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
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.
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