Latest From Archbishop Gregory's Georgia Bulletin Column, “What I have Seen and Heard” "As is typically the case with any significant parish event, there are usually many people who work quietly behind the scenes to make special celebrations go smoothly. The behind-the-scenes folks often prefer not to step into the limelight; they like being the workforce that goes about their business without much fanfare. Occasionally even when the list of contributors is being assembled, they insist on not having their names included. Nevertheless our Eucharistic Congresses are much more than simple parish events, and they depend upon the assistance of countless hundreds of volunteers, donors and helpers and therefore I would like to draw those wonderful folks into the limelight of this column! You were spectacular!" Read the rest of the article...
My name is Austin Foster and after spending a year working in parishes around Atlanta, I am now in my first year of seminary formation at Mount St. Mary's in Maryland.
Having entered right after graduating from the University of Georgia, I must say the peace God has given me is indescribable. Discerning a call to the priesthood would not be possible without your constant prayers and I cannot thank you enough for them.
The challenge of daily sacrificing my will to His is made easier knowing that it is a sacrifice not for myself, but for you. Know that you are always in my prayers.
- Austin Foster
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The Archdiocese of Atlanta is honored to host a delegation of three Bishops from the Sudan Catholic Bishops Conference, who will be traveling to Atlanta as guests of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). These Catholic bishops from the north, south and central regions of Sudan are visiting the U.S. in connection with the Peaceful Transition for Sudan Initiative of CRS and the USCCB. On Sunday, June 27, a Mass and reception with the three bishops from Sudan will be held at Corpus Christi in Stone Mountain at 12 p.m. The Sudanese community as well as the greater community is invited to attend the events on June 27. To RSVP to the reception at the Catholic Center, please contact Augusto Michael Trujillo at 404-885-7472.
June 19th, 2010 marks the closing of Pope Benedicts XVI’s declaration of a “Year for Priests”, which began June 19, 2009. Over the past year, the Archdiocese of Atlanta and several parishes made this year special for priests by hosting fellowship dinners, creating spiritual bouquet postcards, and developing a “Year for Priests” prayer calendar. These events created an opportunity for us to recognize and celebrate the priesthood and encourage new vocations. The Archdiocese of Atlanta has over 250 priests including six soon to be-ordained priests on June 26th, 2010. Please join us in welcoming Llane Briese, Mario Lopez, Thang Pham, Michael Silloway, Carlos Vargas and Tom Zahuta to our community of wonderful priests and join us in prayer for their continued dedication and service!
We want to sincerely thank all of the volunteers, participants, and speakers who joined us in the June 4th and 5th Eucharistic Congress gathering at the Georgia International Convention Center. Each year the number of participants continues to increase and this year like in the previous few years, we were at capacity for the morning and evening liturgies and tracks. Despite 15 years of experience hosting the Eucharistic Congress, the event is far from routine for the Archdiocese of Atlanta. In fact, this year for the first time, a Francophone and Brazilian track was added to respond to the growing popularity and diversity of this multicultural event. New this year was also a live broadcast of the Sirius XM radio show “The Catholics Next Door”, which provided a national stage and audience for the Congress. The hosts, Greg and Jennifer Willits, interviewed many of the speakers, including Cardinal Sean O’Malley from Boston, Bishop Luis Zarama from the Archdiocese of Atlanta, and Fr. Mitch Pacwa, Founder of Ignatius Productions. This year’s “REVIVE!” track also posted record participation as young adults continued with praise and worship at the Marriott Hotel following the conclusion of the Friday night track. If you attended this year’s Congress, please provide us with feedback and think about signing up to volunteer for next year’s Congress on June 24th and 25th!
A Celebration of the Eucharist and Rite of Ordination to the Priesthood will take place Saturday, June 26th at Christ the King Cathedral. The ordination Mass will begin at 9:30. Again, we welcome the six new priests to our Archdiocese.
The Archdiocese of Atlanta has been selected as the host site for next year’s 75th (Diamond Jubilee) Convocation of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL). The gathering will be held 22-26 May 2011 and will feature several well-known presenters and speakers. Mark your calendars now and plan to be available for this worthwhile event.
The Office of Child and Youth Protection has a bi-quarterly newsletter. The newsletter will be two pages featuring an article written by Victim Assistance and Safe Environment Coordinators from dioceses around the country. These articles aid in promoting what the Church is doing to create safety for children from abuse and reaching out to victims of abuse for healing. To read the first edition of Illuminations, visit the OCYP webpage.
The Archdiocese of Atlanta’s Respect Life Office is sponsoring a pro-life prayer service which will take place at the tomb of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the King Center in Atlanta on Saturday, July 24th. Three priests from Priests For Life will be in Atlanta for this gathering. To learn more about this event, contact Mary Boyert Director of the Respect Life Office.