The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta  

Archbishop HallinanMost Reverend Paul J. Hallinan

“Ut Diligatis Invicem”

Biographical Dates

Born: April 8, 1911
Ordained priest: February 20, 1937
Ordained bishop: October 28, 1958
Installed as Archbishop of Atlanta: March 29, 1962
Died: March 27, 1968

On February 21, 1962 the Diocese of Atlanta was elevated to the status of Archdiocese. Paul J. Hallinan, Bishop of Charleston, S.C. was named the first Archbishop of Atlanta.

Born in Painesville, Ohio, April 8, 1911, he was ordained to the priesthood in Cleveland in 1937 and served as an army chaplain in the South Pacific during World War II. He was installed as Archbishop of Atlanta on March 29, 1962. Archbishop Hallinan is best remembered for his personal dedication to the cause of social justice and his involvement in the civil rights activity of the 1960's. He was also deeply involved in the renewal of the Catholic Church, especially in the area of worship, during and following the Second Vatican Council. On March 27, 1968 Archbishop Hallinan died after a long battle with hepatitis.

During the last two years of his life, Archbishop Hallinan was assisted by Auxiliary Bishop Joseph L. Bernardin, who eventually became Cardinal-Archbishop of Chicago.

Selected News Stories from The Georgia Bulletin

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Hallinan Collection in the Archives