of the mother church, the Cathedral of Christ the King (Atlanta), Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta. The Cathedral is the metropolitan see of the Catholic Ecclesiastical Province of Atlanta, which covers Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. As of 2014, there were 100 parishes and missions in the archdiocese.Parishes and missions, by name
''Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta'', Smyrna, GA: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, 2014, Retrieved 1 January 2014.
There were 900,000 registered Catholics in the Archdiocese as of 2010.


History


Early history

Catholic settlement began in Georgia in the 1700s with the establishment of a Catholic mission by Catholic settlers who had moved to Georgia from Baltimore. The territory of the present state of Georgia passed to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore, Vicariate Apostolic of the United States/Diocese of Baltimore in 1784, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston in 1820, and Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah in 1850. Pope Pius XI changed the title of the Diocese of Savannah to Diocese of Savannah-Atlanta on 05 January 1937.


Establishment

Pope Pius XII erected the Roman Catholic Diocese of Atlanta, taking its territory from the Diocese of Savannah-Atlanta and concurrently changing the title of the latter back to Diocese of Savannah, on July 2, 1956., designating the Cathedral of Christ the King (Atlanta), Co-Cathedral of Christ the King as the cathedral church of the new diocese. Pope John XXIII elevated the Diocese of Atlanta to the present Metropolitan Archdiocese of Atlanta, designating the Diocese of Savannah, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston, Diocese of Charleston (South Carolina), the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, Diocese of Raleigh (North Carolina), and the Belmont Abbey, North Carolina, Territorial Abbey of Mary Help of Christians, popularly known as "Belmont Abbey," as its suffragans, on 10 February 1962. Pope Paul VI erected the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte, Diocese of Charlotte, taking its initial territory from the Diocese of Raleigh and designating it as an additional suffragan of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Atlanta, on 12 November 1971. The same pope subsequently annexed the entire territory of the Territorial Abbey of Mary Help of Christians to the Diocese of Charlotte, thus terminating the status of that abbey as a territorial abbey and as a suffragan of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Atlanta, on 01 January 1977. These actions established the present configuration of the Metropolitan Province of Atlanta.


Reports of sexual abuse

In December 2018, a former altar boy filed a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Atlanta alleged that the archdiocese shielded a priest who sexually abused him On April 1, 2019, the Archdiocese of Atlanta published a list of 23 Catholic clergy who served in the Archdiocese of Atlanta and were "credibly accused" of committing acts of sexual abuse since the founding of the archdiocese in 1956.


Selected leadership history

In 1966, the archdiocese was home to the youngest bishop in the nation, Joseph Bernardin. Ordained an auxiliary bishop at the age of 38, Bernardin later became Archbishop of Cincinnati and ultimately the archbishop of Chicago and cardinal. In 1988, Eugene Antonio Marino was named Archbishop of Atlanta, becoming the first African American archbishop in the United States. He resigned from his position two years later after his affair – termed an "inappropriate relationship" by the Archdiocese – with a lay minister became public knowledge. After a period of reflection and renewal, he continued on in religious service in New York (state), New York State until his death. In December 2004, Pope John Paul II appointed Wilton Daniel Gregory, Wilton Gregory as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta,The Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory, SLD, Metropolitan Archbishop of Atlanta
''Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta'', Smyrna, GA: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, 2014, Retrieved 3 January 2014.
and he was installed in January 2005. In July 2009, Pope Benedict XVI, recognizing Archbishop Gregory's need for assistance in governing the burgeoning archdiocese, named Monsignor Luis Rafael Zarama as the second auxiliary bishop of Atlanta.Monsignor Luis R. Zarama named auxiliary bishop for Archdiocese of Atlanta
, ''Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta'', Smyrna, GA: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, 27 July 2009, Chivers, P.M., Retrieved 1 January 2014.

''Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta'', Smyrna, GA: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, 2014, Retrieved 3 January 2014.
In April 2013, Monsignor David Talley was installed as an additional Auxiliary Bishop of Atlanta.Bishop David P. Talley, Auxiliary Bishop of Atlanta (Episcopal Vicar Region II)
, ''Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta'', Smyrna, GA: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, 2014, Retrieved 3 January 2014.
On April 4, 2019, Pope Francis transferred Archbishop Wilton Gregory to the office of Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, Archbishop of Washington. The see of Atlanta became vacant upon the installation of Archbishop Gregory in his new office on 21 May 2019. The College of Consultors elected Auxiliary Bishop Joel Konzenisa as the diocesan administrator three days later. Pope Francis subsequently appointed Gregory John Hartmayer, then Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah, Bishop of Savannah, as the new Archbishop of Atlanta on March 5, 2020, with his installation taking place on May 6, 2020. The same pope created Archbishop Gregory a Cardinal in a consistory on 20 November 2020, making him the first black American to receive this distinction.


