The Latest From Archbishop Gregory's
Georgia Bulletin Column,
"Life inside the papal apartment is generally a very private matter, and rarely do we catch a glimpse of how the Holy Father might spend the few hours when he is alone and not engaged in prayer, study or private meetings. Occasionally, however, we do get some snippets of what some of the recent Holy Fathers’ personal joys might include. Usually these are never confirmed officially but continue to survive aided by a persistent casual observation or two."
My name is Tri John-Bosco Nguyen. I was born in Vietnam, but have called Atlanta my second hometown since 1993. I am currently receiving the priestly formation at St. Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, PA and loving every minute of it. However, this is only one of the numerous blessings of God in my life. I am who I am today thanks to a devoted family that also resides in Atlanta, a faith-filled home parish, Our Lady of Vietnam in Riverdale, GA, a great education and faith formation from the Salesians of St. John Bosco Society, and a very supportive Archdiocese of Atlanta. These are the blessings for which I thank God every day. I am very excited and hopeful for the lively faith and the rapid growth of the Catholic Church in this Atlanta community; and I am proud to be a part of it. Please continue praying for me for the grace to discern God’s will in my life, and the courage and faith to response to His will the best way I can.
The Office of Vocations is pleased to announce the launching of a new website! Click here to see the various videos, pictures and resources that are now available. In addition to the updated website, the Vocations’ Office also has a Facebook page! Become a friend and receive updates regarding the vocations program in the Archdiocese of Atlanta and general vocation news.
The Office of Vocations at the Archdiocese of Atlanta through God's grace reaches out to men and women willing to generously offer their lives to God in the priesthood or religious life. As part of this outreach, they kindly ask all of us to join them in congratulating Josh Allen on his recent ordination to the Transitional Diaconate, October 7, inRome. Deacon Allen will be ordained a priest along with Deacons Charles Okeke and Juan Jose Teran on June 18 at the Cathedral of Christ the King. Please keep these men and all of the seminarians in prayer as they continue their journey to the priesthood to serve the people of God and of the Archdiocese of Atlanta.
Respect Life Ministry
October is Respect Life Month in Catholic churches across the country. The theme of this year’s Respect Life Program is “The measure of love is to love without measure.” Each year, Mary Boyert, The Director of the Archdiocesan Respect Life Ministry, distributes packets created by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops to parishes and schools across the Archdiocese. These packets consist of resources and materials that address the various life issues, such as the death penalty, infertility, world population growth and world poverty, and human trafficking. From prayer services to Life Chains and special collections, the schools and parish based Respect Life ministries around the Archdiocese see October as an invaluable opportunity to develop their own way of recognizing the life and dignity of all human beings. The ultimate goal for Director, Mary Boyert, is for the parishes to continue to incorporate these pro-life activities into the parish life, so that the focus can be throughout the year, not just in October. To learn more about the Respect Life Ministry and events taking place during Respect Life Month, click here.
From October 20th to the 30th, Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters (AIB) will have a special presentation on the Sacred Heart Basilica: “Get an insider’s tour of the recently designated Sacred Heart of Atlanta. Find out what it takes to turn a church into a basilica, the structure that will serve as the Pope’s home congregation, whenever he visits Atlanta. Savor the pomp and circumstance of the ceremony marking the official occasion.” Air times will be Wednesday 9:30 a.m., Thursdays at 7:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. Click here for more information.
The Archdiocese of Atlanta’s Disabilities Ministry would like to share the good news regardingBrother André Bessette. He is the patron of the sick, the afflicted, the poor of all kinds, those who are handicapped, and those who are wounded. October 17th, Brother Bessette will be canonized at the Vatican (the first saint for the Congregation of the Holy Cross). A famous quote from Brother Bessette states, “It is surprising that I am frequently asked for cures, but rarely for humility and the spirit of faith. Yet, they are so important...."
Holy Spirit Church in Atlanta will host two special events the weekend of October 16th and 17th. The first ever Parish Social Ministries Regional Gathering will take place Friday evening, October 15th and all day Saturday the 16th. Onsite registration available. Also, the relics of St. Gianna, a saint that closely identifies with the pro-life movement, will be available to the public for veneration after all Masses on the 16th and 17th. Visit Holy Spirit’swebsite for more information.
Catholic Charities Atlanta’s 4th Annual Gala is set for March 3, 2011! All proceeds raised from this event go directly to support the various programs - life skills education, counseling, family stabilization, and immigration legal services. This event will be held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre with special hosts Archbishop Gregory and Auxiliary Bishop Zarama. CEO Joseph Krygiel will present the Archbishop Donoghue Awards as Russ Spencer, FOX-TV news anchor, serves as the evening master of ceremonies. Come and enjoy the cocktail reception and auction, a seated gourmet dinner and lively entertainment. Past Galas have sold out early, so tickets are available now. For more information or to become a sponsor click here.