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Pope Francis Appoints Bishop of Savannah as the Next Metropolitan Archbishop of Atlanta


Savannah, GA - Today, Pope Francis has appointed the 14th Bishop of Savannah, the Most Reverend Gregory John Hartmayer, OFM Conv., as the Metropolitan Archbishop of Atlanta.

His successor as Bishop of Savannah has not yet been appointed. Until that time, a Diocesan Administrator will be elected to continue day to day operations and sacramental ministry for the 80,000 Catholics of the Diocese.

Ordained and installed Bishop of Savannah on October 18, 2011, his leadership has blessed the Diocese for more than eight years and we are sad to see him go. We thank him for his leadership and care and wish him great success as the Metropolitan Archbishop of Atlanta.

Highlights of his Episcopate:

  • The five missionary Franciscan friars who were martyred on the coast of Georgia in the late 16th century have been an inspiration to Archbishop-Elect Hartmayer. A Franciscan friar himself, he has enthusiastically promoted their cause towards canonization throughout the Diocese and in Rome.
  • Catholic education being close to his heart and experience, this former counselor and principal oversaw the rebuilding of two Parochial primary schools and the creation of a new Parochial high school.
  • In our mission diocese, three new churches were built and a new parish was created under his leadership. With the same zeal, he welcomed Franciscan Friars, Missionary Sisters of the Most Blessed Trinity, the Apostles of Jesus, and seminarians from Nigeria, Ghana, Poland, Mexico, and Colombia to serve the people under his care.
  • He traveled extensively through the 90 counties and 38,000 square miles of the Savannah Diocese, visiting parishes and schools nearly every week.

His installation as Archbishop of Atlanta will take place on May 6, 2020 at St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church in Roswell, GA.

A press conference with Archbishop-Elect Hartmayer will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, March 6, 2020, in Boland Hall at the Catholic Pastoral Center, 2170 East Victory Drive, Savannah, GA 31404.

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