Population

Metro Atlanta contains a large, and rapidly growing, Roman Catholic population. The number of Catholics grew from 30,840 members in 1960 to 292,300 members in 1998 and to 900,000 members in 2010, an increase of 207 percent. The population is estimated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB to top 1 million by 2011, with an overall increase of 2,500 people. The increase is fueled by Catholics moving to Atlanta from other parts of the U.S. and the world, and from newcomers to the church. About 11 percent of all metropolitan Atlanta residents are Catholic.


Territory

In 2014, the archdiocese included 100 parishes and missions. In 2007, the archdiocese comprised 84 parishes, serving northern Georgia.


Bishops

The following is a list of the Roman Catholic bishops and archbishops who have served as the diocesan bishop of Atlanta (and their tenures of service):


Bishop of Atlanta

# Francis Edward Hyland (1956–1962)


Archbishops of Atlanta

# Paul John Hallinan (1962–1968) # Thomas Andrew Donnellan (1968–1987) # Eugene Antonio Marino (1988–1990) # James Patterson Lyke (1991–1992) # John Francis Donoghue (1993–2004) # Wilton Daniel Gregory (2004–2019), appointed Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, Archbishop of Washington (elevated to Cardinal (Catholic Church), Cardinal in 2020) # Gregory John Hartmayer (2020–present)


Auxiliary Bishops of Atlanta

* Joseph Bernardin (1966–1968), appointed General Secretary of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; later appointed Archbishop of Cincinnati and Archbishop of Chicago (elevated to Cardinal (Catholic Church), Cardinal in 1983) * Luis Rafael Zarama (2009–2017), appointed Diocese of Raleigh, Bishop of Raleigh * David Talley (2013–2016), appointed Roman Catholic Diocese of Alexandria in Louisiana, Bishop of Alexandria; later appointed Roman Catholic Diocese of Memphis, Bishop of Memphis in 2019 * Bernard Shlesinger (2017–present) * Joel Matthias Konzen (2018–present)


Other priests in this archdiocese who became bishops

* Eusebius J. Beltran (1960-1978), appointed Diocese of Tulsa, Bishop of Tulsa; later appointed Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, Archbishop of Oklahoma City in 1993


Schools

The archdiocese operates eighteen elementary and high schools.Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Atlanta
''Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta'', Smyrna, GA: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, 2014, Retrieved 3 January 2014.
Additionally, there are six independent Catholic schools (as noted in the lists to follow) located in the Atlanta metropolitan area. While those six schools are independent, they fall within the jurisdiction of the archdiocese. The population of student enrollment in all of the Catholic schools in the archdiocese in 2011–2012 was approximately 12,000. The superintendent of the schools in the archdiocese is currently Hal Plummer.


K-12 schools

* Holy Spirit Preparatory School, (Atlanta and Sandy Springs, Georgia, Sandy Springs), Independent * Notre Dame Academy (Georgia), Notre Dame Academy, Duluth, Independent * Pinecrest Academy (Georgia), Pinecrest Academy, Cumming, Independent


Secondary schools

; 7-12: * Marist School (Georgia), Marist School, Brookhaven, Georgia, Brookhaven, Independent ; High schools: * Blessed Trinity Catholic High School, Roswell, Georgia, Roswell * Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School, Atlanta, Independent * Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School, Athens, Independent * Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School (Georgia), Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School, Fayetteville * St. Pius X Catholic High School (DeKalb County, Georgia), St. Pius X Catholic High School, DeKalb County


''Georgia Bulletin''

The ''Georgia Bulletin'', the official newspaper of the archdiocese, was established in 1963 and is published weekly (except for the second and last weeks of June, July, August, as well as the last week of December).


See also

* List of the Catholic dioceses of the United States#Ecclesiastical province of Atlanta, Ecclesiastical Province of Atlanta * Historical list of the Catholic bishops of the United States * List of Roman Catholic archdioceses (by country and continent) * List of Roman Catholic Churches in the Archdiocese of Atlanta * List of Roman Catholic dioceses (alphabetical) (including archdioceses) * List of Roman Catholic dioceses (structured view) (including archdioceses) * Roman Catholic Archbishop of Atlanta


References


External links


Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta Official Site
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Places of traditional Catholic masses St Pius V of Atlanta
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