Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta
|Archdiocese of Atlanta
|Territory||69 counties in northern Georgia|
|Ecclesiastical province||Province of Atlanta|
|Established||February 10, 1962|
|Cathedral||Cathedral of Christ the King|
|Patron saint||Immaculate Heart of Mary
|Archbishop||Wilton D. Gregory
Archbishop of Atlanta
|Auxiliary Bishops||Luis Rafael Zarama,
David P. Talley
The Archdiocese of Atlanta is an archdiocese of the Catholic Church in the U.S. state of Georgia. Its ecclesiastical territory comprises Georgia's northern counties, including the capital of Atlanta. It is led by a prelate archbishop, currently Wilton D. Gregory, who is also pastor of the mother church, the 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. There are 900,000 registered Catholics in the archdiocese as of 2010.
The former Diocese of Atlanta was established by a division of the Diocese of Savannah-Atlanta on July 2, 1956. It was elevated to the rank of archdiocese on February 10, 1962. In 1966 it 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 two years later after his affair with a lay minister became public knowledge.
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. In April 2013, Monsignor David Talley was installed as an additional Auxiliary Bishop of Atlanta.
The Catholic population of metropolitan Atlanta and North Georgia stood at 900,000 in 2010, boosted in recent years by foreign immigrants and migration from other regions of the U.S. The USCCB estimates over 2500 people will join the archdiocese in 2011.
Metro Atlanta contains a large, and rapidly growing, Roman Catholic population. The number of Catholics grew from 292,300 members in 1998 to 900,000 members in 2010, an increase of 207 percent. The population is expected to top 1 million by 2011. 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 16 percent of all metropolitan Atlanta residents are Catholic.
- Francis Edward Hyland (1956–1962)
- 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 (2005–present)
The archdiocese operates eighteen elementary and high schools. Additionally, there are six independent Catholic schools located in the Atlanta metropolitan area.
Catholic high schools located in the archdiocese include:
- Blessed Trinity Catholic High School, Roswell
- Holy Spirit Preparatory School, Atlanta and Sandy Springs
- Marist School, Brookhaven
- Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School, Athens
- Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School, Fairburn
- Pinecrest Academy, Cumming
- St. Pius X Catholic High School, DeKalb County
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- Roman Catholic Archbishop of Atlanta
- List of Roman Catholic Churches in the Archdiocese of Atlanta
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- Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta
- Catholic Hierarchy Profile of the Archdiocese of Atlanta
- Places of traditional Catholic masses St Pius V of Atlanta